Obituary Notices and Memorials


A longtime Lancaster resident passed away January 31, 2012. She was 84. Born Dorothy Mamie Stillman, on December 19, 1927, in Leicester, New York, "Dotty" was the youngest of five children born to Isabell and Arthur Stillman. She attended school in Castile, New York. While still in childhood, Dorothy developed a love for music and singing. She had a beautiful soprano singing voice that could have carried her on to a singing career, had she chosen that path. Life, however had a different plan in mind. In the Fall of 1945, she began seeing a young man by the name of Frank Owen Brown. Handsome, with dark BROWN, Dorothy M. brown eyes and black hair, he was the perfect contrast to her fair, blue-eyed beauty. They fell completely in love, and were married on December 24, 1946. Frank secured a job with NASA at Edwards Air Force Base, and in 1955, they came to Lancaster with their first daughter, Linda. Their second daughter, Laurie, was born in Lancaster. They opened Sir Georges Smorgasbord in 1969. In 1973, they purchased Lancaster Arts and Crafts. Dorothy was co-manager there until it's closing in 1990. She was preceded in death by her beloved Frank Owen in 1984. In 1989, she was given a second opportunity at love when she met Dale C. Wallis, a local businessman and widower. He became her devoted companion and she his, a relationship that continued to the day of her passing. In addition to Dale Wallis, she is survived by her daughters Linda Kamm (Mark) and Laurie Coffman (Larry), her precious grandson Brian Coffman (Patrice), and her special poodle Lilly. A Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February, 7, 2012, at Halley-Olsen-Murphy, Lancaster Chapel. Friends are invited to come and enjoy memories and the music that was so much a part of Dorothy's life. Interment will be private, for close friends and family.

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