Dora Mae Deatrick, 94, of Memphis, formerly of Wyaconda, died Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the Scotland County Care Center.
She was born the daughter of Ernest and Maggie (Beard) Tripp on April 2, 1926 at home four miles northeast of Knox City.
Dora Mae married Ernest Deatrick on March 11, 1942. He preceded her in death on April 13, 2016.
The Deatricks enjoyed 73 years of good married life. To this union was born David Glen of Columbia, Linda Ann Kaufman of Perry, IA, and Timothy Troy of Waukee, Iowa.
Dora Mae was a pastor’s wife and worked alongside her husband for over 50 years teaching Sunday school, Bible School, Girls’ Auxiliary and working in the kitchen at summer camp. She supported home and foreign missions as a member of WMU.
She loved family and said how thankful she was that her mother taught her how to work hard. Her hobbies included reading and tending flowers. Dora Mae raised a huge garden, as long as he could, to help feed her family. She loved to read and play Scrabble, and she had a soft heart for animals – especially cats. Even after she moved to the SCCC, she thought herself blessed to attend Sunday school and church at the Memphis Baptist Church. Her entire life, starting in childhood, was centered on being in church.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers: James Conrad Tripp, Warren Leonard Tripp and George Michael Tripp; a foster brother, John B. Johnson; brother-in-law George Deatrick; nephews: Billy Max Deatrick and Mark Tripp; a son-in-law, James Kaufman; and a daughter-in-law, Minnie Deatrick.
She is survived by her sons: David and the Rev. Dr. Timothy (Lisa) Deatrick; a daughter, Linda Kaufman; a sister, Ernestene Deatrick; seven grandchildren; a number of great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Dora Mae was a wonderful woman. She was a living example of her love for the Lord. We have many fond memories when she and Ernest were leading the Arbela Baptist Church.
Dora Mae was a beautiful lady with a very loving sole. All who know her were truly blessed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers and love to Tim, David and Linda. Dora Mae was a wonderful and kind woman. Love to all.
We are praying for all your family. We knew and loved both of your parents.
Dora Mae came to our Sunday School Class at First Baptist Memphis whenever she was able to come. She was sad when she had to miss. She told me more than once “church is my life”. She wasn’t talking about the building, she was talking about her relationship with the Lord and serving Him. She was an example to us with her smile and her words of encouragement. We learned from her that being in church and serving God should be a priority. Dora Mae makes me think of the verse: “I was glad when they said to me, ” Let us go to the house of the Lord.”. Psalm 122:1.
I thought it meaningful that Dora Mae went to be with the Lord on a Sunday… She didn’t have to miss church at all but she met the Lord this past Sunday face to face. We will miss Dora Mae but we know where she is and we’ll see her again.
I have such great memories of Reverend Deatrick and Dora Mae from the Baptist Church when I was young. They were special people and their faith was amazing. They are angels now… thoughts are with your family.
A leader at our church (First Baptist Wyaconda) for so many years. Sunday School. VBS, nursery duties, the list goes on. Dora Mae was truly an example of living a Christ like life. She helped us raise up our family. Both Dora Mae and Ernest are now together with their Lord. God Speed.
Dora Mae was a wonderful loving Christian lady. She was a kind example of what it means to live well. May her family be blessed and comforted by the Lord.
Sorry for your loss . She was a wonderful and caring person that will be deeply missed by all.
I read this recently & it describes my precious Aunt Dora Mae perfectly:
We had a wonderful aunt,
One who never really grew old;
Her smile was made of sunshine,
And her heart was solid gold..
Now she & Uncle Ernest can resume their journey together again. Our love & condolences to David, Linda & Tim and their families. God Bless..
Dora Mae was a wonderful God loving lady. She was a wonderful help mate to Ernest. Always wanting to help other’s and always had that beautiful smile. I will sure miss her
She was such a lovely woman. I dearly loved her. Praying for you guys!!
A great lady who will be greatly missed.
Dora Mae was one of my favorite ladies. She and Brother Deatrick have been in and out of my life for years. Baptized by Ernest many years ago. I remember Dora Mae at church and at Camp Leeper. Later in life, Brother Deatrick spoke at all the local Gray Men’s Funerals. Wonderful memories. I was honored to care for Ernest @SCCC.
Thinking of their children and grandchildren.
So sorry for your loss. Dora Mae was such a loving and talented person in every way. She will be missed for many years to come.
Love, Patsy Murphy & Patty Polak
I’m so sorry for your loss. We knew your Mom and Dad and always marveled at what steadfast love they had for each other and for their church, and most especially their family. Your Mom was the greatest ginger cookie baker in the world. Lois and I send our condolences and our love.
What a very special lady that I got to know over the years while living in Wyaconda. She sure will be missed.
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