Dorothy Lee Bradshaw, age 89, passed away on June 5, 2021, in Edmond, Oklahoma. She was born on October 29, 1931 to John Sloan Bradshaw and Mary Talley Bradshaw in Brownwood, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Caroline Huggins and Mary Loyce McWilliams, and son Stephen Crow and his wife Sharon Toscano Crow. She is survived by three children, Deborah Crow Petree and husband Wayne Petree, Rebekah Crow, and Greg Crow and six grandchildren: Jared Crow, Chandler Crow, Kelsey Crow, and Kirby Crow; Nicholas Crow and partner Theresa and their children Eliana, Ezra, and Oliver; and Addison Broberg Witzel and husband Trey Witzel and their daughter, Sloane Witzel.
Dorothy was called to the profession of nursing after volunteering as a summer missionary while attending Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas. She later graduated from the Southern Baptist Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana. For over forty years, she embodied the core values of the profession: caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, and patient-centeredness. Always an enthusiastic learner, she was well-prepared to bring these values to leadership roles in community hospitals in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, improving quality of care and extending the services offered. She retired from nursing as a critical care nurse in an Oklahoma City Hospital.
Dorothy loved her four children unconditionally, choosing often to meet their needs and the needs of their children before her own. She enjoyed many creative pursuits: Puzzles of all sorts, genealogy and archiving mementos, reading, writing, arts and crafts, and gardening. She loved her rocking recliner, singing and moving to music, feeding the birds, and a wide variety of desserts – especially vanilla bean ice cream and peanut butter cups.
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