Dorthy W. Osborn

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Dorthy W. Osborn

1914-2005

Dorthy W. Osborn, resident of Hamilton and Craig for 67 years, died Sept. 6, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. She was 90.

Dorthy W. Osborn was born Oct. 28, 1914, in Honey Grove, Texas, to T.A. and Ellie Wilkerson.

Osborn had one brother, George, and four sisters, Mary, Irene, April (Bill), and her twin sister, Doris. She grew up in the small towns of west Texas. She lived in towns such as Hamlin, Luling, and Austin, and spent most of her high school years in Abilene. She attended one year at the University of Houston studying journalism. It was the Depression, and money was scarce, so she dropped out of college and went to work. One of her first jobs was with the WPA in San Antonio, where one of her first bosses was an ambitious young Texan named Lyndon Baines Johnson. In 1937, Osborn came to Colorado to visit her uncle Fred Winslett near Meeker, and her sister, Mary Rader, on the Rader homestead on Deer Creek, south of Hamilton. While visiting Colorado, she met Bill Osborn and returned to marry him in 1938. They lived on the family ranch on Deer Creek for the next 49 years until his death in 1987. They had two children, Lane and Laurel. Osborn continued living on the ranch part time, in Craig part time, and spent winters with her daughter, Laurel, and her family in Albuquerque, N.M., for the next few years. One of her passions in life was reading, and she was particularly interested in Russian history and the history of the Middle East. She read volumes on these subjects and was always interested in talking to anyone who shared this interest in history. She was a member of the Craig Book Club during the years she lived in Craig. She spent many years working for the Democratic party in Western Colorado. She was a fierce campaigner for causes she believed in. Her first and foremost career was being a ranch-wife and mother. But during her life, she also had time to be a "part-time Postmaster" at the Hamilton store, served on the school board in southern Moffat County, and was a court clerk in the combined county and district courts for several years. In addition to all of the jobs and responsibilities of a ranch wife, Osborn enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, completing daily crossword puzzles and traveling. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Osborn is survived by her son, Lane (Linda) of Hamilton; daughter, Laurel (John) of Albuquerque; grandchildren Lindsey of Grand Junction, Brent Kuhlen of Ft. Collins, and Courtney Kuhlen of Lawrence, Kan.; and two great-grandchildren, Shawn and Abby of Grand Junction.

Osborn was preceded in death by her parents, brother, four sisters, and her husband, Bill.

Dorthy's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Sharon, Howard, and Heather, at The Jewel in Craig for the wonderful care they gave to Dorthy for the past three years.

Services were held Sept. 10, 2005, at Grant Mortuary with Tim Osborn officiating.

The organist was Elaine DeuPree, and the soloist was Joyce Miller.

Selections were "In The Garden," and "Amazing Grace," and a special selection, "Take My Hand Precious Lord," performed by Eddy Arnold.

Honorary pallbearers were "All Dorthy's Family and Many Friends."

Interment for the family was held at Craig Cemetery.

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