Dorothy J. (Vanderbilt) Doudna

November 08, 1926 ‒ June 03, 2013

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Dorothy J. Doudna passed away Monday morning, June 3, 2013 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a brief illness. She was 86.

Born November 8, 1926 in Lexington, Dorothy was the daughter of John L. & Bernice R. (Chance) Vanderbilt and attended Lexington High School.

Dorothy married Charles Emerson Doudna on June 12, 1945 and together they raised three children. She dedicated her life to making a loving home for her family. They lived in Union County until 1966 when the family moved back to Bellville.

She was more than a farmer’s wife. Dorothy worked hard beside Charlie. She tended to a large vegetable garden and flowers thrived under her green thumb. Also a talented seamstress, she made over 170 afghans and baby quilts, multiple wedding dresses (including her daughter’s), countless prom dresses, and Clear Fork uniforms for the grandkids. Although her fantastic cooking ability was passed down from her mother, Dorothy’s famous butterscotch pie recipe came from her mother-in-law.

Dorothy was a member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church for 75 years and served as the church sexton for many years.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter: Robert L. “Bob” (Tina) Doudna of Sea Side, CA, Wilson “Bill” (Joanne) Doudna of Galion, and Bethonie “Beth” (Dean) Mowry of Lexington; grandchildren Andy Doudna of Oakley, CA, José “Joe” (Cherie) Doudna of Aromas, CA, Lori (Brent) Staton of Cookeville, TN, Lisa (Jamie) Bowman of Cookeville, TN, Wesleigh Mowry of Hilliard, Whitneigh (Seth) Stephens of Lexington, and Amanda Arnold of Draper, UT; step-grandson Brian Mowry (Tonia Hauk) of Lexington; one great-granddaughter, six step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-granddaughter; two sisters Maxine (Richard) Meredith, and Regina Sand all of Lexington; two brothers-in-law Roy Walter of Lexington and Carl Noblet of Bellville; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Charlie on October 27, 1988; siblings Grace Vanderbilt Walter, Johnny R. Vanderbilt, Patricia Vanderbilt Noblet; brother-in-law Dave Sand; her stepmother Betty Newlon Vanderbilt; and a nephew.

Her family will receive friends 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m. on Friday. Pastors Jim Randas and Jim Streib will officiate and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

Contributions in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may be made at the funeral home.

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