Dorothy Mann (1927 - 2018)

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Dorothy Mann, 90 years young, embarked on her latest sojourn on Jan. 13, 2018, after years of keeping non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at bay.
Born Dorothy Matilda Davis to George Lowell Davis and Grace Payne Davis in Detroit, Mich., on Father's Day, June 19, 1927, she moved to Boston, Mass., as a young child. During World War II, she worked at the Lahey Clinic in Boston ministering to soldiers. She then ventured to New York City to pursue her passion for the theatre. At a dinner club in Mendon, Mass., while traveling with a show, she met a dashing young uniformed man in the Army Air Corps - her future husband, Lester P. Mann Jr. Five months later, on Oct. 11, 1947, they were married, beginning a partnership of more than 60 years, traversing the globe with the Air Force and independent airlines. When Lester retired, they built a house on Cape Cod they dearly loved, with the intention of permanently settling, but 1972 saw them moving to Anchorage, Alaska, with Japan Airlines. Dorothy, having worked decades earlier as a switchboard operator in NYC, took a position as a directory assistance operator at Anchorage Telephone Utility. She was very proud of her IBEW affiliation.
Dorothy and Lester continued to travel at every opportunity, always sending each grandchild a postcard from every destination. We all await a future postcard.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester; and numerous furry friends. She leaves behind her daughters, Leslie Mann (Steve Caterina) and Kelly Mann; grandchildren, Peter (Kaylie) Frank, Laura (Richie) Crum, Julia Frank (Danny Ungrue) and Dominick (Britta) Frank; her beloved great-grandchildren (Gigi to them), Ethan, Evelyn, Madeleine, Gracyn, Audrey and Kyla; and her (Dottie's) dear childhood friends, Betty Beattie and Geneva Dudley.
Dorothy will join Lester at Fort Richardson Cemetery. A celebration of life will take place at Primrose Retirement Community of Wasilla, Alaska, in the near future. In lieu of flowers, please donate your time and a box of biscuits to your local animal shelter, or donate to .
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Wasilla, AK 99654
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 4, 2018
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