Dora Lee Burgess, 90, of Amarillo, TX died February 6, 2020.
Services will at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Dorie was born March 22, 1929, in Amarillo, to her parents, Lew and Priscilla Haile, a pioneer ranching family that lived 16 miles East of Dumas, TX. Dorie was the youngest of five daughters, all who have preceded her in death. She had wonderful memories of growing up on the ranch, a place she was very blessed to live with her husband, Malcolm Keyser, and raise their two daughters. They lived there on the ranch until Malcolm’s tragic death in 1969.
To say Dorie adored her parents was an understatement, she truly believed she had the best parents EVER! Her mother was an accomplished cook, passing down her love for cooking. Her father was an extraordinary man who Led and served the people of Moore County with honor.
She graduated from Dumas High School and attended Texas Tech, then floral school in Denver in the mid-seventies. She had an incredible talent for decorating and designing floral arrangements. Her passion for design including flipping houses began before the trend became popular. She said she truly enjoyed buying an old house, tearing out some walls, and turning it into a beautiful home. She was unique, creative, and had a true gift for turning ordinary things into beautiful masterpieces.
She had a soft spot and love of animals, especially dogs, birds, and most particularly swans. Oh, how she loved watching the swans at Medi Park.
Dorie worked at Park Place Towers and then as the receptionist at Ware Nursing Home for more than 27 years. She would always get up to greet each visitor and resident at the door, making all feel special. It was not surprising that many became wonderful friends. No one will greet and console families like she did at the front desk. Dorie loved people. All people. A quick trip to the grocery store would evolve into a two-hour social event as she hugged every person she encountered. She just couldn’t help herself. Loving people is what she did.
She also was generous with her time and talents sharing both with everyone. After Dorie’s retirement she volunteered at BSA Hospital until her health wouldn’t allow her to continue.
If she was able Dorie was on the go, either in Bible study, having lunch at The Grill, or shopping at Hobby Lobby or Dillard’s. She put a million miles on that walker! She was everywhere and looked fabulous doing it. For as long as can be remembered she was impeccably coifed and dressed, with lipstick expertly applied. She was classy, sassy, and in charge and always had her lipstick on and often checked that her women friends and family had also applied theirs.
Dorie will be missed by everyone who was blessed to know her.
Dorie leaves behind a loving family including
Polly (Dee) Sandorskey of Sioux City, IA,
and her daughter, Shauna Ohman
and her children, Mia and Jack
and her son, Ryan Sandorskey
Jackie Cleavinger, of Amarillo, TX
and her daughter, Kelly Caviness and husband Regan,
and their children, Harper and Asher,
and her son Kent Cleavinger and wife Aubrie,
and their daughter Kennedy
Nieces and Nephews
and their families
The family suggests any memorials be made to Snack Pak 4 Kids, 701 Park Place Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101.