Dortha Lee Chaffee was born December 25, 1924, in Burdett, Kansas, to Charley and Viola (Zahn) Reece. She passed from this life Saturday, December 9, 2017, in Owasso, Oklahoma, at the age of 92 years. Dortha was raised and educated in Burdett and graduated with the Burdett High School Class of 1943. She was married to Russell Oroville Chaffee on August 9, 1945, in Burdett. Dortha spent most of her working life as the Operations Manager for First National Bank, and also had a special interest in real estate and development. She enjoyed a variety of pastimes such as golfing, playing games like Bridge and Scrabble, cooking, traveling, especially to Australia and Israel, and most of all she lived for her kids and grandkids. Loving family members include:
Shirley Hallam and husband Poncho, of Chiloquin, Oregon
Sandra Broadway, of Chiloquin, Oregon
Lori Wright and husband Chris, of Owasso
Steven Chaffee and wife Marianne, of La Quinta, California
Melissa Thompson, of Chiloquin, Oregon
Ryan Hallam, of Chiloquin, Oregon
Leah Frost, of Riverside, California
Candice Dennis and husband Merick, of Thousand Oaks, California
Matthew Chaffee, of Temecula, California
Tracie Frost, of Claremore, Oklahoma
9 Great Grandchildren
Clyde Reece and wife Barbara, of Burdett, Kansas
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charley and Viola, husband, Russell, and three brothers, Charles, Roland, and Ernest.
Visitation will be held Monday, December 18, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Acheson and Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary in Riverside, California. Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. The family requests I lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made in Dortha’s memory to a charity of your own choice. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.
We are so thankful for the years we had Aunt Dortha in the Tulsa area. What a blessing to spend time with her and for our children to get to know her as well.
She will be greatly missed, but we look forward in anticipation to spending eternity with her!
Praying for each of you as you walk through this difficult time.
We love you!
— Aaron, Alethia, McKenzie & Adaline Reece , Monday – December 11, 2017
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Dorotha was a wonderful person and we feel blessed to have had her with us so many years. She was a happy person, and accepting of any situation Life brought her and Russ. May she Rest and Peace.Message
— Don and Martha Tompkins, Monday – December 11, 2017
Shirley, Sandra, Lori and Steve,
We will always remember your mom as a beautiful lady! She was such a kindhearted person . I will always remember and cherish the visits from her and Uncle Russ when they came through. We will keep you all in our prayers as you journey through this difficult time. We love you!
— Terry and Katie Hoff, Monday – December 11, 2017
Dear Lori and family,
Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship
God Bless you and the family, love Karen and Doug
— Karen Kaus, Monday – December 11, 2017
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Dortha was a wonderful and kind sister. We will miss her greatly.All our love to the family.
— Clyde & Barbara Reece, Tuesday – December 12, 2017
Sending deepest sympathies for the loss of such a nice woman Dortha. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
— Victoria Vanecek, Tuesday – December 12, 2017
Acheson and Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary
7944 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside , CA 92504
Monday – December 18, 2017
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Riverside National Cemetery
22495 Van Buren Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92518
Tuesday – December 19, 2017
Charity of Your Own Choice