Dorothy G. Landry of Colorado Springs has passed away after a brief illness. She was 88.
The third of seven Depression-era children of Etta Ruth Thomas and Elga Joseph Guillory of Natalbany LA, Dorothy Beatrice Guillory married the love of her life, Preston Landry of Hammond, LA in 1953. The young couple had met in a country church called Happywoods Church of God in rural Louisiana. Their marriage resulted in four children: Preston (Tim), Patrick, Paul (Terry), and Amy.
Always ready with a smile or a laugh, Dorothy was nonetheless a fierce defender of her family and Christian principles. In school she was active in Glee club and continued using her compelling alto voice in adulthood, not only in church choirs but in community performances such as Handel’s Messiah. After graduating from Ponchatoula High School in Louisiana Dorothy began to pursue fine arts training. Upon her marriage to Preston she chose to become a full-time mother to her energetic brood of children, who went on to their own successful careers in entertainment, engineering, music, and the legal system. Dorothy and Preston’s patient and unselfish nurturing enabled them each to flourish in their chosen field.
In response, the four children always felt it their duty to ensure their mother’s laughter, the best response they could muster to the enduring sacrifices Dorothy and Preston made to bring them to maturity.
The Landry family left their first home in Ft. Walton Beach FL in 1966 and set up a household in Colorado Springs where all four children completed high school and went on to college. Dorothy found time, despite her involvement with children, Church, and community to take up activities such as gardening (where she finished a master class), oil painting (which gave her immense pleasure) and even tap dancing with daughter Amy. Her artistic nature was the catalyst for the creative spark taken up by several of her offspring. Dorothy even found herself appearing in some of the early student films of her children that went on to win national awards.
Like many of her siblings, Dorothy was a life-long devotee of animals, seeking to ensure their welfare even to the detriment of her own interests. A vegetarian long before it was fashionable, Dorothy raised several small dogs and ensured that the birds and squirrels near her home were never hungry even in the coldest winter. Though she knew in her heart that her Creator takes care of the “birds of the air and lilies of the field” she always felt He did so using her own hands.
To the very end Dorothy always had a song on her lips and a smile in her heart.
She is survived by her husband Preston, a sister, Caroll Pearson, a brother Willard Guillory, four children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday January 20, 10:00 AM at Grace Bible Church co-located with Eastside Church of Christ at 5905 Flintridge Dr. Visitation prior to the service from 9:00-10:00 AM. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery with reception immediately after at The Inn at Garden Plaza, 2520 International Circle.