Dorothy Adeline (Rosenbaum) Puckett died on Nov. 28, 2013 on Thanksgiving Day. She was 101 years old and living at the Hillside Manor in Missoula, Mont. Dorothy was born on Sept. 4, 1912, in Pratt County. She was the fifth child of William A. and May A. (Hamm)
Rosenbaum. Dorothy became a Christian at an early age. She attended the Church of Christ with her parents. She was a faithful member from her childhood until her death.
Dorothy worked for families in and around Pratt as a housekeeper when babies were born. She was able to prepare food and do all of the household duties while the mother recovered from childbirth. She was doing this kind of work when she met her future husband in Cullison. They had dated one week when Forrest asked her to marry him. She told him if he would wait one year she would marry him. He did wait and on Sept. 13, 1939, Dorothy married Forrest William Puckett. The couple lived on a farm in Pratt County where Forrest farmed and raised livestock.
On August 9, 1943, Forrest and Dorothy and their two oldest moved to a farm south of Lakin, Kansas. There they lived and had two more children. They raised dry land wheat and cattle. The Kearny County Airport was on their property and they managed the grounds of that facility.
Forrest and Dorothy were active members in many areas of farm life. Dorothy was a part of a group of ladies who sewed, painted and made many home decorations. Dorothy and Forrest were instrumental in beginning the work of the local Church of Christ in Lakin. Dorothy was an avid gardener. Her yard was one to enjoy during the spring and summer months in western Kansas. Dorothy loved her flowers.
In November of 1990 due to Forrest's poor health the couple moved to a retirement center in Edmond. They resided there until Forrest's death in 1994. Dorothy remained there until February 1997 when she moved to Missoula, to live with her daughter, Karen Harlan.
Dorothy was a giver of anything she had. She was always willing to help. She gave her time and money to many good causes. She never met a stranger. She was a good seamstress. She made many clothes for her daughters and grandchildren. She made hand quilted quilts. Every grandchild received a quilt made entirely from Dorothy's own hands. Dorothy was always willing to help people learn how to quilt and taught several after she moved to Missoula.
Dorothy was able to see what people needed. She could smile and make the world a better place for anyone she met. She was a wife for over 55 years. She was a mother of four children, Nancy Dooley and her husband of Grove, Okla.. Dan Puckett and his wife, Vicci, of Buchanan, Mich., Karen Harlan and her husband Dr. John Harlan of Missoula, Mont., and Rex Puckett and his wife Linda of Lakin. Dorothy had 10 grandchildren, Jeffrey Dooley, Susan with husband Stan Beaver, Jane Flood with husband Paul, Seth Puckett with wife Pam, Luke Puckett with wife Mary Beth, Rachel Rodriquez with husband Andrew, Jason Harlan with wife Diana, Jabez Harlan II with wife Danielle Harlan, Michel Puckett with wife Sundi, Jayanna with husband Kenton Jackson; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
The family of Dorothy would to like express deep gratitude to the staff,Leslie, Debie, Cherly, Bessie, Franienne, the nurses, and Diana, Taylor, Brandy, Raine, Patricia, Sammy, Kathy, the CAN's from Hillside Manor. This group of ladies were outstanding with their dedication of care to those they serve.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Missoula Valley Church of Christ. Another memorial service will be scheduled for a later date in Lakin. Sunset Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.