Dorothy Mae Youngblood was born August 13, 1936 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Booker T. Hogan and Lillie Barber-Hogan. Dorothy grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from Sumner High School in Kansas City, Kansas in 1954. Dorothy further her education by attending University of Kansas School of Medicine in the Nursing School in Kansas City, Kansas from 1970 to 1974 where, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She began to work at Bethany Hospital as Head Nurse in Oncology. Dorothy worked for 53 years she retired in 1993 after 53 years of loyal service.
Dorothy married James A. Walker III in 1954. To this union, four children were born. They remained friends for many years. In April of 1990, Dorothy married Ralph Youngblood Sr… Over the years Dorothy and Ralph hosted hundreds of gatherings, organizations, and functions in their home for 25 years. They enjoyed their catering business and entertaining.
Mrs. Youngblood was involved in several organizations. She was one of the Founding Charter Members of Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. She served as a member of the Kansas City Heirloom Garden Organization in KCKS. She was involved in the Jayhawk Frontiers International Organization, the Northeast Optimist Club, and Willa Gill Center Food Kitchen. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, cooking, spending time with family and friends. She also received several awards and recognition over the years.
Mrs. Dorothy Mae Youngblood 83 passed away on July 22, 2020 at Medicalodge Acute Rehabilitation Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Dorothy was preceded in death by her first husband, James A. Walker III; and her second husband, Ralph Gerald Youngblood Sr.; two sons, James A. Walker IV; and Terrence Walker; four siblings, Eula Mae; Howard; Edward; and Bernice.
Dorothy is survived by one daughter, Theresa L. Walker; one son, Rodney A. Walker; three grandchildren, Jessica Saunders (Jonathan); Douglas Walker Jr.; and James Walker; and a host of extended family members and friends.
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