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Mrs. Dorothy Marie ("Madam Butterfly") Ransom-Garrison

October 15, 1942 ~ November 24, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Mrs. Dorothy Ransom-Garrison Obituary

Reflections of Her Journey

Dorothy Marie Ransom, 81, went to be with the Lord on November 24, 2023. She was born in Van, Arkansas. Dorothy was the only child of the late Alvin & Wilma Lee Ransom. She later met and married Vernon B. Garrison where they and their two children resided in Olivette (St. Louis), Missouri.

Dorothy received Christ at an early age and was a member of Hill Chapel A.M.E. Church also in Van, Arkansas.  

She attended the local elementary schools and graduated from Immanuel High School in 1960. Dorothy also attended and graduated from AM&N College (UAPB) in Pine Bluff, Arkansas where she received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She also received a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University,  Webster University in 1973.

Dorothy was an extremely bubbly and cheerful woman who lived, loved and enjoyed her life to the fullest. She was a very helpful and giving person and she loved her family.   

Dorothy taught elementary school for 39 years starting in Waukegan, Illinois and she was later employed at Miles Davis Elementary school located in East St Louis, Illinois until she retired in 2005. 

She was a proud and dedicated member of Zeta Phi Beta  Sorority Inc.; Order of Eastern Stars; the Richmond Heights Bridge Club and various other clubs and organizations.

She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Barnett Garrison and son Vern Dorian Garrison Sr.

Her memories will be cherished by her daughter, Deborah Garrison of Dallas, TX., daughter-in-law Chandra R. Garrison of Little Rock, AR, grandchildren Brandon S. (Tempest) Garrison of Little Rock, AR, Tianica S. Garrison of Alpharetta, GA. and Vern D. Garrison Jr. of Little Rock, AR. Three great-grandchildren, Kyle G. Walker, Carter J. Garrison, and Mason I. Garrison. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. 

**The family would like to thank Mrs. Rachel Webb and Ms. Janice Rideout for their assistance with Dorothy throughout the years during her time of need, up to the time of her passing.


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