Dorothy Lee Delany Dean was born in Cairo, Ill., just across the river from her grandparents' cotton farm and home in Stoddard County. She grew up in Gadsden, Ala., with her parents, Erie McColgan Delany, and A.G. Delany, and spent summers at her grandparents' place in Dexter. She developed a love for horses very early on, and her grandfather (J.W. McColgan) always made sure that she had ponies and horses of her own. She was a splendid horsewoman and loved to ride; she was also a talented artist, and her paintings of horses are quite wonderful. She very much enjoyed thoroughbred horse racing and was extremely knowledgeable about bloodlines.
Dorothy was an excellent (and cutthroat) bridge player and was known for her charm, her sense of style, her wit, and her devil-may-care attitude. She loved to read, especially books that had anything to do with dogs or horses. She especially loved books that were illustrated by Lionel Edwards.
Dorothy was married to John C. Dean for 46 years. He preceded her in death in 1996. During most of their married life, John was an active-duty officer and pilot in the United States Air Force. They were stationed at bases in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Arkansas. After his retirement, they moved to Dexter. Dorothy and John had one daughter, G. Delany Dean (of Kansas City). Dorothy spent the last eight years of her life in the Kansas City area. When she could no longer live on her own, she moved into Comfort Care Homes, where she received excellent care. While at Comfort Care, she took up painting again; one of her last paintings ("Sunday Silence") was selected for a place in the "Memories In the Making" art show and benefit auction, in June 2010.
There will be a cremation and a private memorial dinner.
(Arrangements: Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, 8837 Roe, Prairie Village, Kan. 66207; 913-383-9888).