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In Memory of Dorothy Nickles

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Dorothy Nickles died peacefully in her sleep at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2009 in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was taken to Hospice with double pneumonia (both lungs), which is a poor prognosis for someone  half her age. Miss Dorothy was 99 years young.


June 16, 2009 |

TheDogPress Staff


Earlier on Tuesday Joe McGinnis (ShowSight) who loves her like a mother, said "she is resting comfortably" but asked that we pray that “she will return to health because we cannot fathom life without her.” Amen. Dog shows will be different.


From Dr. Steve Keating - A Memorial Service to honor our beloved Miss Dorothy is scheduled for Wednesday, July 01, 2009 @ 11:30 a.m. at the Greenwood Chapel - Greenwood Funeral Home- 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (Phone:817-336- 0584).


In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make Memorial contributions in Dorothy Nickles-Wehrung name to: Take the Lead - PO Box 6353, Watertown, NY 13601 (This organization was a favorite of Miss Dorothy); or Southwest High School, Fort Worth ISD, 100 N. University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (Miss Dorothy retired from the Fort Worth ISD after a 47 year teaching career in 1975. Southwest High School was her last assignment/position, prior to retirement from the district in 1975).


A complete Obituary will be printed in the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Dallas Morning News (yes … DALLAS!) on Sunday, June, 21, 2009. As you know, the newspaper obituary will be available on their website as of Sunday, June 21, 2009. You may then view and sign the guestbook as of that date(Sunday) at: com/obituaries or DALLAS MORNING NEWS/Obituaries.


DOROTHY NICKLES IN THE 1960sMiss Dorothy was an icon in the dog world. Always impeccably turned out, radiant with vim and vigor, she could have been a heroine in a great movie of the civilized west or a star in “Dallas.” Like the TV series, she had a long run and devoted fans. Dorothy Nickles was a lady of class but not one with whom you would want to exchange words.


She judged all over the world and was treated like royalty or a sister-come-home, depending on the country. She is shown here in a show photo from the 1960s. The handler is Fred Lanting who later became an AKC and international judge. Fred and Dorothy last judged together in Cali, Columbia, SA. Fred says “She was one of the better judges, and a very nice woman to know outside the ring.” EST 2002 © 0906


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