Dorothy Flottman, 97, of Winfield, KS passed away Saturday, March 19, 2022 in Wichita.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Winfield, interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield. Memorial contributions for Dorothy may be made to the William Newton Hospital Healthcare Foundation Second Century Campaign, donations may be left in the care of the funeral home. The family asks that attendees please wear a mask.
Dorothy was born to Clarence and Louise (Janke) Higginbottom on November 23, 1924 in Winfield, at the house she lived in until she was in the 7th grade. Dorothy grew up in Winfield and worked at the family business, Higginbottom Grocery Store & Meat Market, as a teen and young adult. She graduated from Winfield High School, with the Class of 1942; during her senior year she won the state baton twirling championship. Dorothy later graduated from the University Of Kansas School Of Business with the Class of 1946, where she was the first marching band female drum major. Dorothy was united in marriage to L.R. “Dick” Flottman on April 5, 1953; he preceded her in death February 3, 1979.
She worked for Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corp. at Strother Field from 1946-1948, the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce from 1949-1954, Edward B. Stephenson, CPA from 1978-1982, and as a State Representative, Kansas 78th Dist. from 1983-1992. Dorothy loved her community and proudly served on many boards holding positions such as member, secretary, chairperson, and/ or president, for the following: William Newton Hospital Board of Trustees, Corner Bank Board of Directors, H.L. Snyder Medical Foundation Board of Trustees, Winfield State Hospital and Training Center Advisory Council, City of Winfield Board of Zoning Appeals, Winfield Rotary Club, Citizens Advisory Committee Parents as First Teachers, Winfield Correctional Facility Community Relations Board, Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Citizens Advisory Committee R.E.A.C.H. (preschool development center), Citizens Advisory Committee LEGACY (regional community foundation), the William Newton Hospital Second Century Campaign, she was also a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Working in the Winfield community with such enthusiasm and care, Dorothy received many awards, including the Winfield Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Service Award, the Soroptimist International Women of Distinction Award, the Winfield Pre-Release Center Honorary Inmate #1 Designation, the Winfield Pre-Release Center baseball field named Flottman Field, CornerBank Community Cornerstone Award, the Winfield Rotary Club Service Above Self Award, and later Paul Harris Fellowship, the Winfield High School Wall of Honor Induction, and Winfield Lighted Christmas Parade Marshall. Dorothy continued with her trend of “firsts” and became the first female member of the Winfield Rotary Club, joining in 1987, she also threw the first pitch at the Flottman Field dedication ceremony in 1989. Dorothy loved “yard work”; she maintained the island at the intersection of East 9th, Alexander and Central streets from 1981-2001. She enjoyed refinishing furniture, typing, traveling and animals, and she loved Winfield, KS more than anyone, anywhere on Earth. Ever.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter Rebecca (Flottman) Courtney and son-in-law Donald Courtney MD of North Myrtle Beach, SC; grandson Patrick Courtney MD and granddaughter-in-law Rachel and their children Paul, Andrew and Samuel of Mason City, IA; granddaughter Katherine Courtney of Durham, NC. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister Lorita (Higginbottom) Pendleton.