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Dorcas A. Damron

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Dorcas A. Damron was born on Wednesday, March 3, 1920, in Paris, TX, and passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019, in Rio Rancho, NM. At her passing Dorcas was 99, living at Casa de Paz, an assisted-living facility whose loving caretakers knew her as “Miss Dorcas.” Dorcas was the first of five children born to Holice Britt White, a Baptist minister, and Sydney Augusta (Gussie) White, a church organist. Her four siblings and their respective families were: Miriam (Mickey) Honce of Florida, husband Charles, and sons Chuck and Sterling; Elizabeth H. (Bibba) Johnson of Dallas, and her husband Paige; Rhesa Holtzen Faulkner of California, and sons Wally, Gregory, and Jeff; and Joseph H. White of Wichita Falls, wife Betty, and children Mickey, Vicky and Nicki.

Preceding Dorcas in death were her husband, L E (Doc) Damron, a school principal and avid outdoorsman; their daughter, Lagenia Kay (Genie) Damron, a teacher and talented musician; Dorcas’ parents, Holice and Gussie; two of her sisters, Miriam and Rhesa; and her sister-in-law, Betty.

Through the mid-1930s Dorcas worked a variety of jobs, earning a private pilot’s license under the new Air Commerce Act of 1926, and pursuing an education degree at SE Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK. During that time, she met Doc and on October 26, 1941, they married. Dorcas continued work and school while Doc entered the Army in June 1942. He was in France when Dorcas gave birth to Lagenia Kay on November 17, 1944, and was home on February 8, 1947, when she gave birth to their son, Gary Wayne. They then spent several years in Durant, Kemp and Ardmore, OK, raising their children, working low-pay teaching jobs, and contemplating their future.

In 1955, the Damrons moved to Artesia, NM, encouraged by friends who had already moved there in search of better living conditions. Doc became a principal in Artesia, and Dorcas taught first grade at Cottonwood School north of town. Every fall for 30 years, Dorcas welcomed a new group of nervous first-graders to their country school. Most spoke no English, some were dyslexic, and many couldn’t tie their shoes, but Dorcas patiently taught them what they needed to know.

At retirement, Dorcas and Doc moved to Roswell, close to their veterinarian son Gary, his wife Lynne Harmon Damron, and their grandchildren Stephen Wayne Damron and Kelly Lynne Stirsman. Fishing trips, family time, and watching school events delighted them, and Dorcas remained committed to her love of reading. She tutored through the Roswell Literacy Council, volunteered at the non-profit ENM Medical Hospital Auxiliary, and stayed active in Kappa Kappa Gamma, a philanthropic fraternity whose stated purpose is simple: “reading.”

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On Dorcas’ behalf, thank you to Hospice Compassus for their commitment to her comfort, and to the amazing, loving staff at Casa de Paz who sustained Dorcas day and night. Finally, a heartfelt thank you to grandson Stephen, granddaughter Kelly, and great-granddaughter Elena Lynne Stirsman, three gentle souls whose countless visits brought love, humor, and creative entertainment to their Mammaw’s bedside.

A private graveside service will be held on a future date when Dorcas’ ashes will be placed in a box hand-crafted by her son, Gary, and laid next to Doc in the South Park Cemetery, Roswell. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Roswell Literacy Council, 609 W. 10th, Rowell, NM 88201. Please visit our online guestbook for Dorcas at www.frenchfunerals.com