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Dorothy Helen Chandler Dockray

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Dorothy Helen Chandler Dockray passed away June 21, 2013. Dorothy was born May 23, 1924, to Eldridge Jay Chandler and Lorene Paxton Chandler. She was born on the family property located two 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 WWII 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 of 2012. In April of 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.
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 at 10 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2013, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home, 1334 N. Scenic Dr., Alamogordo, NM, there will be a reception at Pepper's Grill, 3200 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo.
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.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 22 to June 26, 2013
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