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Eastland Funeral Home & Cremation Service

904 Gallatin Road, Nashville, TN

OBITUARY

Dorothy Jean Hamblen

March 8, 1929June 25, 2020

Dorothy Hamblen, age 91, died on Thursday, June 25. She was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Hamblen and Myra Stone Hamblen. She was preceded in death by brothers, Bob, Russ, Bill, James, Polk, and John Hamblen. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Betsy Spears, Mary Newman, Mabel Boyd, Mattie Helen Hamblen, and Virginia Brandon.

She is survived by sixteen Nieces and Nephews. She is also survived by Sister-in-Law Sara McKinney Hamblen, and many lifelong friends, including Bonnie Sneed.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Alive Hospice, or to your favorite charity,

Services

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Lee Hamblen

June 30, 2020

Dot was a good friend to me and I will miss her.

Brenda Harrington Oeser

June 27, 2020

Dot was such a wonderful lady. I spent many hours playing Hand n Foot with her and Joette Pickerel. I loved them both. Loved her stories about her family, bowling, golf, music, travels and her laugh. Joe was her knight in shining armor. She talked about him so much. There was so many special things about Dot. She will be missed but she is with the angels now.

Brooke Elliott

June 27, 2020

Ms. Dot played a major role in my life whether it was teaching me to never take life too seriously or to always have confidence in myself. She has been apart of my life ever since the day I was born 20 years ago. My favorite memory with Ms. Dot was when I was playing the card game “Spoons” with her in her living room. I rigged the cards so that I would get 4 in a row before her and win. She thought it was the funniest thing that I did that and she just went along with it. I remember that moment so well because it helped teach me that life isn’t about winning but about having fun and being with loved ones. Ms. Dot knitted my favorite blanket that I still sleep with to this day. She put so much time, effort, and care into that blanket and I will cherish it forever. Ms. Dot was always so supportive of my Irish dance career and would always let me perform for her whenever I wanted. I miss her joyful laugh that made everyone else in the room light up when they heard it. Ms. Dot was one of my first friends ever. I love her so much and miss her so much.

Erikka Elliott

June 27, 2020

This is my earliest memory with Ms. Dot, it might even be the day we first met. I should be about 4 years old, and Allison would be a little less than 2 (before Grace Ann and Brooke came along and stole the show!) I'm so thankful I remember this moment.

Erikka Elliott

June 27, 2020

Dorothy Hamblen, Ms. Dot, as she has always been known to us, led a beautiful life in her 91 years on Earth. There is so much I don’t know about her and her life prior to when I met her in the 1990s, but from the near 25 years of friendship there are some things I can say with confidence. Ms. Dot took full advantage of life. She made joy, fun, and play priority. She loved to tell a good story, and she had an endless supply of them. She had many great friendships. She loved her nieces and nephews, and they loved her right back. She was overly generous. She always saw the good in people. She had so much love to give, and that love was unconditional. We are so lucky to be among those on the receiving end. Ms. Dot was also one of the most resilient people I have known. I know she was often in great pain, but she rarely revealed it to anyone. Even on a bad day, she would welcome us into her home with a hug, a smile, and good conversation. Though saying goodbye is something I never would’ve been ready to do, I am so thankful that Ms. Dot’s years-long fight with pain has finished. I’m so proud of Ms. Dot and her 91 years of life. I’m proud of her for seeing the world; for spreading her love and light to everyone she met; for having lots of fun; for all of her accomplishments that I don’t even know about; for staying physically active as long as her body would allow; for putting one foot in front of the other in spite of the pain; and for never letting go of hope. She is an inspiration. Ms. Dot started out as a friend, but quickly became family. She taught us so many things, but especially how to love others and how to laugh at ourselves. We will miss her dearly. Her joy, her stories, her laughter, her jokes, her thoughts, her hugs, her talents, her love. We love you, Dot. We are eternally grateful for the memories, the wisdom you imparted, the role you played in raising us, and the love you shared with us. Be at peace. With love from Erikka on behalf of the Elliott family.

Grace Elliott

June 27, 2020

Ms. Dot has been a part of my life since I was born 23 years ago. Whenever my sisters and I would spend time at her house we would have a blast doing all kinds of things like fashion shows, learning to play piano and sew, making root beer floats, and playing with Muff and Gator. As we got older, Ms. Dot would have stories to tell us about her childhood and funny memories she had with us. I admired Ms. Dot so much for many reasons but mostly for her effort to stay positive and find the good in every person. I am thankful for Ms. Dot’s laugh, life advice, and love she shared with me and my family.

Jean Wernicki

June 27, 2020

Aunt Dot, I just want to thank you for being such a consistent part of my life. Thanks for the card games, the Nuts & Bolts & the Reese’s peanut butter cookies made from Ritz crackers & the peanut brittle at Christmastime, the free rides to my summer jobs downtown during college. Thank you even more for the late-night talks, the acceptance, the support, & the encouragement. I miss you already.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY