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Dorothy Corn

September 22, 1940 — October 17, 2016

Dorothy Nell Sumner Corn, age 76, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016 at University Park Nursing Home in Wichita Falls, TX. Dorothy died peacefully after a lengthy illness and battle with dementia. Dorothy was born September 22, 1940 in Lubbock, TX to parents Thomas Dupree (T.D. - Mickey) Sumner and Mildred (nee Russell) Sumner. T.D. was a partner in the Roswell-based General Contracting firm of Sumner & Molesworth. Dorothy's mother, Mildred was a homemaker and passed on her love of art and creative spirit to Dorothy. It was not uncommon to open the freezer just to find the butter had been transformed into a wonderful sculpture! Dorothy grew up in Roswell attending Roswell schools and graduated the Roswell High School class of 1959. In high school, Dorothy was an active member of RHS Paletteers and Future Homemakers of America. After graduating, Dorothy attended business school for several years but desired to pursue homemaking and follow her passion of drawing, specifically with pen and ink media, watercolor and modern art history. Dorothy earned a number of awards for her work and enthusiastically enjoyed serving as a frequent judge in art competitions in and around Roswell and New Mexico. One of her favorite memories was getting to paint roadside with her late mother, sister and Peter Hurd. Dorothy enjoyed creative opportunities at any turn and even earned a reputation for her work in creating and painting many of Roswell's storefronts.

Dorothy married Ronald Stratton Corn at First Christian Church, Roswell on New Year's Eve 1961. After staying in Roswell for several months, Ronald enlisted and served in the Army branch of the military for approximately four years. The service took the couple to Fort Smith, AK and Oxford, MS where Ronald served as a military policeman as was assigned to the Meredith Project. After service, the couple settled back to New Mexico to start their family. Ronald and Dorothy were married for 48 years until Ronald's passing in September of 2009. Dorothy is also preceded in death by her parents, T.D. (Mickey) and Mildred Sumner, all of Roswell; a brother William E. (Buddy) Sumner and a sister Bettie June (nee Sumner) Moran, both of Albuquerque.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters Elizabeth S. (nee Corn) Holser of Plano, TX and Rosalyn S. (nee Corn) Berry of Wichita Falls, TX; granddaughters Meredith C. Holser of Plano, TX and Ashlyn E. Berry of Wichita Falls, TX; one great-granddaughter, Braelynn S. Sluder, also of Wichita Falls, TX; nephews Jon Michael Corn, James P. Corn of Roswell, Mike Sumner, and two nieces Sherry (nee Sumner) Clark and Suzie Sumner, all of Albuquerque, NM.

The family will be greeting friends and relatives during visitation on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Ballard Funeral Home from 3-7pm. A graveside service will be held at South Park Cemetery, Roswell at 10:00am Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Memorial donations are encouraged and can be made to Roswell Museum and Arts Center, 100 W. 11th St., Roswell, NM 88201, 575.627.0918 or


Ballard Funeral Home
910 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Friday, October 21, 2016
3:00 to 7:00 pm


Graveside Service

South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00 am


South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203

Memorial Contributions

Roswell Museum and Arts Center
100 W. 11th Street
Roswell, NM  88201

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