Dorothy Porfily Dorman, our dear Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Aunt departed this earthly life on Tuesday, December 27, 2022.
She was born on June 30, 1937 in Lansing, Morgan County, Tennessee. The early years of her life were spent working in the garden and fields of her family farm in East Tennessee. There was never a dull moment spent exploring the mountains, railroad tracks and coal temple. At one time she even had a pet pig, whose name is unknown.
Dorothy was raised the youngest child in a family of eight half-siblings. Thus being the youngest she became the favorite. They were all raised in the Appliacation foothills, being no poorer than the next family up-the-holler. Coal Mining, farming, timber, bartering and moonshine were the main source of income for all the families up Emory River. The country was just coming out of the Depression and headed towards World War II, it was lean times for all.
Her early years of education took place in a one room school house named Oak Hill School on Emory River. Dorothy and her classmate, Icee Howard were appointed as the “lunch room ladies”. Each child attending school would bring what the could from home each day. Then the “lunch room ladies”would put it all together to create lunch for the school.
In 1955, Dorothy graduated high school from Central High School in Wartburg, Tennessee. The next day she and her parents packed up their four door green Ford and hit the road headed to Oregon, and never looked back.
Her employment ventures had her working at: Neva’s Dress Shop, Hudspeth Land & Livestock office, Pacific Fruit, Miller Lumber Company, driving a spud truck and years at Ochoco Feed and Farm Supply.
“Dippy” loved playing practical jokes on family and friends. She also spent many days wondering flea markets, junk stores and antique stores. At one point she took to refinishing old pieces of furniture.
August 27, 1960 she married Donald Porfily Their marriage produced two sons, Donald Robert Jr and Marvin Wayne. Through the years there were many young people she took under her wing.
She and Donald Sr. later divorced. Several years later she married John Dorman but they also divorced after a few years.
Dorothy loved finding her roots and doing family history, nicked named “digging up bones”. On one such adventure she and her niece walked an old family cemetery in late summer. The next day both of them had tiny red bites and itched terribly. First thought was bed bugs from the hotel. But no, it was just a dose of good old southern chiggers. Nail polish provided the cure.
All of her animals were treated with kindness, respect and a lot of love. She would go into the fields and rescue a newborn calf in below freezing weather. Her last three fur babies had a special place in her heart, Bennie, Bubba and Bouncer until dementia claimed her memory.
Dorothy was proceeded in death by her parents and all of her siblings and their spouses. She is survived by her sons, Donald (Kami) and Marvin (Heather), grandchildren, great grand children, nieces, nephews and friends.
A private family service will be held.
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