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Dorothy Morine Lester VanDeventer
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Birth: Apr. 26, 1925
Death: Dec. 18, 2010

Dorothy Morine VanDeventer, 85, of Amarillo died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St.

Dorothy Morine VanDeventer left this earth to take up residence in the home that her heavenly father prepared for her on 12/18/10.

Dorothy was born April 26, 1925, in Memphis to Robert and Inez Lester. She graduated from Memphis High School in 1942. She married Lloyd VanDeventer on Feb. 11, 1943, in Tyler. Their only child, Michael VanDeventer, was born on Dec. 23, 1944, in Memphis. They soon moved to Hedley, where they ran the funeral home for many years.

In the early '50s, they relocated to Amarillo. She went to work at First National Bank as a secretary. She was a very active member of the National Secretaries Association, serving several offices and honored as secretary of the year.

She retired from the bank after 20 years and opened her first Merle Norman Cosmetics store in Wolflin Square in 1972. In 1982, she opened her second location in the newly built Westgate Mall. She retired from Merle Norman after 35 years.

In 1972, her only grandchild, Michelle, was born. In the mid-'80s, they took her in to raise. They spent many wonderful years traveling and vacationing at their lake house on Lake Palestine.

Dorothy was a longtime faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Amarillo. She volunteered in various ministries and the Perkins Community Center was especially close to her heart. She spent many hours helping the needy and sharing God's word.

During her retirement years, she traveled the world. She loved listening to and following George Strait. She was a very proud member of his fan club.

When the great-grandkids came along, she devoted most of her time in participating in their lives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Inez Lester; her husband, Lloyd; and a son, Michael.

Survivors include a granddaughter, Michelle Labrier and husband Gary; two great-grandsons, Brenden VanDeventer and Hayden Labrier; a great-granddaughter, Kelcie Crawford; a daughter-in-law, Evelyn VanDeventer; a brother, Bill Lester; and various nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family suggests memorials be to Faith City Mission, 401 S.E. Second Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101-1511; Perkins Community Center, 1515 S. Buchanan St., Amarillo, TX 79101-4430; or Sharing Hope Ministry, 3714 Julie Drive, Amarillo, TX 79109-4414.

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Amarillo Globe-News, Dec. 19, 2010 
Memory Gardens Cemetery
Randall County
Texas, USA
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Dec 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63064656
Dorothy Morine <i>Lester</i> VanDeventer
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Dorothy Morine <i>Lester</i> VanDeventer
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 Added: Dec. 22, 2010

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