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Dorthlynn Dent Gaddis
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1940
Death: Sep. 12, 2009

Services for Dorthlynn Dent Gaddis, who died September 12, 2009, after a brief illness, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. She was born June 8, 1940, in Oklahoma City, to Henry and Gwen Dent. Her elementary years were at Horace Mann and Edgemere Schools, where she made lifelong friends. She took great pride in being in the first class to graduate from Harding Junior-Senior High School, and throughout her life remained the touchstone and organizer for her class. In 1962 Dorthlynn graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma and later earned a Masters of Arts in English at the University of Central Oklahoma. She taught at the high school in Springfield VA, UCO, and OSU-Tech, and tutored pre-med students in writing skills for Kaplan. For several years she dealt in antiques, primarily Chinese export ware, and had a great appreciation for all Orientalia. At OU she became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, which she served as President of the Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter 1978-79, Alumnae District Officer 1997-2003, member of the OU chapter's corporation board, was elected Oklahoma City's Theta of the year in 1982, and in February, 2009 was honored to become a 50-year Theta. A cradle Episcopalian and lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Dorthlynn was past president of the Women of St. Paul's, Altarguild, Kitchen Guild and food chairman of the Cathedral's Mobile Meals program for many years. Dorthlynn and Gil were married at St. Paul's Cathedral on July 21, 1962. A past president and member of the board of directors at the Harn Homestead, she loved dressing up in territorial garb to give tours of the main house and act as school marm in the schoolhouse. Dorthlynn was a former member of the board of the Visiting Nurses Association, member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City, Cub Scout den mother, an avid duplicate bridge player, accomplished cook, talented hostess, and gourmet diner, great reader and active member of the "grammar police." Among her favorite events were the Country Club bus to the OU games, the "Friday night club" at La Baguette, Sunday afternoon movies with her husband and trips to New York, London and France. Her friendships were extensive, crossed all social and economic lines, survived from her childhood and included her newest bridge partners. She was generous with all her resources, thoughtful, intellectually curious, and a woman of distinctive style. She is survived by her husband, Preston G. (Gil) Gaddis II; daughter, Lynn, of Minneapolis; son, Preston, of Denver; aunt, Marilyn Summers, of Panama City, FL; and beloved Westie, Busy. Her family thanks the doctors and staff at the OU Medical Center for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th St., Oklahoma City, 73102, or the Harn Homestead, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City 73105, where memorials will be established in her name. 
 
Burial:
Saint Paul Baptist Cemetery
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Created by: Barbara Guthrie Prather
Record added: Sep 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41936144
Dorthlynn Dent Gaddis
Added by: Barbara Guthrie Prather
 
 
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- Barbara Guthrie Prather
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