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A “Celebration of Life” service for Dorothy Lee Dignum Boutwell, 79 years of age, a Crystal area resident, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020, at the Church of the Rock, in Lane.
Boutwell passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
She was born on May 19, 1941, to Albert George Dignum, of Fort Worth, Texas and Dimple Dottie Weatherford Dignum, of Elkhart, Texas.
Boutwell, along with her horse-riding best friend Carolyn Stephenson Mayse, attended Polytechnic High School, in Fort Worth, Texas.
She married David Eugene Boutwell, from Lakeworth, Texas, on August 22, 1958.
Together they had three daughters: Deborah Lee, Donna Gene and Darla Gay. Sadly, Darla was laid to rest at only 4 days old. Dorothy raised their girls and made a home for the family, while David was called to active duty in the Texas National Guard and later the Army, where he served two tours in Vietnam, and then as a Pilot and Chief Warrant Officer.
Being a military family, they moved around often, mostly in southern states such as Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. Dorothy always made certain that wherever they chose to live, there was enough room to accommodate her love of horses. Apart from loving God and her family, horses were her life’s passion.
After David retired in 1998, he and Dorothy moved to the Crystal Community, in southeast Oklahoma, to be closer to Dorothy’s best friend, Carolyn. David joined the ministry and began preaching regularly in Crystal, later becoming the Pastor of Darwin Baptist Church. Despite Dorothy’s life-long fear of public speaking, she would courageously sing songs of praise in front of congregations. Her reasoning was that she was more scared for those who did not know Jesus, than her fear of facing a crowd. Dorothy loved singing and would often sing her own songs to her family. Frequently, Dorothy would wake up in the morning with a tune in her head; all of which gave glory and praise to her God and her savior, Jesus Christ.
Survivors include her sister, Joyce Stinson and husband, Donald, of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter, Donna Jagers of Lane and son-in-law, Peter Herman, of the Crystal Community; granddaughters, Crystal Kemmerer of Edmond; Amanda Horner and husband, Christopher, of Bethany; and Hope McDowell and fiancé, Nick, of Edmond; grandson, Isaiah McDowell and wife, Chantel, of Lane; great-grandsons, Isaac Kemmerer of Edmond; Davin McDowell of Boswell; Colin Lambert of Edmond; Rylan McDowell, Greyson McDowell and Hardyn McDowell, all of Lane; great-granddaughters, Myah McDowell of Boswell; Penelope Horner of Bethany; Audrey Lambert of Edmond; nephews Eddie Stinson of Fort Worth, Texas and Charles Stinson and wife, Jennifer, of Midlothian, Texas; cousin, Ronny Brown and wife, Sandy, of Harrah; and many more family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Albert George Dignum and Dimple Dottie Weatherford Dignum; husband, David Boutwell; daughters, Deborah Herman and Darla Gay; grandsons, Michael McDowell and Christopher Herman; grandson-in-law, Kasey Kemmerer; and great-granddaughter, Izabella Herman.