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Dorothy Helen Chandler Dockray

Dorothy Helen Chandler Dockray passed away on June 21, 2013. Dorothy was born on May 23, 1924, to Eldridge Jay Chandler and Lorene Paxton Chandler. She was born on the family property, located 2 miles east of Mayhill, which was purchased by her father the previous year. She lived on this land for the next 82 years with only a couple of periods away. She rode a horse to Mayhill Elementary School and then graduated from Cloudcroft High School in 1941. She and Robert Dockray, the love of her life, planned to be married in the summer of 1942, but World War II and Pearl Harbor changed their plans. After a semester of college at Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas, she and Robert were married Dec. 27, 1941. Dorothy and Robert celebrated 71 years of marriage this past December. Their children, David and Karen were born during the war and Marsha three years later. Dorothy spent her early adult years being a mother and farm/ranch wife. She could tend a garden, pick apples, bake delicious pies, or help with branding the cattle. Canning was one of her specialties, and she frequently provided for the whole family. She collected recipes and loved cooking, especially desserts! In 1956, she began working at the Mayhill Post Office as a clerk. Later, Dorothy became the postmaster and retired after 42 years of service in 1999. Dorothy loved being a postmaster. She treasured interacting with her customers - from weighing the babies to solving mail problems. Dorothy was amazingly tough and courageous. She had two children to care for by herself during the war. She moved from Mayhill to San Diego, Calif., for a year while Robert was stationed there. She then returned home when he was shipped out. When Robert returned in 1945, they continued to farm and ranch the Mayhill property. Dorothy was independent, continuing to take care of Robert in their Las Cruces home, where they moved in 2006. After years of back problems, she suffered a fractured vertebra in November 2012. In April 2013, she could no longer ignore the pain and required surgery. After 10 weeks in the hospital, Dorothy passed away. Survivors include her husband, Robert Dockray, now living in Cottonbloom Assisted Living Facility, Las Cruces, N.M. In 1995, their first child, David Dockray, passed away. Dorothy leaves behind beloved daughter-in-law, Becky Dockray Reid and husband Jerry; David and Becky's children Geoffrey Dockray, wife Heidi, and daughters Peyton and Kelsey; Dan Dockray, wife Kayla, and children Chandler, Tayler, and Parker; daughter Margie Hufstedler, husband Heath, and sons Holton and Hayze of Canadian, Texas; daughter Karen Meeuwsen and husband Jim of Pueblo, Colo.; their daughter Janine Treanor and husband Stephen, and son Andrew of Chico, Calif.; their son Michael Meeuwsen and wife Anna and children Cameron, Audrey and Russell of Gunnison, Colo.; daughter Marsha Vickrey and husband Jon of Las Cruces; their son Robert Vickrey and wife Minnie and daughter Laura of Montgomery, Ala.; son Jason Vickrey and wife Amy and son Chandler of San Antonio, Texas; son Richard Vickrey of Las Cruces. Survivors also include sisters-in-law Marjorie Curtis, Pearl Dockray, Julia Dockray and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son David and sister Francine Chandler Taylor. Anyone wishing to make contributions in her name, please send them to Mesilla Valley Hospice located 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005. Following Dorothy's memorial service on Monday, June 24, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home, 1334 N. Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, NM, there will be a reception at Pepper's Grill, 3200 N. White Sands Boulevard, Alamogordo, NM. Also, the family would like to thank Dr. Louis Benevento for his exceptional and compassionate care. The Dockray family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS. To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News from June 23 to June 24, 2013
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