Dorothy Rae Northrup

March 1, 1945November 21, 2021

Dorothy “Dort” Rae Northrup, 76, passed away in Fort Collins, CO on November 21, 2021, after battling a short illness. She was born March 1, 1945, in Talmage, NE, to Rev. Siegfried and Josephine Haferman. She was the youngest of four children. The family moved in 1948 to Elkhorn, NE, then to Fort Collins, CO, in 1953, where she attended elementary and junior high school. They moved to Superior, NE, in 1958, where she started high school. After her father passed in 1962, she and her mother moved to Rich Hill, MO, where she graduated from high school. She attended college at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, earning her Masters in Art Education. She taught art for 28 years at Odessa High School, in Odessa, MO, and under her tutelage, many of her students went on to become prolific artists and art educators. After retiring in 1996, she moved to Fort Collins, CO, and lived there until she passed.

She was an accomplished artist, serving a stint as a courtroom sketch artist in Kansas City, and winning numerous awards while in Missouri, including being an Odessa-V11 Public Foundation Hall of Fame Inductee. After retirement, she continued teaching art to adults in her home studio.

She loved spending summers at her mountain home in Gould, CO, where she spent her time photographing nature and wildlife, specifically moose, which were her favorite, then turning them into beautiful works of art. She graciously hosted many friends and family members, who she took on her favorite hikes, picking wild strawberries, and looking for Columbine.

She was an active member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church for 27 years, and sang in the choir.

She is survived by her older brother Bob Haferman (Cleone); and seven nieces and nephews, Mark Saeger (Jamie), Deanne Boehmer (Mark), Valerie Connor (Scott), Jon Haferman (Debbie), Debra Haferman, Dan Haferman (Kelly), and Lynn Valentine.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her older sister, Betty Saeger and her husband, Dean; and her older brother, Leonard Haferman and his wife Janet.

The memorial service celebrating Dorothy’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 30 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1200 South Taft Hill Rd, Fort Collins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.


  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021


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Bert Kimble

November 26, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Dorothy at Odessa R-7 School District. Dorothy was a highly respected teacher but even better person. I always enjoyed the opportunity to visit with her. Dorothy will be truly missed by friends, students, and faculty who were fortunate enough to know her. Rest In Peace Dorothy. 🙏

Kevin Eggert

November 26, 2021

I have fond memories of Dorothy as my art teacher at Odessa High School. She was definitely on of my favorite teachers.
Back in July of 2016,I had the opportunity to visit her in Ft. Collins. Really enjoyed our visit.

Denise Guerri Parker

November 25, 2021

Dorothy, or Mrs Northrup as I will always think of her, was one of the most influential people in my life. She helped me with my scholarship at UCM and even was instrumental in getting my job as a secretary in the Art Department there for the man who mentored us both. She was always there for me and was so easy to talk to. She made my decision to become an Art teacher easy. I was so proud to have her ask me to help judge her Art fairs at OHS! She was truly a gift and I am a better person to have known her.

Carrie Moore

November 25, 2021

I so remember the magnificent student art shows that Ms. Northrup had at Odessa High School. Something that we looked forward to seeing every spring. She inspired many students. She was well loved by her students, school staff and our community.

John Willard

November 25, 2021

I was Dorothy’s first student teacher, back in 1970, at Odessa High School. I enjoyed forty-eight wonderful years as an Art teacher and any success I knew was so due to Dorothy and her mentor-ship. She surely made our world a more beautiful place and in so many ways.

Sharon Shippy

November 25, 2021

Dorothy was truly a “sister” to me. We were very close for 51 years. Wayne and I enjoyed many visits to Colorado. Her family always treated us like family. Dorothy stayed at our house on her annual visits to Missouri. She will be dearly missed.