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In Memory of

Dorothy May Lankford

June 22, 1926 - August 5, 2017

Obituary


Born in Butler, Missouri, she was the third of four siblings. After graduating from Butler High School she married her high school sweetheart, Franklin Lankford. They were married on June 13th, 1943 and celebrated 73 years of marriage before he preceded her in death just over a year ago.

Immediately after their marriage during wartime, Franklin was required to travel to several duty stations for training. Dorothy had to secretly follow along and find housing arrangements and employment. Being painfully shy this was a great challenge for her. This had to be done in...

Born in Butler, Missouri, she was the third of four siblings. After graduating from Butler High School she married her high school sweetheart, Franklin Lankford. They were married on June 13th, 1943 and celebrated 73 years of marriage before he preceded her in death just over a year ago.

Immediately after their marriage during wartime, Franklin was required to travel to several duty stations for training. Dorothy had to secretly follow along and find housing arrangements and employment. Being painfully shy this was a great challenge for her. This had to be done in secret because Frank was not permitted to be married at the time. When the Navy did find out, an understanding officer looked the other way.

After the war ended, Dorothy spent her years as a wife, mother, and grandmother and was greatly devoted to her family and her church. She was an outstanding cook and homemaker and was always gracious to anyone she would meet. Dorothy was a determined, independent, kind and generous person and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Julie and son-in-law Craig Taylor, four grandchildren, John, Anne, Eric, and Rose, as well as nephews and niece, John, Steve, Robert and Kathy. She was preceded in death by son Franklin (Frankie), brother Virgil Thornburg, sister Yvonne Wilson, brother Earl Thornburg and nephew Mike Thornburg.

Graveside service will be Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 11:00am at Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery, 7777 West 29th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033. Visitation will be prior from 10-11:00am. A memorial reception will follow the graveside service.

Memorial donations may be made to the University of Colorado Cancer Center Fund, 13001 East 17th Place, Aurora, CO 80045 or Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 East Girard Avenue, Denver, CO 80224