Dorothy Lucille Overstreet Chapman

Posted 26 November 2010 by
Dorothy Chapman

Dorothy Chapman (November 12, 1929, to November 23, 2010). Picture taken in August 2010 by Robert Chapman Sr.

Dorothy Lucille Overstreet Chapman was born November 12, 1929, in St. Louis, Missouri. The daughter of Hayes and Bessie Overstreet, she was raised in St. Louis and Pine Lawn, a suburb of St Louis. Dorothy graduated from Normandy High School in 1948 and completed one year at Harris Teachers College (now Harris-Stowe State University) in St. Louis.

Her marriage to Robert Chapman was on August 25, 1951, at Pine Lawn Baptist Church. For most of their marriage, they lived in Hazelwood, Missouri, another suburb of St. Louis that is near the airport. They celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in 2010.

They had two sons, Robert, Jr., and David. Both were in the top 15 percent of their high school classes. Robert, Jr., graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology). David graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from the Lindenwood Colleges of St. Charles, Missouri, and a Masters of Music from Pittsburg State University in Kansas.

Dorothy and Robert have a foster son, Chot Pham. He befriended Robert, Jr., at the University of Missouri-Rolla in August 1972. Sent to the United States as an officer in the South Vietnam Army, Chot was able to finish his Bachelor of Science degree after his government fell. He asked if Dorothy and Robert would be his foster parents in the United States.

She enjoyed travel with her family, and later in retirement with her husband. Travel included most of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, two tours of Europe, and much of Canada. Most enjoyed were several trips on the American Queen riverboat. On one of those riverboat trips, they renewed their wedding vows on their 50th anniversary.

In the spring of 2010, Robert and Dorothy decided to move to Everett, Washington, to be near Robert and David. Preparations were made for both to move into assistant living, with Dorothy first receiving rehabilitation care at allow that to happen. The move to Everett for Dorothy was in September 2010. Unfortunately, things did not work as planned. Being with her boys was her last wish.

On Tuesday, November 23, 2010, Dorothy Chapman died after spending about a week in hospice care at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. She is survived by her husband, sons, and her grandson, David Pham. Muriel Mae Solari, her sister, survives Dorothy. She is the beloved aunt and great aunt of many nieces and nephews. She leaves many devoted friends and family members.

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