Dorothy L. Witham

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Dorothy L. Witham, 79, of Kansas City, Kansas softly slipped her mortal bonds in the evening of May 2nd, 2022. Dorothy was the youngest of four and the last surviving child of DL and Juna Arnold. She was born in Hope, Arkansas December 1942 to a share-cropping family which eventually moved to the Kansas City area in 1958. Her first summer job was at the age of 16 as an elevator operator for the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dorothy graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1960, married and had the first of five children by age 20. She always enjoyed working with numbers naturally gravitating towards work in various office clerk and accounting settings. While single handedly raising those five kids and attending night classes, she was able to earn her certificate of bookkeeping from Rockhurst College. Her work knowledge and experience grew doing accounts payable for a bulk materials supplier and then becoming a one person office for a start up trucking company. Eventually she was hired on with Sprint Corp, becoming a key member of the asset management department. Retiring at 67 she enjoyed travelling, reading, and crochet. She was enamored with “antiquing” and avidly collected glass, in both tableware and art forms.

With her passing she is now reunited with her parents, her brother David (Bud) Arnold, sisters Mary and Margaret Bryant, son Edward Moore and husband James Witham. It must also be noted that she is also once again enjoying the company of her two dogs, Patches (Dalmatian) and Heidi (Schnoodle) . Both of which were generally acknowledged as her “favorite” children.
Dorothy leaves behind four surviving children Donna Preston of Osawatomie, Kansas, Christopher Moore, of Kansas City, Missouri, Michael Moore of Edwardsville, Kansas, and Rebecca Kuder of LaCygne, Kansas. Eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life is being held at one of her favorite places, the natural beauty of Wyandotte County Lake, on Sunday, May 15th, 2022 from 2pm – 5pm at shelter #1. All are welcome to attend.

Being a mother is easy, but being a mom requires incredible strength, patience and unwavering love. Mom, you had all of that and much, much more. We will always love you.