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Dorothy Laughlin

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Dorothy Laughlin


March 12, 1927 – November 2, 2020


Dorothy Laughlin, born March 12, 1927, near Winters, Texas, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2020, at the age of 93 years. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Artemus and Louvenia (Chapman) Keith; her daughter, Teresa Faye (Manitzas) Madden; her husband of 38 years, Byron (Barney) Laughlin; and the husband with whom she had her children, Thomas (Tony) Manitzas.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Garry Manitzas of Fair Oaks Ranch and his wife, Dedie; grandchildren Heather Manitzas Hill (Thomas) and Alex Manitzas (Cynthia); and her son-in-law, Steve Madden, and his children, Jennifer Madden Tohlen and Zane Madden. Dorothy also had 12 great-grandchildren, Nadia, Alyssa, and Christian Manitzas, Matthew and Katie Hill, Elle, Asher and Auden Tohlen and Natalie, Reagan, Haylee and Jacob Madden.  Dorothy, who came from a family of 11 children, has more nieces and nephews than space will allow us to name.

Dorothy was a very outgoing and caring person who was always willing to help others. Even in her 90s, as a resident at Cibolo Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center in Boerne, she tried to help residents who were less mobile than she was. The nurses always smiled when they told us about Dorothy referring to her roommate as “my patient.”

We want to express our appreciation to the many fine caregivers at Cibolo Creek, especially Lacy Turner, LVN, who cared for Dorothy for her entire time as a resident. Cibolo Creek is a special place staffed with very special people. 

Dorothy’s family invites their friends to join them in a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020, at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home, 111 Rosewood Ave., Boerne, Texas. Dorothy’s remains will be inurned in San Angelo, Texas, at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Bulverde Area Human Society at To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Dorothy’s life, visit

Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.