Obit: Dorothy McLaren

Obit: Dorothy McLaren

March 8th, 2019 in Obituaries
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Dorothy McLaren went to her heavenly rest, peacefully on 2/28/19 at age 87. She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Esther Roadhouse and sister Patricia Stanley. Dorothy is survived by; her two sons Tom (wife Diane) and Mark McLaren, both of Chattanooga, grandchildren Katie Salley, Dr. Thomas McLaren, and Maegan Martinez, and two great great grandchildren Liam and Leo Salley. She is also survived by her two nieces; Ruth Garza and Dottie Thompson and nephew James Stanley. Dorothy was raised on a farm in Kansas, studying to be a nurse, she met her husband in Denver, Colorado. Over the years, she lived in many places around the U.S., as well as Sydney Australia. She loved helping others, taking on such tasks of initiating an international women’s group while in Australia, working with immigrant women to help ease their adjustment. She also leaves a legacy of hosting many foreign exchange students while living in Texas. She was a talented artist and musician, passing that legacy to her sons. Growing up on the farm, Dorothy had a deep understanding of life and death, and she did not fear death. Dorothy very much loved her family and was very generous in helping support them over the years. She was always interested in the activities of her children, grandchildren and great grandsons which gave her great joy. Dorothy travelled the world, enjoying many different cultures. She was a lifelong Christian, and member of St. Paul’s Episcopal church in Chattanooga. She will be dearly missed. The Memorial service will be held Saturday, March 9th at the Chapel at Hamilton Memorial Gardens in Hixson, on Highway 153. Greetings to the family will be at 9:30am with the service starting at 10am.


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