Carmen  Dorris
Carmen (Dermer) Lehnert Dorris was born on April 5, 1936, and died on April 5, 2019, at her home in Stillwater. Memorial services will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on Saturday, September 14, at 2:00 PM.

Carmen, the daughter of Otis and Vern (Hughes) Dermer, was born and raised in Stillwater. As an Air Force wife of Richard (Dick) Lehnert, Carmen had the opportunity to live in many places, including Texas, Japan, Tennessee, California, and Florida. She earned her master's degree in psychology, taught public school in Red Rock and in Stillwater, and had the distinction to be selected "Teacher of the Year." Carmen had an abiding love of music and literature, including poetry. She loved sharing and learning new jokes.

Preserving and protecting the environment was very important to Carmen. She and her second husband, Troy Dorris, helped establish Walden Hill, west of Stillwater, as a place to celebrate nature and live in harmony with it. Carmen valiantly protected a large, old tree destined to be removed near the hospital. Wildflowers, shrubs and trees at Carmen's house and nearby were a testament to her commitment to plants. Her dogs and cats were also an important part of her life.

Carmen was predeceased by her parents; her first husband, Dick Lehnert; her second husband, Troy Dorris; her son, Chris Lehnert and her brother Richard Dermer.

She is survived by her daughters Heather Atkinson (Richard), and Lenore Kendrick; sister, V. A. Ospovat (Naaman); sister-in-law, Marti Dermer; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, many nieces, nephews and special friends.

Condolences may be emailed to the family, and an online obituary may be viewed at
Published on August 29, 2019


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Aug 30, 2019
My thoughts are with Carmen’s family. She truly sounds like a great person. It is so painful thing to lose someone, yet no one else can really know all that you feel except our Heavenly Father. He knows and feels your pain. He calls death an enemy and promises to remove it forever, Isaiah 25:8 “And he will swallow up death forever…” He also promised to wake up all our loved ones, in the memorial tombs, from death (Isaiah 26:19). What joy it will be to see our loved ones again and to enjoy life as our Creator purposed (Psalms 145:16). I  hope these words give all of you comfort.
Jennifer Wheeler
Aug 29, 2019
Carmen was and always will be the most fascinating person I've ever met!!! I miss our friendship and I will remember her forever. Stillwater has lost a true gem...
Aug 29, 2019
Carmen was unique, fun, intense and an inspiration. She was way ahead of her time environmentally. Her heart was huge, her battles big. Thank you Carmen for being a part of my life.