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Dorothy Bourbeau

From Ruth Walsh
Durant Daily Democrat, Sunday, January 16, 1983, p.14
DOROTHY BOURBEAU - Funeral will be Monday at the First Baptist Church for Dorothy Bourbeau, 51, Bokchito, who died Wednesday in a fire at her residence.
   The Rev. Billy Dawson will officiate with burial in the Bokchito Cemetery. A waitress, she was born on Feb. 12, 1932, and was a member of the First Baptist Church at Bokchito.
   Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Frankie Blanton, Bokchito; two sons, Larry Wayne and William Charles, both of Bokchito, and a daughter, Mrs. Roetta Fay Rose, Republic, MO; two brothers, Billy Blanton and Bobby Blanton, both of Bokchito, and a sister, Mrs. Dora Fay Kirksey, Corpus Christi, Tex.
   Pallbearers include Ennis Ellis, Mike and Terry Naisei and Lloyd Parker and Raymond Dill. (researcher's note:  Dorothy was the daughter of William Franklin Blanton and Frankie Frankie Monroe Norton.  She was the granddaughter of John E.A. Blanton and Margaret Elizabeth Keller.  Her great-grandparents were Benjamin F. Blanton and Sarah L. Boone of Fannin
Co., TX and George W. Keller and Julia Ann Easton Sturdivant.)

Durant Daily Democrat, Thursday, January 13, 1983, p. 8
   Service for Dorothy Blanton Bourbeau, 51, who died Wednesday in a fire at her Bokchito home, is pending with Coffey Funeral Home.    A benefit fund for the Bourbeau children has been established at the Durant Bank & Trust.  Mrs. Bourbeau has three children, two sons ages 11 and 14, and a married daughter.

Durant Daily Democrat, Thursday, January 12, 1983, p. 1
(large photo of burning house with firemen) - BOKCHITO FIREMEN hose down the rubble of a house fire early this morning that claimed the life of Dorothy Blanton Bourbeau, 50.  Town Marshall Glen Wells discovered the fife shortly after 4 a.m.
Fire Chief J.P. Bundrant and eight firemen responded with two trucks, but the home was totally engulfed by the flames when they arrived.
Mrs. Bourbeau was a waitress at Naifeh's Steak House.  Official cause of the fire has not yet been determined.  (Democrat Photo by Larry Marcy) - story- followed in next column ..
HOME FIRE IS FATAL TO BOKCHITO WOMAN - by Scott Hancock - An early morning residential fire in Bokchito claimed the life of a Bokchito woman.
     The body of a woman identified as Dorothy Blanton Bourbeau, 50, an employee of Naifeh's Restaurant in Mead, was brought this morning from the ashes of her home located in northwest Bokchito.   The home, destroyed by the flames, was located about a block north of the Bokchito post office building.
   Mrs. Bourbeau's body was burned beyond recognition.  Relatives stated that she was the only one at the home when the flames were discovered about 4:15 a.m.
   Two of her children escaped the fiery destruction.  Her two sons living at home were staying the night with Mrs. Bourbeau's mother in Bokchito.  The victim has a daughter who does not reside there.   The flames were discovered by Bokchito town marshal Glen Wells.  He, in turn, notified the fire   Wells told investigating deputy sheriff B. J. Moore that it appeared the flames were confined to the bedroom when he first noticed the fire.  By the time two volunteer fire department trucks arrive, the home was totally engulfed in flames.
   The fire was hot enough that it scorched new siding on a nearby residence, Firemen splashed some 3,000 gallons of water on the burning home in an effort to confine the flames there.
   It was believed early in the fire fighting that Mrs. Bourbeau was inside the home, but the flames were too hot or firemen to enter the house.   Wells stated that he attempted to go into a back door when he discovered the fire, but the smoke drove him back outside.
   Cause of the fire hasn't been determined this early in the investigation. The rubble of the home was still smoldering this morning and it was 10 a.m. before the ashes had cooled enough to bring the woman's body from the blackened rubble.
   Moore said the state fire marshal's office in Oklahoma City has been notified, but they offered no date when a marshal would be available to go to the scene.   Moore said, after speaking with the victim's children and relatives that there was no propane leading to the home.  the only source of heat was an electric heater and a recently purchased electric blanket.
  Moore said he has no idea what may have caused the fire, but after his investigation has not ruled out the possibility that Mrs. Bourbeau was smoking a cigarette when she fell asleep.
   It appeared her body was located in the bedroom in the vicinity of the bed.  The home was so badly burned that it appeared she was lying on the floor, possibly between the bed and a bedroom wall of the four-room house.
   Wells added that he had seen Mrs. Bourbeau returning form wok at the restaurant in west Bryan County bout midnight.  He had seen an auto that matched her vehicle about that time.   Moore was assisted in his investigation by sheriff Gene Hampton who appeared about 5:30 a.m. on the scene.

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