Dorothy H. Tanner

September 21, 1917 ‒ February 26, 2008

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dorothy Rae Tanner, 90, died February 26, at Creekside Care Center in Plano, Texas. A former resident of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, she had lived in Texas since December, 2000. She was born on September 21, 1917, the third daughter of five children to Oscar and Myrtle Hotchkiss of Utica, Ohio. Dorothy grew up in Utica and was graduated from Utica High School in 1935, having the distinction of being the first female cheerleader of that school.

Dorothy was married to George F. Tanner in 1937. Together they lived in Crooksville, Pataskala, Johnstown, Utica, Lima and Mt. Vernon serving the Telephone Service Company of Ohio. She was a 60-year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon. She served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, was a Trustee of the Mt. Zion Cemetery, a 60-year plus member of the Glenwood Chapter #303 Order of the Eastern Star, and served as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Hannah Browning Home.

In 2000, Dorothy donated to the Knox County Historical Society a collection of telephones and telephone memorabilia both she and George had gathered throughout their association with the Telephone Company. This collection reflects the pride they shared of the telephone business, Knox County and it’s history.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, an infant daughter and a treasured son, William George Tanner. Also by her siblings: Vera (Lewis) Branstool, Mary Evelyn (Joe) Torrens, Maxine Hoffman Stanley, and Dwight Hotchkiss.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Sally Tanner Burgan of Frisco, Texas, and daughter-in-law, Joanne (Arthur) Disbrow of Troy, Ohio. She leaves five grandchildren: Lori (Clint) Sands of Frisco, Texas, Jennifer (Chris) Spiegel of Fairport, New York, Jeffrey (Adriana) Tanner of Ada, Michigan, Richard D. (Carrie) Nethers of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Jamee (Andres) Urrea of Lansing, Michigan. She is survived by ten great grandchildren including her namesake, Samantha Rae Sands. Dorothy also leaves behind a trusted, faithful and loyal friend, Ruthie Costello Johnson.

A funeral service will be held on Monday at 1 PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Gambier.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery, % Harrison Township, 8540 Millersburg Road, Gambier, Ohio 43022.

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