OBITUARY: Gladys ‘Dottie’ (Fleming) Rawlings

BURRTON—Gladys “Dottie” (Fleming) Rawlings, 76, of Burrton left this Earth to be with the Lord on May 27, 2023, at her home surrounded by loved ones.

Born on Oct. 20, 1946, in Kessle, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Marshall and Janet (Hardy) Fleming of New Creek, West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 21 years, Robert Rawlings, on Aug. 7, 2006; a sister, Alice Jean Fleming; and an infant son.

Mrs. Rawlings was retired with 20-plus years of service as a CNA at Moran Manor Nursing Home, Westernport, Maryland.

Surviving are four daughters, Deborah Salsman of Lake Dallas, Texas, Judith Smith and husband Curtis of Freeport, Texas, Tammy Taylor of Burrton, Kan., Patricia Wheeler and husband Ken of Burrton, Kan.; devoted sister, Nancy Linton of Martinsburg W.V.; very special aunt, Dorothy Weese of Moorefield, W.V.; and best friend, Debbie Ratliff of Burlington, W.V.

Also surviving are her six grandchildren who she loved and adored, Billy, Little Ricky, Brian, Preston, Ashley, and Destynie; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and Aunt Dot to Chad, Brucie (her favorite), Crissy, and Barbie.

Mrs. Rawlings was an avid bull-riding fan and could tell you anything you wanted to know about the bulls and their riders. Her presence will be missed by all who knew and love her; she was often described as very kind and very sweet lady—she lived by the motto, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then do not say it at all.”

As she told one of her great-granddaughters before her passing, “I will see you in heaven,” and indeed we will. “Mothers never really die; they just keep the house up in the sky, they polish the sun by day and light the stars that shine at night, keep the moonbeams silvery bright, and in the heavenly home above, they wait to welcome those they love.”

Private family services will be held.

Arrangements are by Affordable Cremations Plus, Wichita, Kansas.

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