Dorothy “Dottie” Rayburn

March 13, 1938 ‒ April 27, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

Dorothy “Dottie” Rayburn, age 77 of Delaware passed away at home peacefully early Monday, April 27, 2015 surrounded by her treasured family.

She was born on March 13, 1938 in Paintsville, Kentucky to the late Elijah and Eva (Caudill) Cordial and moved to Delaware in 1946. While working as a ticket taker at the former Kingman Drive-in Theater, she caught the eye of William Rayburn Jr. They would marry in 1954 and together shared 44 years through thick and thin, raising their family. Sadly William passed away in 1998 and her life was forever changed.

In addition to tending and caring for every need of her family, she worked 18 years in the paint department of the former Grumman Flexible plant in Delaware. A bowler in her younger years, she was also a member of the former Delaware Elk’s.

A member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware, she enjoyed the holidays, fishing on the waters of Lake Erie, working search puzzles, and her grandchildren.  Her baked goods will long be remembered, especially her buckeye’s and holiday cookies.

Dottie was a homebody at heart and a simple and kind woman. Strong willed, she loved unconditionally and will be remembered for her love of family and happy times spent fishing.

Survived by her beloved children W. Steve of TN, twins Mark (Karla) of Goshen, IN and Keith of Delaware, Charlynn (Greg) Clark of Ashley, Brent (Joyce Phillips) of Delaware, Brian “Toby” (Mona) of Kilbourne, Becky Rayburn (Tracy Culver), and LeeAnn Rayburn both of Delaware, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sisters Rita Dennis of Akron, Charlotte Cordial (Ed Wachsman) of Worthington, numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters Lassie Gale, Janet Sullivan, Juanita Gruber, Garnet Lawrence, and Opal Cordial

Special thanks to Joyce Phillips, her care giver and best friend.

Friends may 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St. (SR 36) in Delaware. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware with Rev. Michael Watson and Rev. James Black Concelebrants.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery beside her husband.

Memorial contributions can be made to Ohio Health Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Aunt Dorothy will always be remembered by all! She was a kind yet tough lady!!! Our condolences go out to the entire Rayburn family.R.I.P. Aunt Dorothy.

  • Sending out best to the family. May you find peace in your hearts during this difficult time. She was a wonderful woman who always had such kind words. Dave and Connie Curry

  • So sorry to hear of Dottie’s passing. She was always kind, caring, and loving! So Blessed to have known her! Thoughts and prayers to the family! I know she will be greatly missed by many!

  • Dorthy has always been so good to me. I hate being so far away. One of my fondest memories is when she would make buckeyes and my girls would come down to help roll them out. May you rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten. Love you.

  • Toby and Mona – I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May God give you peace during this time.

  • My deepest sympathy to my wonderful neighbors and friends, the Rayburn family, in the passing of your dear mother, Dorothy. She was everybody’s mom on Granite Drive. May you find comfort in knowing she is at peace and breathing easily in God’s kingdom. Heaven has another beautiful angel and I’m sure Gracie and Baby, is sitting right beside her.

  • We send our deepest sympathy for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful person.

    Wells family

  • Keith, Sorry to hear about your Mom our Prayers and Thoughts are with you and your family.

  • My sincerest sympathies! As silly as this sounds my fondest memory was as a kid when we all lived in Muirwood Village apartments, when Aunt Dorothy would have us come over and get some breakfast gravy and biscuits, that was the best! She will be missed. I am more than regretful that in my adult life i didn’t spend time with her. My love to the family.

    Amber Seymour (Rayburn)

  • To all the Rayburn family my hart goes out to you. I only got to spend a short time around your mother but she treated me like family. I’m sure she is watching over everyone of you.

  • Keith and family,

    We wish express our condolences for the loss of your Mom.

    Rick & Janice Trippier