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Dorothy Laverne Kauffman

Dorothy Laverne Kauffman passed away suddenly on June 27, 2022, in her home at Chickasha Lake. Dorothy Laverne (Hardwick) Kauffman was born on Sept, 14, 1933 to George and Alice Hardwick of Granite, Oklahoma. At 11 years old, she started her first job at the drug store in Granite selling sodas and milkshakes.  She married John Kauffman in Lawton, Oklahoma on June 7, 1953. She worked as a telephone operator, and he was in the service at Fort Sill.  After marriage, they moved to Oklahoma City. Together they had three children: Don, Peggy and Johnna. She and John also helped raise one brother and two brothers-in law. While living in Oklahoma City, Dorothy worked as a secretary for a law firm.
 In 1972 they moved to the Chickasha Lake Community in Verden, Oklahoma where she lived for 50 years. In Verden, she worked as the school secretary and lunch lady for over 12 years. Dorothy loved hummingbirds and birds of any kind. She spent many years collecting hummingbird figurines and feeding numerous birds outside her kitchen windows. Every day she made a gallon of hummingbird nectar to fill her many outdoor feeders.  After retirement, she enjoyed many favorite pastimes including woodworking, ceramics, sewing, and gardening. Everyone in her community enjoyed her beautiful flower gardens from spring to fall.  At Christmas, her Christmas candy was always a big hit among teachers, neighbors, and family members.  Her favorite companion, Zippy was always next to her ready to chase a toy and get a treat.

Dorothy will be honored at 10:30 AM on Friday, July 1, 2022, at her home garden at 29 Catfish Lane, Chickasha Lake. The service will be followed by a private family burial. Under direction of Mcray Funeral Home in Chickasha, visitation will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  The family will be there on Thursday from 4:30-6:30 PM.

Preceded in death by her husband, John Eli Kauffman Jr., parents, George & Alice Hardwick, Brothers and spouses George and Willie Jean Hardwick, Buddy and Shirley Hardwick, Floyd Lee (Sam) Hardwick, Anne Gable, Roy Kauffman, and Mel Kauffman.

She is survived by her children: Don Kauffman and wife, Kathy of Blanchard, OK; Peggy Willis and husband, Tim of Verden, OK; and Johnna Kauffman Evans of Chickasha, OK. Her grandchildren: Michelle and Kip Fowler of Verden; Brandon Willis of Verden; Kyle and Kayse Kauffman of Blanchard; Sarah Evans of Yukon; Rachel Evans of Midwest City; and Zach Evans of Thomas, Oklahoma. Great grandchildren: Stephanie Fowler, Teresa Henderson and husband Aaron, Kaden Fowler and wife Baylie, Magen Willis and fiancé Logan Nitzel, Mika Evans, Raven Evans, Danni Kauffman, Emily Evans, and Maya Evans.
Great great grandchildren: Evan Sellers, Gabriel Fowler, and Aaron Henderson. Sister-in-law Wanda Hardwick; brother-in-law Mark Kauffman and Liz; sister-in-law Blanche Kauffman,  and brother-in-law Dick Kauffman and Rikki.

McRay Funeral Home
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 806, Chickasha, OK  73023
Location:  110 S. 8th Street, Chickasha, OK  73018 
Corner of 8th & Chickasha Ave. Near Downtown

Phone: 405-224-4141

Fax:  405-224-1584


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