Dora Dearphine Drinkard was born on April 26th 1953 in Bladon Springs Alabama to the union of the late Ceola and Clara Drinkard.
In July of 1969 Dora moved to Seattle Washington with her mother and three of her sisters. She attended Garfield High School. Her charm, wit, style and class made it easy for her to make lots of friends. She was a one of kind.
At first encounter with Dora, you learned quickly not underestimate her because of her size. Yes, she was petite, but she had an effervescence about her that you could not miss. Whether it be the way that she would so genuinely smile and spark up a conversation with just about anyone she met or say something so outrageously funny at a family get together! She was the one at the family gathering that you could catch giving folks the coldest side eye. She was oh-so funny, and she always kept it oh- so real!
Her spunky personality! That big bright smile! And please don’t forget to mention that out loud, soulfully beautiful belly laugh that was like music to our ears… These are just a few things that made her presence seem larger than life. These are just a few things that whenever you were in her company, you knew you were free to just be! These are just a few things that for all of those who knew and loved Dora will certainly miss but feel so lucky and blessed to be able to cherish as a forever memory in our hearts.
Gone but NEVER EVER to be forgotten, Our beloved sister, auntie and friend…
Ms. Dora Dearphine~
In the likeness of her hard-working mother, Dora also had a natural knack for care giving. Dora chose to dedicate her passion and skills working as a Home Health Aid. Her dedication, commitment and loving care in all that she did was a blessing to several households across the Seattle region.
A willing heart and helpful hands came easy for Dora. If you asked any of her nieces, they would have the same testimony that “Auntie” was the one and only babysitter! There was never a time that she’d say she couldn’t keep the kids. Her doors were always open to every great niece, and great nephew! She would even dog sit for Tracy! Lol!! She loved It! In her famous words, “IM THE AUNTIE! OKAY!!!!.” And she certainly was. From teaching her nieces how to drive, walking her nephews to the bus stop, or just making sure their faces were greased before church. She was a second mom to them all. Her family feels so blessed to have had the chance to spend time, live, love and laugh with this amazingly beautiful person, both inside and out. She will be missed.
On November 9th 2019, Dora Dearphine, was called by the Lord to come Home to Glory, for precious peace and eternal rest. To God Be The Glory
Dora was preceded in death by her father Ceola Drinkard, her mother Clara Drinkard, her sister Mary Janice Drinkard and her son Dorian Callier.
Dora leaves to cherish her precious memories three sisters, Dorothy Drinkard and Clara Grace Ezell, both of Seattle, WA and Patricia Hunt of Mobile AL. Also cherishing her memories are a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, several cousins and many friends.
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