HUTCHINSON - Dorothy R. Fontron, age 102, died March 3, 2012 at Hester Care Center at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson. She was born June 5, 1909, in Hutchinson, KS, the daughter of William Scott and Dorotha Strohmeyer Randles. She graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1926. Following high school, she took classes at Adele Hale Business College and worked at Central State Bank. On January 17, 1930, she married Leo W. Stockham. He died September 14, 1938. On April 10, 1946, she married John F. Fontron. He died January 25, 1982. Dorothy was a resident of Hutchinson all of her life except for eleven years when she and her husband, Judge John F. Fontron, lived in Topeka, KS, while he served as a Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. She belonged to the First Presbyterian Church, Chapter BY of P.E.O., and the Reno County Historical Society. She was a supporter and active volunteer for many community organizations, including the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, the Dillon Nature Center, Hutchinson Symphony, Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson Art Center and the Friends of the Library. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Eugene, Ralph and Richard Randles. Survivors include one son, Leo W. Stockham of Albuquerque, NM, two daughters, Carol Murray and her husband, Max, of Hutchinson, Beth Fager and her husband, Duane, of Topeka. She has nine grandchildren, their spouses and 27 great grandchildren. A public memorial service will be held at a later date at the First Presbyterian Church in Hutchinson. Private family graveside services will be held at the Fairlawn Mausoleum, Hutchinson. Friends may sign the register book at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Towers, both in care of Elliott Mortuary. Please visit www.elliottmortuary.com to leave a condolence for Dorothys family. Dorothy R. Fontron
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Mar. 5, 2012