Dorothy Coffman Messenger was born March 4, 1915, in Dallas, Texas, and died November 5, 2017, in Edmond, Okla. The daughter of John Richard Coffman and Rhe Harper Coffman, she grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and was graduated from Stripling High School there in 1931.
She attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where she met G. L. "Andy" Messenger. They were united in marriage on August 27, 1936, and were both graduated from TCU in 1937. She earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Business. Following college, they moved to Chicago, where G. L. attended the University of Chicago Graduate School, and Dorothy was employed at the former International Council of Religious Education.
Their first full-time pastorate was at Canyon, Texas, where they began serving in the fall of 1939 and where their daughter, Myrna, was born. There followed two more Texas pastoratesat Center and at Dentonand the birth of their two sons, Mac and Scrib, in Denton. There was a 5-year pastorate at the Glen Oak Christian Church in Peoria, Ill., and then in 1952 they moved to Stillwater, Okla., where they served for 12 years at the First Christian Church. There followed nearly 13 years at Disciples Christian Church in Bartlesville, and 8 years at First Christian Church in Woodward. Having retired from full-time ministry after Woodward in 1984, they ended their formal ministries with four interim pastorates.
Dorothy was employed for 28 years in the field of accounting in Oklahoma. She worked in the Office of Engineering Research on the OSU Campus at Stillwater for 11 years; in Dewey, she worked as accounting manager for Five Star Engineering and Foundry for 10 years; and her last employment before retirement was with the H. C. Price Company in Bartlesville.
Dorothy was active in all phases of church life. She was moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma 1982-84; a past president of the Oklahoma Christian Women's Fellowship; an Elder at Disciples Christian Church in Bartlesville; and an Elder Emeritus at the First Christian Church in Woodward and at Southern Hills Christian Church in Edmond. Through the years, she taught church school classes of all ages, was a retreat leader and teacher in numerous workshops, and was a Laity Sunday speaker for various churches across Oklahoma. She was also a volunteer for many interdenominational projects.
Throughout her years of dedication to church, work, and family, she and her husband had the privilege of traveling widely in the States and overseas. Those travels broadened and enriched their perspectives.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Andy, to whom she had been married for almost 67 years. She is survived by her daughter, Myrna Ranney, of Edmond; her two sons, McDiarmid "Mac" Messenger (wife Gail), of Geneva, Switzerland; and Scribner Messenger (wife Mary Jo), of Columbia, Md.; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Southern Hills Christian Church, 3207 S. Boulevard, Edmond.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, any gifts be made to any of the following: The G.L. "Andy" and Dorothy Coffman Messenger Fund, The Disciples Divinity House, 1156 East 57th St., Chicago, IL 60637-1536; Tree of Life Endowment Fund, Southern Hills Christian Church, 3207 South Boulevard, Edmond, OK 73013; or The G. L. and Dorothy Coffman Messenger Fund, Phillips Theological Seminary, 901 North Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK 74016.
Published on November 7, 2017