Mary Dorothy Daughtry-Payne
Mary Daughtry-Payne, better known as Dottie, passed away peacefully at her home, on the evening of Oct. 7, 2011. She will be remembered for her warm heart and kind smile by all who knew her. Dottie was born April 11, 1930 in Mobile, Ala. to Nicholas and Regina Desmond. She was one of eight children and shared special bonds with all her siblings.
She married James L. Daughtry, Sr. on Oct. 1, 1946. During their 20-year marriage, they had four children before moving to Los Angeles, where they had four more. In 1973, Dottie and her children moved to Keeler where she lived for 25 years. Dottie made many lifelong friends while working at the Best Western in Lone Pine.
In 1998 she retired to the Kern River Valley to help her youngest daughter, Tracy, operate her two local businesses. Her sparkling personality welcomed all who frequented Watson Storage and Mt. Mesa Lanes. Everyone she met became like family to her. You could always find her with a smile on her face and a cup of coffee in her hand. She was the monarch and backbone of her large family and will be greatly missed by every one of them.
She is survived by her brother, Charlie Desmond; sisters, Nell Howard and Margaret Covert; sons, David and his wife Tammy and Michael and his wife Tammy; and daughters, Jennifer and her husband Pepe, Juanita and her husband Larry, Janet and her husband Dean, Arlene and her husband Rick and Tracy Watson and her partner Daniel Wallstrom; and 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life was held Tuesday, Oct. 11.