Funeral services for Dorothy G. Painter, 91 year old Buffalo woman who passed away Thursday morning at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Monday, November 11th, at 9:00 a.m. from the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church with Father Doug Wasinger officiating. Burial will be in Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado at a later date. Donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to the Johnson County Public Library in care of Harness Funeral Home.
Dorothy Elizabeth Gammon was born on June 23, 1922 to Clarence J. Gammon, Sr. and Ruby Leighton Gammon. She was the only child born on the Gammon ranch (which had been the TA Ranch). She attended school in Buffalo and graduated from Johnson County High School in 1940. She attended MacMurray College (Jacksonville, IL) and the University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), before graduating from the University of Denver (CO) in 1944 with a degree in library science. Dorothy met Alden H. Painter, Jr. in Denver when he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base. They were married in Buffalo on December 26, 1944.
After Alden’s discharge in 1946, they made their home in Buffalo until he was recalled to active service in 1953. From then until his retirement from the Air Force in 1969, they lived across the country and in Spain. After he retired, they moved to Aurora, CO, where she continued to live after his death in 1998, returning to live in Buffalo in 2011.
Dorothy worked as a librarian at Great Lakes Naval Hospital (IL), Ellsworth Air Force Base (Rapid City, SD), Douglas High School (Rapid City, SD), and Aurora Public Library (CO). She was active in the Episcopal Church, the Aurora History Museum, and Aurora Quilters.
She is survived by her four daughters, Janie Marquiss of Pleasanton, TX, Elizabeth Painter and her husband Dieter Wilken of Santa Barbara, CA, Julia Aubrey and her husband Tom of Buffalo, and Lucinda Bailey and her husband Tim of Layton, UT; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her brother, John P. Gammon II; her sister-in-law, Mary Gammon; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two brothers, Clarence J. Gammon, Jr. and his infant twin.