Diane Helen Zumwalt

No services will be held for Diane Helen Zumwalt-Dorsey, 72, Lawrence.

Mrs. Zumwalt-Dorsey died Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 20, 1938 in New York City, NY, the daughter of Roger and Eleanor Edore Lathrop. She graduated from Wichita Falls High School in Wichita Falls, TX in 1957 and earned a B.A. at Kansas State University in 1990.

Mrs. Zumwalt-Dorsey worked as a writer in many fields although her main focus was in public relations. She was a Christian, and enjoyed reading, dancing, watching old movies, and taking care of animals.

She married Robert E. Zumwalt, they divorced in 1988, and he died in 2005. She married Patrick Dorsey, he died in 2009.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Leslie Zumwalt-Golden and her husband Roger, Warrior, AL, Barbara Goydas and her husband Michael, East Sandwich, Mass.; 3 grandchildren, Christopher Golden and wife Jennifer, Palm Beach, FL, Robert Goydas and Andrew Goydas, East Sandwich, Mass.; and a brother, Richard Lathrop and wife Andrea, Lancaster, CA. She also was a wonderful mother and grandmother to the Dorsey family.

The family suggests memorials to the donor’s local Humane Society.

Messages & Condolences

From Leslie L Zumwalt-Golden...

Barbie and I thank you all so much. Mom would love the fact she made so positive an impression on so many folks. Reading your names and how much you thought of Mom brings back good memories that are very precious to us.

We cannot thank you enough for the joy you brought to all our lives and Mom’s. If love is the only asset you take when you pass, Mom died a wealthy woman. A woman wealthy in friends.

From Carole Milton...

To the Family of Diane. Just met Diane this past fall when she joined Welcome Club of Lawrence. It was quite a shock to the Welcome Club members that she passed. We did not know of her illness but we all enjoyed her great cheerful personality. She will be missed.
The Welcome Club of Lawrence.
Carole Milton, President

From Fflorene & Ben Short...

Leslie & Barbie, So very sorry to learn of Diane’s being sick and her death. So hard to imagine. She was just a month younger than myself. I know how hard this is for all of you. Lets stay in touch. Judy Kirkbride asked me to give you her love and tell you that she is thinking of you also.
We love you, Florene & Ben

From Judy Bakumenko...

My sympathy to Leslie, Barbie and the rest of Diane’s family. I met Diane through an Extension Unit in Kinsley. She helped to surprise me with a baby shower when my daughter was born. I always enjoyed Diane’s company and wondered what happened to her when she left Kinsley. I’m glad that she was able to reach her dreams of becoming an accomplished writer. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

From Jan Kuckelman...

My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. What wonderful memories I have of spending childhood and teenage years at the Zumwalt home hanging out with my dear friend Barb and her family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

From John & Jane Craft...

Our sympathy to all of you. I remember when your parents first moved to Kinsley right across the street from us. You girls were happy to have girls to play with! Your Mom was a friend through the years. Love to Leslie and Barb…lots of memories.

From Mary A. Fox...

My condolences to the family of Diane. She and her family were neighbors of mine in Kinsley,KS., on 7th street, many years ago. It truly does seem like yesterday. Thank you for placing the notice of her passing in the Hutchinson News. Love to Barbie and Leslie and “thanks for the memories”.

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