Dorothy Grace Hird (Dot Tasker)


Dorothy Grace Tasker was born on July 16, 1922 in Delphos, Kansas. She passed away peacefully in Conroe, Texas, on July 23, 2013. Dorothy was the daughter of Pastor Lester and Avis (Long) Tasker.

Lester Tasker and Avis Long Tasker

August 7 1918, Lester Tasker and Avis Long wedding portrait.

Inseparable siblings, Dorothy and her older sister, Adelaide were only 19 months apart. As a tiny baby, Dorothy survived scarlet fever which most likely contributed to her hearing loss. To communicate, the two girls developed their own unique sign language. Their mother prayed every day for her young child to receive a healing that would restore her hearing. Clearly, God had a different plan for Dorothy who would touch peoples’ lives everywhere she went with her big smile, quick wit, and her kind and compassionate heart.

Adelaide and Dorothy

1923 and 1925 Adelaide and Dorothy

Nicknamed "Dot," in 1942, she graduated from the Kansas School for the Deaf at Olathe where she was known for her expert timing to "feel the beat." A 1941 Olathe News newspaper article featured Dorothy "in stepping high action" as a baton twirling majorette leading the Baton Drill.  Dorothy loved to tap dance, and to feel the beat with flying feet while dancing the Charleston and the Jitterbug.

Dorothy Majorette

A life-long homemaker who was fiercely devoted to her family, Dorothy possessed an uncanny "6th" sense when it came to her loved ones. She possessed a "knowing" far more accurate than any spoken words - particularly when something was amiss. She taught her children American Sign Language from birth, but always carried a small note-pad and a pen to communicate with the hearing. Strangers were always greeting by her big smile as she proudly showed visitors her current art projects or her flower gardens, saying that "it helped to break the ice." She always wanted people to feel comfortable in her presence.

Sometimes Dorothy was stymied by unfamiliar "hearing" phrases. One party invitation said "Let's Raise the Roof." Baffled, she questioned why people at a party would physically raise the roof of a house, indicating a struggle as she lifted her hands in the air. She dissolved in laughter when she understood the intended humor behind the phrase.

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