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Dorothy Evelyn (McCandless) Coburn, lovingly known as Dottie, passed away on April 25, 2017 at the age of 73 to be with Jesus. Dottie was born to John and LuElla McCandless on October 28, 1943 in Tulsa, OK. She is preceded in death by her parents, older brother John, and husbands Jackie Milton Coburn, Thomas Ely and Tommie Testerman.
Dottie attended elementary school in Caney, KS before moving to Stillwater. She graduated C.E. Donart High School in 1961 and went on to get her cosmetology license in OKC. Her career as a beautician spanned over 30 years in Stillwater including ownership of the Portrait Beauty Salon at the corner of Main and 5th St. In later years, Dottie worked as an in-home caregiver helping families care for failing loved ones. Her last 2 years were spent in care at Green Valley Nursing Home in Perry, OK battling Parkinson's and dementia.
Dottie has been a devout member of the 7th Day Adventist Church and always looked for ways to spread the gospel of Christ. Her passions included the study biblical scripture, music, gardening, crafts, friends and her family.
She is survived by one brother, Charles Francis McCandless and wife Ruth of Richmond, TX and nieces and nephews; Cherie Ann Sullivan of Bartlesville, OK; John Charles McCandless of Glenpool, OK; Charles Franklin McCandless and wife Adrian of Ft. Worth, TX; and Melissa Lu Whiteland and husband Joshua of Colorado Spring, CO. There are 14 great and 4 great-great nieces & nephews.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Palmer Marler Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00pm. Arrangements are under the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Stillwater. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 27 from 12 noon to 8:00pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Seventh Day Adventist Church or Companion Hospice in care of Palmer Marler Fuenral Home, 5106 North Washington, Stillwater, OK 74075.
Published on April 26, 2017
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