Obituary – Hands, Dorotha O’Lena (Workman)

Class of 1936

1936 Graduation Edition
Perry Daily Journal
Dorotha Workman

– daughter of T. T. Workman was born October 22, 1918, in Depew, Oklahoma. She attended Depew Grade School, Chandler High School, Bristow Grade School, and Perry High School.

While a student in Perry High School she was a member of the Red Hot Club, Girl Reserve, and Glee Club. The plays in which she appeared were “Hobgoblin House, “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise,” and “Huckleberry Finn.” She was a member of the National Honor Society. She won first in the State Home Economics Contest.

Miss Workman wants to be a saleswoman in a large women’s clothing store. She expects to go to college next year.

Dorotha O’Lena (Workman) Hands

October 22, 1918 – February 8, 2004

Dorotha Render Hands, 85, formally of Perry, died on February 8, 2004 in Encinitas, California. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Grace Hill Cemetary.

Dorotha was born on October 22, 1918 to Thomas Theodore “Ted” Workman and Mabel East Workman, in Depew, Oklahoma. Her two younger sisters, Margarette and Daisy Lee were born there too. The family moved to Perry in 1932, where the girls attended and graduated from Perry High School. Dorotha became engaged to Bailey Render on Christmas Day 1935, and they were married September 19, 1936. Several years later, Bailey and Dorotha moved to Santa Monica, California, as Bailey took a job with McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. Their four children, Tom, Ron, Gary and Suzanne were born in California. Besides raising their children, Dorotha was very involved in the Presbyterian Church of La Mirada. She was the first woman at this Church to become an Elder.

In 1973, Bailey, Dorotha and Suzanne moved back to Perry. After a long illness, her beloved husband, Bailey passed away in 1974. Dorotha became involved with the Arts Community and worked at The House of Flowers, exercising her creative abilities and salesmanship. After Suzanne graduated from high school and then married. Dorotha left Perry to travel and lived a while in Baltimore, Virgina Beach, Portland, and then Dana Point, California. While in California she reunited with an old friend from McDonnell Douglas. Dorotha and Douglas Hands were married in 1985 and lived in Vista, California. Doug and Dorotha enjoyed traveling together. They journeyed across Canada by train, and spent time on cruises and exploring Hawaii. She attended Grace Presbyterian Church and volunteered her time freely.

She was predeceased by her parents, both husbands, and two sisters.

She is survived by four children; Thomas Render and wife Diane, of Orange, CA, Ronald Render of Keaau, HI, Gary Render and wife Connie, of Gresham, OR and Suzanne Render of Vista, CA; seven grandchildren, Tracy Severson, Aaron Render, Mark Render, Jaysen Render, Gary Render, Jr., Lisa Errico, and Derek Henderson; ten great grandchildren; a niece, Janice Cooper of Tecumseh, OK and a nephew, Ted Stallman of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dorotha will be greatly missed by all of us she has touched, with her genuine kindness and caring heart. Memorial contributions may be sent to the San Diego Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 4950 Murphy Canyon Rd, Ste. 250, San Diego, CA 92123.