Celebrating the life of Dorothy Evelyn Garvin
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Dorothy E. Garvin was born July 9, 1916, in Paintsville, Kentucky. She was the oldest daughter of the late George H. Preston and Eunice Combs Preston and grew up on the family farm near Elk City during the Dustbowl. She died March 1, 2006, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital.
She met and married Buel Garvin in 1940 at Clinton, Oklahoma, while the were both students at Southwestern State Teachers' College in Weatherford. They met in the cafeteria kitchen where they washed dishes to pay for college expenses.
Dorothy has been a resident of Altus and Jackson County since 1950 and taught English in Altus schools until her retirement in 1975. She began her teaching career at Wilson Elementary and moved to Northeast Junior High when it was completed. The last portion of her professional career was spent teaching American literature, which she loved, to students at Altus High School. A life-long learner herself, Dorothy took art and piano classes as an adult and completed her Master's degree after she turned fifty.
Dorothy belonged to a number of historical and professional organizations including the DAR, BPW, Oklahoma Retired Teachers' Association, and was an active member of the United Methodist Women. She and Buel were long-time supporters, not only of Altus High School athletics, but also of both the OU and OSU football programs. She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing, and spending time with her family, including her five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, George, and four sisters, Kitty, Ann, Betsy, and Billie Kay.
She is survived by four children; Sue Haley of Scottsdale, Arizona, James Garvin of Altus, Oklahoma, Harold Garvin of Montgomery, Texas, Jo Anne Nusbaum and husband Tom of Moline, Illinois; two sisters, Patty Brewster and husband Verland of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Mary Whitehead and husband Floyd of Tuttle, Oklahoma.
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