Obituary - Dorothy Margaret Topken Dodson

  • 2021-05-03, 08:17 AM
  • Source: The Gardens Funeral Home
Obituary - Dorothy Margaret Topken Dodson Dorothy Dodson
November 18, 1926 - April 28, 2021

Dorothy Margaret Topken Dodson joined this world on November 18, 1926.  Born to Arthur Henry Topken and Flora Mabel Chase Topken, in Huntington Park, Ca. On April 28, 2021, She went to be with her loved ones above.

Dorothy married the cowboy love of her life, John Allen Dodson, on December 13, 1949.  She became a schoolteacher and taught for 42 years, with the last 30 years being in Fallon, Nevada. 

She is survived by her daughter, Joan Hiibel; son, Butch (Kristie) Dodson; nephew-son, Willie (Laurel) Topken.  Grandsons, Bruce (Kim) Hill; Ryan Hiibel; and Allen (Jamie) Dodson.  Great-grandchildren, Jared; Haylee and Hunter, Orrin and great-great-grandson, Ryker, and many nieces, nephews, and greats. 

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, John; daughter, Dorothy Demiras; son, Robert; grandson, Randy; granddaughter, Mandie Hill; son-in-law, Sam Hiibel; siblings Bill, Arthur, Carl, and June. 

She may well be most remembered as a teacher, and her love of rodeo, horses, and dogs.  She gave these passions her all.  Her dedication and support of her family is her legacy and was the main focus of her life.  Her life was eventful and fulfilling for 94 ½ years.    

There will be a graveside service Friday, May 7, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Churchill County Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers you are encouraged to make a donation to the Veterans Guest House online at, or by mail at 880 Locust Street, Reno, NV 89502.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Gardens Funeral Home, 2949 Austin Highway Fallon, NV 89406, phone 775 423-8928.

Source: The Gardens Funeral Home



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Jean Lawson
Jean Lawson 2021-05-05, 05:38 PM
I was so saddened to hear about Dorothy. She was a dear friend of mine.
I worked with her at Northside Elementary for many years. She was my sons first grade amazing teacher. Lucky him. I feel so honored having known such a Wonderful Beautiful Lady and a Great Teacher!! You will be truly missed my friend ♥️🙏😇
Beccy Topken
Beccy Topken 2021-05-03, 08:54 PM
My heart is heavy that I cannot be there. Thank you Aunt Dorothy for being one of my life lines in my childhood.
Patty Simms-Daum
Patty Simms-Daum 2021-05-03, 03:14 PM
I loved Dorothy. When she would sub at E.C. Best, she would be there early and would come in to talk. She was never grumpy or discouraging, unless it came to the computer! Rest my friend.