ASHLAND - Dorothy Combs Gute of Ashland, died Wednesday in Community Hospice
Care Center following an extended illness.
She was born Dec. 23, 1927, in Combs, Ky., the daughter of the late Emanuel
and Molly Combs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by
her beloved husband, Pete; her sister, Thelma Combs of Hazard; and brothers
Paul Combs of Louisville, Don Combs Sr. or Pikeville and E.M. Combs of
She is survived by her children, Marty Gute (Sara) of Ashland and Mindy
Barfield (Mark) of Lexington; her sisters, Anne Eversole of Hazard and Ruth
Combs of Lexington; her grandchildren, Matt Gute?(Angela) of Lexington,
Ashley Gute of Ashland, Kelsey Gute of Ashland and Holly and Ally Barfield
of Lexington; four great-grandchildren, Riley, Malia, Alayna and Isaiah
Gute; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Raised on a farm in Perry County, Ky., Dottie was taught the value of
family, church, community and education and she devoted herself to all of
them during her long life. She was a graduate of University of Kentucky,
where she was a member of Alpha Zi Delta sorority. She received a teaching
degree and thereafter taught school at all levels, including high school
(Wurtland High), middle school (Coles Junior High) and kindergarten (First
United Methodist Church).
In 1953, she married Pete and they had an amazing partnership for the next
53 years. They laughed, joked, held hands, danced and sang, played tennis,
raised a family, operated Gutes Men Shop and the Bottom Drawer, were
cheerleaders for downtown Ashland and were each others soul mates. But
through it all, Dottie remained true to her Perry County roots. She loved
the mountains of eastern Kentucky, never missed a family reunion at Buckhorn
State Park and visited family and friends there often. There was rarely a
family wedding, anniversary, graduation, birthday, Black Gold Days or other
get-together that she missed.
She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church, where she at one
time sang in the Chancel Choir and was later active in several circle
groups. She was also a tireless advocate for local, state and national
Democratic candidates and served as a frequent volunteer for the Boyd County
Democratic Women's Club.
Dottie will be remembered by those who knew and loved her as an energetic
teacher; a sharp dresser; a nimble dancer; a Christian with a strong faith;
a relentless advocate for Democrats, the hills of eastern Kentucky, downtown
Ashland and her children and grandchildren; a caring and compassionate
sister, aunt and friend; and Pete's loving wife and partner.
Funeral services will be at noon Monday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Lazear Funeral
Home in Ashland.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2 and after 11 a.m. Monday at
the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Community Hospice Care
Center, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, KY
Emanuel Combs was the s/o Robert Silas Combs and Elzira Brashear. Robert
was the s/o Alex Combs and Mary "Polly" Brashear.