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Dorothy "Dot" Whetzel Saum

November 15, 1927October 27, 2020

Dorothy Jean Whetzel Saum, 92, of Harrisonburg, Virginia passed away October 27, 2020 at South Roanoke Nursing Home.

Mrs. Saum was born November 15, 1927 in Broadway Virginia and was the daughter of the late Nancy W. Jordan. She grew up with her late foster parent’s R. Lee and Cora Broadwater in Grantsville, Maryland.

Mrs. Saum was a graduate of Grantsville High School in 1944. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from Rockingham Memorial Hospital School Cadet Nurse Corp. in 1948. After graduation, she was employed at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, UVA Hospital and Harrisonburg Health and Rehab Center until retirement in 2004.

She was a member of the Harrisonburg First Presbyterian Church, Sallie Blosser Ladies Bible Class, and the Presbyterian Women’s Circle. She was a member of the RMH Alumnae Association and Auxiliary Association. Mrs. Saum also volunteered at RMH and First Presbyterian Church prior to recent health problems.

She was married August 20, 1948 to Robert W. Saum, Sr., who preceded her in death, April 26, 1998. Also preceding her in death was a sister Della K. Clement of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She is survived by two sons, Robert W. Saum, Jr. and Elizabeth of Roanoke and Keith D. Saum and Ellen of McGaheysville. She has three grandchildren, Eric B. Saum and Rachel of Harrisonburg, Stacey J. Saum, Kelley R. Sherman of Roanoke, and step grandson Crus Corral of Timberville.

Arrangements are being handled by Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Funeral Services will be held 2 pm at Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, October 31, 2020 with the Dr. Rev. Jon Heeringa officiating. Burial will follow at Woodbine Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.


  • Robert W. Saum, Jr. (Elizabeth), Son
  • Keith D. Saum (Ellen), Son
  • Eric B. Saum (Rachel), Grandchild
  • Stacey J. Saum, Grandchild
  • Kelley R. Sherman, Grandchild
  • Crus Corral, Step Grandson
  • Robert W. Saum, Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Nancy W. Jordan, Mother (deceased)
  • Della K. Clement, Sister (deceased)

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Frances Harlow Kiser

October 30, 2020

Remembering her husband as one of my teachers at H.H.S. and working with her as a nurse at RMH, to help open the Progressive Care Telemetry Unit. My sincere condolences to, and prayers for Keith and all her other family.

Dale Lam

October 30, 2020

Saum family - I want to share my thoughts with you during your Mother’s passing. My wife and I are members of First Presbyterian and I have fond memories of your Dad (from a men’s Bible study) as well as your Mother. Seeing your Mother faithfully sitting in her pew on the right hand side of the Church every Sunday was always a special treat. She was always kind and gracious. Keith, your loyalty in getting her to Church on Sundays is also admirable. Wishing you many fond memories.

Dale Lam

Susan Strickland-Sanders

October 29, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Dottie's passing. She was closed to Mom(Peggy) and they would talk almost everyday until we lost Mom in 2019. After that I made sure to call her to see how she was doing. I will miss those phone calls. My condolences to Bobby and Keith and your families. She was a pretty special lady who will be missed.
Susan Sanders

Rusty Henry

October 28, 2020

Keith and Bobby I was devastated when I heard this. What a great person she was. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mom was so good to me and always treated me as if I were a part of your family. She checked up on me as the years went by and I can not tell you how much that meant to me. May God Bless all of you.


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