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Dorothy Matilda Leelman

Lead Hill, AR, 1922 - 2022

Dorothy Matilda Leelman, age 99, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2022. On August 11, 1922, Dorothy Matilda Leelman was born on a farm in Abercrombie, North Dakota. As the oldest of nine children, she learned the value of community and family that she carried with her throughout her life. First as a Lieutenant in the United States Army during War World II where she nursed injured GI's back to health. And then later as a mother to two, a grandmother of three, and a great-grandmother to eight. Meeting her husband at a USO dance in San Diego, Oscar Leelman, Dorothy and Oscar lived all over the United States where she continued to dance her way through life. With a sense of duty, she never stopped volunteering for worthy causes. Those that were lucky enough to know Dorothy, will forever remember her for iron spine, bright smile in the face of hardship, and of course, her peanut butter cookies. She was member of many organizations such as the independent order of the Oddfellows, The Rebekahs, The Good Sam Club, and many others. Frequently seen traveling with her husband and family in their RV, Dorothy has the rare distinction of visiting all 50 sates and was never without an open invitation for those she cared for. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness that was the example of a life well lived to those that loved her most, including her little dogs that unfortunately liked to bite ankles.

Published July 21, 2022

Roller-Christeson Funeral Home
519 N. Spring Street, P.O. Box 100, Harrison, AR
Phone: 870-741-3113