Dorothy Ellen (Turner) Kissman
June 30, 1931 – May 19, 2020
Dorothy Ellen Turner Kissman, known to her friends as “Dottie” or “Dottie BooBoo”, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the age of 88.
Dottie was born in Quanah, Texas on June 30, 1931 to Pauline and John Turner. Her family moved to Austin in 1936. She graduated from Austin High School in 1949 and then married William “Bill” Herman Kissman, Sr. on June 30, 1949 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. W. H. (Sonny) Kissman, Jr. and Phyllis Ellen Kissman Fletcher were born to them over the next several years. They enjoyed 69 years of marriage until Bill’s passing in 2018.
Dottie worked for Texas Department of Public Safety for several years after marrying Bill. She left DPS to focus on raising her children. In addition to her family, Dottie had several other loves in life. She loved to read and write poetry. Dottie won awards for her poetry and had many poems published in books. She was proud of her Southern heritage which strongly influenced her writings. Dottie was proud to be a political activist. She had over 100 of her letters to the Austin American-Statesman published over the 25 years she wrote to them. Dottie loved to play Bingo and the slot machines! Most of all she enjoyed the company of friends and family over coffee, lunch, or dinner. Dottie was known for her quick wit, sense of humor, and kindness to all. She lived a full and happy life with a smile.
Dottie was preceded in death by parents Pauline and John Turner, brothers John Jr., Wm. Gene, and Clifton Ray, sisters Betty Jean Turner, Mayzell Banta, Mertise Sewell, Frances Wallace, and son-in-law Randy Arlyn Fletcher.
She is survived by her son W. H. (Sonny) Kissman, Jr. and daughter Phyllis Ellen Kissman Fletcher as well as sisters Sherry Parker (husband R.L.), Paula Turner and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A private family service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 23rd at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. The service will be live streamed on Facebook at Weed Corley Fish Funeral Homes.
Following is a poem for your enjoyment:
Poet Laureate of the Past
by Dorothy Kissman
We have all read poems by the famous and great
Let us refresh our memories, examine and reiterate
Riley's “When The Frost is on the Pumpkin” did say
Get chores done early because Winter is on the way
Poet Dickenson wrote a short poem, “Ding Dong Bell”
Though they were short, she told her stories rather well
Lord Tennyson’s verse of “Lullaby” put baby to sleep
Told how baby waited for her father sailing the deep
Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee” then counted ways
Very interesting love story of how she spent her days
Robinson’s “The House on the Hill” does merely state
They have gone away there is nothing more to relate
Truly, Burns did write a love poem, “A Red Red Rose”
I really do admire his flair for elegance in this prose
Even after examining Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale”
I decided all those poets’ good work did surely pale.
Since Edgar Allen Poe remains my favorite and ideal
Many times I read “The Raven” vowed this one to steal
“The Raven” made me ponder as to who was Lenore
And what my pondering about this name did implore
When explained and shown in this his famous quote
Poe’s disgust for this bird revealed in words he wrote
“What’s this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and
ominous bird of yore meant in croaking ‘Nevermore’”
This poem was published by Noble House Publishers,
and earned a Poe medallion and a lapel pin for the author.
Dorothy Ellen (Turner) Kissman
June 4, 2020
Miss Dottie was such a loving, kind soul and she will be deeply missed. She brightened up the room when she walked in and always made my day better having seen her. I will always remember her pink outfits and her wit. I cherish the cookbook of her recipes she gave me and look forward to reading her letters.
Rest In Peace dear Dottie. You are a rare soul.
May 25, 2020
I met Dottie Boo Boo in 1962 in NJ at my parents camp ground and cabins where Bill was working for AT &T my parents and them became friends and I of course being a teenager become friends with Phyllis and Sonny and 58 yrs later we are still friends. BooBoo was my go to after my mom died and we spent many hrs on the phone talking about the past. Three weeks ago we talked on the phone for the last time, not knowing it would be our last, but my daughter and grand daughter shared in our conversation and we were starting to plan another trip to TX. You will be truly missed and in my heart ♥️ forever may you RIP and dance again with Bill in Heaven love you
May 22, 2020
To my dear sweet friend BooBoo,
I already miss you terribly thinking of your constant bright smile and how your presence would light up a room. Your laughter echos in my mind. Always, always so much fun to spend time with you. I cherished our many years of get togethers especially at our favorite restaurant (El Mercado) celebrating birthdays and Christmas with you and Phyllis. It was a party every time we got together. You were a treasure in my life. Sending much love and prayers to Phyllis and Sonny who were the most wonderful, loving children taking such excellent care of you especially in your declining years. What a blessing you shared with these two. God bless you my sweet angel- Carolyn
May 22, 2020
My condolences to family and friends.