Dorethat W. Crenshaw- Calhoun was born March 21, 1913 in Haskell, OK to E.J. and Dora Colley-Williams.
She was born in a family of ten brothers and five sisters. In 1936, she graduated from Booker T. Washington High School- Tulsa, Ok.
Doretha was joimed in holy matrimony with Cornelius Crenshaw in 1940, to this union was born 4 sons and 1 daughter. In 1974 she was joined in holy matrimony with Alpha Calhoun, to this union, she was blessed with another daughter.
Doretha was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, two sisters, seven brothers, one step daughter, and both husbands. Doretha received her wings for her heaven’s journey on Saturday, January 12, 2013, in her daughter’s home.
Her life has always been dedicated toher famiy, church and community. She had a passion for education and traveling to foreign countries. Doretha was also a very giving person, who loved toheld others along the way. She would say the words of a song “If I can help somebody while I travel along then my living shall not be in vain”.
She was desirous but was financially unable to further he education in nursing; so, this “Strong Black Woman” entered a writing contest sponsored by the Journal of Nursing Publication. Her article, “I have A Dream Too”, won her $50.00 which enabled her to enroll in nursing school. Doretha received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Batist University and a master’s from UCLA during the 1970’s & 80″s. She was employed by Morton Health Center as a Director of Nursing in 1974.
She became affiliated with Metropolitan Baptist Church in the late 1940’s under the pastorate of Rev. C.L. West; she remained a member until she left to pursue her education and career in nursing. She continued her Christian journey under the pastorat of Rev. H.L. /collier and Rev. Ray A. Owens, while at Metropolitan she served as Chairman of Trustee Board, Member Finance Committee, Mission President, Member Adult Choir, Nurses Guild, Church Secretary, pastor’s Aide; She worked, extensively on the state and national level of the National Baptist Convention. While at Mt. Carmel Baptist she started the nurses guild and was the radio host for the church’s worship sercie. She shared her talents with other churches, Mt. Zion, and Parkview in Tulsa, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Ok., and many others. She loved to travel and in 1960 she traveled to the Holy Land and other foreign countries.
She leaves to mourn her passing tow son, Glennis Crenshaw(Cora), Carson, CA and Alexis Crenshaw, Tulsa, Ok; a dauther, Rev. Dr. Marsha Crfenshaw, Tulsa, Ok; Special children, Charles Boxsley, Rev. John Thomas, Jr., Vanessa Johnson, and Johnetta McIntosh, just to name a few. Three brothers, Rev. Maurice Williams (Marsha) of Beggs, OK, Dock Williams (Gloria) and Rev. Wayne Williams (Beverly), Haskell, Ok; three sisters Bobbie Stones (J.T) and mattie Coleman (Homer), haskell Ok, Esther Williams, Compton, CA; one siter-in-law Sadie Calhoun, Tulsa, Ok; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; A special life long friend, mildred Jone, Tulsa, Ok; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Viewing for Mrs. Doretha M Crenshaw Calhoun, ORU Nursing Instructor will be held on Friday 1:00 5:00 pm at Dyer Chapel.
Services will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:00am at Metropolitian Baptist Church, Tulsa Ok.
Interment: Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Skiatook, Ok.