Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“Miss Dottie was absolutely wonderful to my Mom and Dad when they'd retired from the mission field and Dad broke a hip and was air-lifted to Tampa. ...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“I forgot to my name on the previous entry.Sophia M. PaytonNinety830@aol.complease contact me ”
2 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“I knew Dottie when when I was racing with her and a member of the 99's. - Florida Suncoast Coast Chapter. She was always there and supported the 99's...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“As Chapter Chair of the Florida Suncoast 99s where Dorothy was a Life Member, I extend my sympathies to you at this time of loss. Dottie inspired...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Marilyn Shafer - Land O Lakes, FL

“Aunt Dot, Your stories were always an inspiration to me. You will always be a legacy in the family.-Kelli McCormick Landrum ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Buddy and Jane sorry to hear about you mother passing. My prays are with you. ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Geno Hollingsworth - Mt.Gilead, OH

“She was such a Lovely, Sweet Lady that will be missed so much by everyone who knew and loved her, always so kind and thoughtful. Our thoughts and...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Evelyn and Rodney Dail - Lakeland, FL

“Grandma Dottie you will be missed. You are a kind amazing, wonderful lady. You have touched the hearts of everyone who was blessed enough to have you...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Darlena Sweeny - FL

“I Love You so much and will miss you even more! You are my Mother-in-Law and my friend! I Love You, Margie ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: Margie Birdsong - Lakeland, FL

“We will miss your bright smile and shining eyes. Thank you for being our friend and neighbor and for all the help you gave us when Christopher was...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Beverly Papy - Temple Terrace, FL

“You touched so many hearts in so many ways. I thank God often for allowing you to be apart of our lives. I love you from first sight and will miss...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Karen Waddell - Merritt Island, FL

“Ms. Dottie, Ill never forget you pure, LOvING, kind & generous HeART...and all the mail that frusterated you so & ALL THE FASINATING & AMAZING...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Karen Waddell - Merritt Island, FL

“We were very sad to hear of Dottie passing away. We feel very fortunate to have known her; she was quite a lady - very inspiring! Your family will...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Tracy Mortellaro - Tampa, FL

“Gramma Dottie your will be dearly missed by all...The greatest, most kind woman I ever had the pleasure of knowing and loving ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Kathy Dietz - Valrico, FL

“What a blessing she was for all of us who were lucky enough to know her. She was truly an angel! We will miss her in our lives and as our special...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Jamie and Vicki Curtis - FL

“Grandma Birdsong, You were such a ray of sunshine. You will be very missed. God Bless, Ash ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: Ashlie Curtis Mora - Dade City, FL

“To Dottie's Family, We will miss Dottie's smile at the many Krewe of Venus activities,she attended. Her efforts and support of the Royal Court will...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: James V Carver - Tampa, FL

“I will miss Dottie. She was such an inspiration. I loved her stories of her ventures in life. What an interesting woman she was and what a great...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Karen Singletary - Valrico, FL

“I will miss Miss Dottie. She was the kindest. most gentle person I know. Her passing will be felt by thousands who have known or met her in her life. ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: William Fitzgerald - Seffner, FL

“Dorothy Birdsong was a wonderful Christian Lady. She had an outstanding life and was deeply loved by many people. God Bless her memory and God Bless...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Tom Vann - Tampa, FL

“May you have everlasting peace with God ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Ted and Nancy Pananretos - MS

“Our lives were enriched from knowing Miss Dotttie. She always was there to help when the youth needed anything from someone in the kitchen to a home...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: James & Katheryn Stock - Lutz, FL

“Dottie, aka Grandma, was a jewel you only get to met once in a lifetime. ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Greg and Pat Heid - FL - Friends

“I've just learned of my Aunt Dot's passing. I loved her so much and always looked forward to her Christmas letters. Although I haven't kept in touch...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Carol Shackouls - Kingwood, TX

“We just want you to know how special Ms. Dottie was to our family through the years. She was a faithful financial supporter of our son, Troy, when...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Mildred and Billy Carter - Tampa, FL

“Our funeral director and staff wish to extend our sincere sympathy to the Birdsong family. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Terrace Oaks Chapel

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Dorothy Lanelle Birdsong "Dottie", age 93, of Temple Terrace, FL, passed away on Tuesday, 1/29/2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on 6/6/1919 in Norfield, MS to her parents, William Welch and Buelah Smith. She was the youngest of 9 children. Dottie grew up in a Masonic Children's Home in Meridian, MS. She married Charles William Birdsong, Sr. in Mississippi in 1938. They had 3 children. Prior to moving to Temple Terrace, she was a resident of Mt. Gilead, OH. When Dottie was 8 years old, she met Charles Lindbergh and he inspired her to learn to fly, she obtained her pilot's license at the age of 40 and by the time she was 70 she had logged over 9,000 flight hours. In her aviation days, she enjoyed competing in the annual Powder Puff and Angel Derby races. Dorothy was a member of First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace, a longtime member of Krewe of Venus, and a member of the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club since the 1960's. She served 3 years on the Aviation Women's Advisory Committee and also served as a Florida Delegate for the Republican Party in 1984 during President Reagan's second term. Dorothy met four sitting presidents. She was active in both the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts and she enjoyed golfing and bridge. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles and son, Roger. She is survived by her children, Charles "Buddy" Birdsong, Jr. (Pam) and Jane Summerall (Jim); daughter-in-law, Margie Birdsong; grandchildren, Terry Birdsong (Trish), Brad Birdsong (Stephanie), Tammy Willman (Chris), Lesa Ann Summerall, Jennifer Sawyer (Jonathan), Kimberly Powell (Brian), Denny Birdsong and Christie Cannon (Rick) as well as 13 great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service for Dottie at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 02/05/2013 at First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace. Words of comfort may be expressed at