The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

June 18, 2014

Dorothy Lehman Murray Tinkham

NORMAN — Dorothy Lehman Murray Tinkham was born April 14, 1921, and died Sunday, June 15, 2014. Dorothy passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving sons.

Dorothy was born in Geary to Edgar and Effie Lehman. She had one older sister, Frances, who preceded her in death. The two were life-long best friends, supporting each other through school, college, marriage and death. They were often seen together, but when apart, people would recognize each one as the sister of the other — such was their bond. They would often spend evenings at each other’s home, with their husbands, and later with only each other.

Dorothy attended the University of Oklahoma. She fondly recalled riding the train from Norman to Geary for weekend visits home. She was quite the adventurer, as she moved alone to New York City to complete her master’s degree in nutrition at Columbia University. She was a registered dietitian and an active member of the American Dietetic Association.

Her sister, Frances, introduced her to her husband, Bill, who was a good friend of Frances’ husband. After they married, the two couples forged a great friendship, as well as being family.

Dorothy and Bill remained in Oklahoma, living in Norman, with only a short move to Enid, and then returned to Norman, where she resided until her death. Dorothy’s strength was clearly evident when Bill passed away in 1968, leaving her with three teenage boys to raise during those years.

Most of her working career was spent at the Cerebral Palsy Center (currently the J.D. McCarty Center) as the dietitian. She worked long hours and took great pride in her work. Her youngest son, Mike, started as a dishwasher in her kitchen after high school and eventually transferred to the nursing department, where he worked as an aide. His working experience at the center inspired him to become a nurse.

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