Twylah N. Dotson

October 13, 1926December 6, 2012
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Twylah Dotson October 13, 1926 to December 6, 2012

If you knew Twylah Dotson, you have probably had a good belly laugh, been accused of cheating at cards or dominoes, and eaten lots and lots of cookies!

On October 13, 1926, the world became a better place because Twylah was born. Her generosity, tenacity, integrity, and her sense of humor have touched so many lives in her 86 years. Contrary to her sassy and sparkling personality, she passed away quietly at home surrounded by loved ones on December 6th, 2012 in Grand Junction, CO.

Parents, Otto and Nellie (Hall) Coder must have been very proud of the woman, wife, and mother she was. Twylah made it her life’s work to bring joy to those around her through her hilarious (yet sometimes off-color) jokes, baking cookies and celebrating the people she loved--and that was a lot of people!

She married her husband, Donald Dotson, June 8th, 1944 in Glendale, CA and they returned to Colorado where they made their home while raising five wonderful daughters. Twylah had a close relationship with each one of her girls and to this day, despite the miles between them, they are close with one another because Twylah set the precedent of a strong family unit.

In 1970, she was one of the first women to become a Metropolitan Life Insurance Agent, traditionally a man’s role. Not only did she claw her way into the boy’s club, she came out on top as one of the leading sellers! She left a legacy of success for all women entering the workforce at that time in recent history.

Twylah was the youngest of 6 siblings, and her death was preceded by brothers Wes, Fred, and Harry, and sisters Ginny and Emma Jean. She was always very proud of and enjoyed her 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Her beloved angel collection represents the angel she was on Earth and the angel she will always be in Heaven.

Her eldest daughter, Barbara Reese of St. Louis, MO, followed by sisters Marlene Ashton of Markleville, IN, Carol White of Denver, CO, and Debbie Wertz and Amy Gomez of Grand Junction, CO invite you to celebrate Twylah’s magnificent life at the Redlands Community Church (2327 Broadway) on Friday, December14, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Joe Gross officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Martin Mortuary.

In honor of Twylah’s love of all things pink, please feel free to wear pink in celebration of her joy of life.


  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, December 14, 2012

Twylah N. Dotson

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Melissa Condit

December 14, 2012

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Kellie McKeehan

December 14, 2012

She could drink a latte faster than anybody I ever met! I am so honored that I had the fortune of meeting her and I hope that the good memories will sustain you all through this hard time.

Karen Kasten

December 13, 2012

~~ I think for some things there are no words, only shoulders to lean on, hands to hold and hugs to comfort. I offer to you all, all of these. I was so Blessed by your Mom and all her ways. My prayers and love are with you all ! ~~ Karen Kasten

Kim Babbel

December 12, 2012

Debbie and family - I know how hard it is to lose your mother, especially at Christmas time. Please know that she is in a better place. My love to you all.

Walt & Janice Henderson

December 12, 2012

Your mother was always so friendly to us at church and always had a smile on her face. I am sure your family has many wonderful memories of her life which will comfort you. The greatest comfort is that we know she is with our savior Jesus and is now healed and no longer hurting. Love in Christ

Alexis Lovato

December 12, 2012

Amy(& family),
My deepest sympathy goes out to you for the loss of your mother. Sounds like she was an amazing woman. May you find peace & comfort in the wonderful memories you have of her.
Alexis (Carretti)

Charles & Shirley Beard

December 12, 2012

Debbie, Amy, Don & Family, We have many fond memories of your Mom. Living next door, we got to experiene many times over all her good cookies and candies at Christmas and other special holiday times. I'm sorry we didn't get back to Grand Junction more often to visit. She was a great lady and loved all her family to the fullest. May all the happy memories of good times in the past help heal the void of her passing.

December 11, 2012

Debbie, Amy, Bethany and all the family,
You have captured in writing the personality of a feisty and fun mom and grandma. I know I enjoyed some of Twylah's cookies back in my Fruitvale days. I am sorry I did not know her personally. I hope your joyful memories sustain you.
Leigh Felletter

Sheila Beard Latta

December 11, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. Your families will be in my thoughts and prayers. I always loved popping in next door to visit with your Mom. Those are some of my fondest memories. May God wrap you in his loving arms and comfort you during this time.

Craig Patton

December 11, 2012

Barb, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! I pray your love for one another and your mom's memory bring you each comfort and peace.