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Firmin, Dorothy M.

Firmin, Dorothy M.

May 6, 1923 — May 17, 2020

Dorothy May (Calvert) Firmin was born May 6, 1923 to Richard and Dora (Day) Calvert in Liberty, MO, the eldest of four girls. She passed in her daughter Dora's care, with supervision of Crossroads Hospice, early May 17, 2020. Dorothy graduated from Liberty HS in 1941, and received an art scholarship to Monticello Female Seminary College in Illinois but declined it. She married Paul Gabbert and had one daughter, Myra Sue, in 1947. She married James Firmin in 1951, and two daughters were born, Roma in 1955 and Dora in 1961. Dorothy became an antique connoisseur of sorts. She was generous to a fault and enjoyed bestowing lovely gifts from her collections. She enjoyed learning culinary arts, was a loyal customer of Andre's on the Plaza and claimed to be their first customer. She and Dad loved to dance the West Coast swing and on occasion did so into their late 80's. Dorothy enjoyed edgy comedy, music, live stage theater, and was an avid eclectic reader. She and Dad traveled often with their dear friends the Bookers. Her favorite TV shows were Judge Judy and Forensic Files. Until recently, she could be heard on any given occasion singing loudly, beloved songs of her past at the nursing home. Dorothy's first job during WWII was at Lake City. The majority of her career was in office management in the Fitness industry: European Health Spa, KC Fitness, International Fitness, Bally's and Gold's Gym. She retired at age 70 and drove until age 91. Our momma was glamorous, and a stellar, eclectic, intellectual, righteous woman indeed. She was always nurturing, protective, a confidante, and all in all, our hero. Her life was filled with love, health and longevity. Dorothy knew and loved her husband Jim nearly 70 years before he passed on January 15, 2019, at the age of 95. She leaves behind daughters: Myra Williams (Del) of Waterford, CA, Sandra Willis (Allen) of St. Joseph, MO, Roma and Dora Firmin of KCMO; grandchildren: Jahnna, Lisa and their spouses, Joey (Marissa), Shelly (Darren), Brandon (Amanda), Tia (Derek), Tara (Tim) and Bonita; her youngest sister Lora (age 92); nieces: Karen, Linda, Kay, Daria and their families; 25 great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren. The family will announce a memorial in honor of James and Dorothy sometime this summer.

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The family will announce a memorial in honor of James and Dorothy sometime this summer.

Firmin, Dorothy M.'s Guestbook

What an amazing woman!! I know that she and Jim are dancing and laughing with Jim and Jo somewhere fabulous!! RIP Dorothy. I am honored to have shared some brief moments with you. Say hi to Ginny for me!!

Deborah Barron

She is at peace now. I’ll miss going to see her and grandpa. They were both lucky to have lived such a long live together, and now they are together again! Love you both.

Shelly Springs

The thing I remember most about my Aunt Dorothy was her eagerness to help me locate and connect with my birth mother, her sister, Lora. She was as thrilled as I was to bring that to fruition. She shared with me, as she did many others, a beautiful piece of jewelry, which I treasure. The last few years have been difficult; may she Rest In Peace.


Since the time of my mothers death when I was 17 my sister Dorothy has been there for me. She assumed the responsibility for her three younger sisters in a motherly capacity. Throughout my life she has been there to offer comfort advice and even sometimes monetary help. Her strong personality has encouraged not only her sisters but any other family or friends needing support .Knowing at the age of 92 that my time is not too distant I am finding pleasure In all the memories that dwell in my mind which Dorothy is a large part of. Her passing will leave a vacancy in my heart that cannot be filled by any other. I cannot help but rejoice that she is No longer in Pain and is at peace. Farewell dear sister

Lora Davis

During my younger years I remember feeling a spellbound awe when thinking of or in the presence of my Aunt Dorothy She along with Uncle Jim seemed so worldly. Like celebrities or movie stars. I loved to watch (and listen) as Dorothy and her sisters chat, applied makeup and delved through her gorgeous jewelry collection Usually her generosity granted each one a keepsake jewel. I still have the first one she gave me at age 12 And have treasured it amongst several others over all these years I am so thankful to Dora She drove Aunt Dorothy to her sister Lora’s house for a 3 day visit just a few months ago. I still felt awe ...FOR THE WOMAN.... And life she lived. Love💕💕


I will always remember our family get togethers and meeting Dorothy and Jim for dinner. I was always included and treated like family. Dorothy was an interesting personality and a proud mother and grandmother. It was a pleasure knowing she and Jim. My thoughts are with the family.

Allen Rogge

Lots of years lots of memories. Dorothy was a friend, a confidant, and a giving person who always found the best in me. There will be a void in my life with her gone. She was a loving grandmother who would give her all to her grandchildren. Dorothy was a very interesting person who had many close friends during her life. We will all miss you "momma" and hope you are now at peace.

Sandra Firmin Willis

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