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Dorothy "Dot" Sawyer

January 6, 1926December 11, 2019
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Dorothy "Dot" Sawyer was born in Russell, Kansas on January 6, 1926 and passed away on December 11, 2019. She grew up and attended school in Lipscomb and Higgins, Texas. She attended West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas.

Dorothy met her future husband Frank Sawyer at Dalhart, Texas where she worked at the Air Force Base. They were married on December 16, 1944. After Frank was discharged from the Air Force they made their home in Wichita, Kansas, where Frank's family lived.

She always enjoyed every morning working the Eagle Crossword puzzle and the afternoons working on jigsaw puzzles. She also did Word Searches and played Blackjack. She lived at Twin Lakes Apartments for 10 years and made many new friends. She loved playing Bunco twice a month with friends at Twin Lakes.

Dorothy was a very active member in ESA Sorority for over 60 years. She worked very closely with St. Jude's Hospital. After working for the City of Wichita for eleven years, she retired. She did volunteer work for the Wichita Bar Association for many years. She took a lot of trips with friends and enjoyed her time with her family at the Lake of the Ozarks in the summer.

She was a long-time member of and served in many positions at both West Side Christian Church and West Wichita Women's Christian Group. She was also a member of Riverlawn Christian Church. Dot was a devout Christian.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Selma Houser; four sisters, Theresa Hughes, Anna Stable, Marie Cloud, and Sally Gillespie; and three brothers, Carl Houser, Jack Houser, and Art Houser.

Her husband, Frank Sawyer, passed away on November 3, 1971.

She is survived by her daughter, Susie Sawyer of Wichita, Kansas; a grandson Mark Campbell and his wife, Bonnie, two great grandsons, Connor and Alex Campbell, and beloved pet Skylar, all of Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She is also survived by Dick Campbell of Centennial, Colorado.

Surviving also are numerous nieces and nephews and one sister-in-law Gloria (Sawyer) Kemper of Portland, Oregon.

Service at Resthaven Mortuary, Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 1:00pm. Visitation on Wednesday from 6:00 till 8:00 pm at Resthaven Mortuary.

Memorials: Botanica Gardens, 701 Amidon St., Wichita, KS 67203 and Harry Hynes Hospice.


  • Susie Sawyer, Daughter
  • Frank Sawyer, Husband (deceased)
  • Fred Houser, Father (deceased)
  • Selma Houser, Mother (deceased)
  • Carl Houser, Brother (deceased)
  • Jack Houser, Brother (deceased)
  • Art Houser, Brother (deceased)
  • Theresa Hughes, Sister (deceased)
  • Anna Stable, Sister (deceased)
  • Marie Cloud, Sister (deceased)
  • Sally Gillespie, Sister (deceased)
  • Gloria (Sawyer) Kemper, Sister-in-law
  • MarkCampbell (Bonnie), Grandchild
  • Connor Campbell, Great Grandchild
  • Alex Campbell, Great Grandchild
  • Skylar, Beloved Pet
  • Dick Campbell, Other
  • Dot also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews

  • Mark Campell, Active Pallbearer
  • Connor Campbell, Active Pallbearer
  • Alex Campbell, Active Pallbearer
  • Dick Campbell, Active Pallbearer
  • Jackie Houser, Active Pallbearer
  • Bruce Kemper, Active Pallbearer
  • Dennis Carmen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jimmy Houser, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Grady Gillespie, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Adam Tennehill, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Matt Tannehill, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, December 19, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, December 19, 2019


Dorothy "Dot" Sawyer

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Verneene Forssberg

December 18, 2019

In her younger years, Dot was an ESA warrior that helped make Epsilon Sigma Alpha become a dynamic organization in Kansas. She helped to lead and participate in many charitable causes of this organization and very specifically our work with the Institute of Logopedics (now known as Heartspring) in Wichita. This organization was known for (and still is) their work with communication handicaps. She and her chapter members were very active until just recently when they disbanded due to age factors. ESA will miss this wonderful spirit and life and all that she so unselfishly gave back to life. She was a great example of how to give back to those that need help. A truly wonderful woman with a kind and gentle spirit that will be missed.

Jack Houser

December 16, 2019

Even though my Aunt Dot had been sick for quite some time, it still does not seem possible that she is gone. I will always remember her Great Positive Attitude! She will be truly missed!

Marilyn Crown

December 14, 2019

I met Susie in grade school and have been to her child hood home . They had a pool and Susie was an only child but was always a very giving person ,never selfish ever. Dot was a beautiful loving lady, I always felt comfortable around her and welcome. I remember swim parties in their back yard she was a loving, happy,gracious lady I admired. She will be issued by me . Marilyn Crown

Helen Stitt

December 13, 2019

I joined ESA in 1976 when I was pregnant with my first child. Dot became like a second mother to me. She was a true role model for me and taught me so many things about ESA. We had a fashion show for our organization and she modeled with my young daughter who wasn't too keen on walking around in front of all of the strangers. Dot held her hand the whole time and became another grandmother to my daughter. She was such a special lady and I will miss her very much.

David Massey

December 13, 2019

Dot, you surely will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing you

Tom Kemper

December 13, 2019

Wonderful memories of Dot and Frank as a child and very proud of Dot as she guided her life and met every challenge after Frank's passing. She lived life to the fullest, cherished every moment, and loved to laugh. Thanks for the memories, Aunt Dot.

Tom Kemper

Terry Dean

December 13, 2019

I remember when I first joined sorority I worked at Town west on the radio-athon in the mid-80s. I brought my son with me overnight and she was so sweet to him and she was so lovely to work with. She always remember us anytime I saw her throughout the years. She was a very special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Terry Dean (Chi Omega)

Mary Hill

December 12, 2019

Dot and I traveled to Las Vegas on several occasions years ago. She loved playing the penny slots. Had a hard time convincing her you had to play the max coins....she finally did and finally won a respectable pot. Not sharing the amount . But she was pleased. We also joined Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority the same year1952.