Dorthea L. “Dotti” Buchanan

Dorthea L. “Dotti” Buchanan

Aug 19, 1950 – Sep 16, 2017

Born in Broken Bow, NE, Dotti was raised in Ansley, NE, attended Ansley High and graduated in 1968. She moved to Omaha that year and studied to be a dental assistant. However, she went to work for Peter Kiewit Sons in 1968 and met her husband Jim there in 1969. They were married in 1971. Beginning in 1981 she stayed home to be a full-time housewife and mother. Dotti was a talented tole painter and instructor and was well known for her beautiful pumpkin carvings at Halloween. Dotti loved the arts and theater. She always put the needs of others ahead of her own and was especially helpful to her children and grandchildren whom she loved deeply.

She was preceded in death by father, Francis Doyle Marsh, Jr.  She is survived by husband, James R. Buchanan; son, James M. Buchanan (Ashley); daughter, Kristi L. Buller (Ken); grandsons, James J. “J.J.” Buchanan and Cameron K. Buller; granddaughter, Quinn H. Buchanan; mother, Shirley Marsh; brothers, Rodney Marsh (Sharon) and Michael Marsh (Karen).

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Sept. 21st from 6pm to 8pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd.  SERVICES Friday, September 22nd at 10:30 am at the Bel Air Chapel.  Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ralston Community Theater or Nebraska Humane Society.




  • Desirae Solomon Posted September 18, 2017 6:06 pm

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Dotti was the perfect blend of class, humor, and grace. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and artist. For me, she was a charasmatic role model. Most importantly, she showed us all how to love and the meaning of being loved. With much love and appreciation for Dotti having touched my life– Love, Desirae M. Solomon

  • Terry & Linda Rosentreader Posted September 19, 2017 6:27 am

    Remembering all the fun and friendship at Ansley High School.. Dotti was always a good friend to everyone she encountered.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  • Carol and John Mumma Posted September 19, 2017 1:35 pm

    God must has needed you desperately to have taken you from this earth way too soon. Your family and friends have many dear memories of you…. Rest In Peace sweet Dotti

  • Deb and Pat O’Brien Posted September 19, 2017 7:56 pm

    Our Prayers are with you.

  • Andrew Walters Posted September 21, 2017 10:19 am

    Jim and family,

    Condolences to your family Jim. Dotti was a special person who brought so much joy, laughter, and energy to everyone around her. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Be well, and God Bless.

  • Ed , Karen Orcutt Posted September 21, 2017 11:07 am

    Sorry James and James and family. Sorry to here about Dottie, May she rest in peace. She will be blessed. Wish we could be there for the funeral. God Bless all of you. Colorado Ed.

  • Micki Justice Posted September 21, 2017 2:24 pm

    My heart goes out to you and your family, Kristi. So sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your mother, but from what I heard from you she was a beautiful person inside and out. So sad that she had to be taken from all of you at such an early age. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless!

  • April Navarro Posted September 21, 2017 5:50 pm

    Prayers for you and your family. Heaven gained another beautiful angel.

  • Naomi and Pat McCurdy Posted September 21, 2017 8:01 pm

    Our sincere sympathy for Jim and all the family. Dotsy was a friend and classmate throughout the years in Ansley.

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