In memory of
Dorothy Rose Shewmaker April 17, 1931 - Feb. 2, 2020 OKLAHOMA CITY On Feb. 2, 2020, Dorothy Rose Shewmaker, beloved mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and friend, joined her beloved Ken in Heaven, surrounded by her family, at Deaconess Hospital. Born Dorothy James to William & Blanche James in Oklahoma City, our mother lived a life of love and kindness. After graduating from Capitol Hill High School in 1949, she married the love of her life, Kenneth Shewmaker, in 1950. Together, they built a life that would include four sons, John, David, Kurt, and Wade. She watched Kurt marry Phyllis, who gave her five grandchildren, then she watched Wade marry Kelly, who gave her three more. After raising her boys, Dorothy earned her master's degree in 1984 and embarked on a career in social work. Driven by her passion and deeply rooted work ethic, she worked at Red Rock Mental Health Services for thirty years until her final retirement in 2014. In 2006, tragedy struck as she lost her husband to an auto accident. She was devastated, but found her joy again in her extended family, which includes brother-in-law, Randy Shewmaker and his wife Luisa; and her grandchildren, Jennifer Martin and her husband Ross, Kori Shewmaker, Ansley Sherman and her husband Peter, Jillian Hardin and her husband Cole, Brooke Shewmaker, Tyler Shewmaker, Elizabeth "Libby" Shewmaker, and Joe Shewmaker. Dorothy also treasured her six great- grandchildren, Jeffrey, James, Ellie, Samuel, Oliver, and Brooks. Mom rarely missed a chance to say I love you to any of us; or her brothers, Bob and Johnny, both deceased; or her dear friends and Capitol Hill Class of '49 classmates, Patsy Hamilton, Jerry Barton, and Melvin Deatherage, who each passed before her. She will forever be a beacon of love, constancy and warmth, and serve as a shining example of unconditional love. Services will be held at the chapel at Resurrection Cemetery at 7801 NW Expressway, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6.
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