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|Hellstern, Dorothy (Wynne)||1950|
D.O.D 08/08/2014 - Dorothy Wynne Hellstern, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was born on September 15, 1927, in Ashville, North Carolina. Her father, Thurman Wynne, was caretaker of kennels on the Cornelius Vanderbilt estate, where Dorothy was born. Her family later moved to Mississippi, then to Memphis, Tennessee. She and her siblings all graduated from Treadwell High School in Memphis.
On Christmas Day in 1944, when her brothers, T.W. Jr. and Arthur, as well as her brother-in-law, Thomas Menietto, were all serving in the south Pacific theater of WWII, Dorothy met naval air crewman trainee Gene Hellstern, who was invited to share Christmas dinner at the Wynne home.
The relationship of Dorothy and Gene culminated in their marriage on December 25, 1946, exactly two years after their first meeting. Dorothy and Gene subsequently graduated from Phillips University in May 1950. They did one year of graduate study so they could continue working with a large high school group at First Christian Church in Ponca City. They moved to Nashville where Gene completed his B.D. degree at Vanderbilt and Dorothy began teaching. They served numerous churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Kansas before beginning teaching careers. This included starting a new church in Donelson, Tennessee. Dorothy taught a number of years in public schools before starting as one of the first teachers of the newly formed Oklahoma Christian School. She taught 16 years at OCS until her retirement. Dorothy and Gene continued to serve churches on weekends after beginning their teaching careers. During her years as a Christian school teacher, Dorothy developed a printed teacher's guide, "Steps to Bible Skills," which was taught in a number of elementary and middle schools. She spent her remaining years writing other Christian educational materials. Dorothy and Gene have lived in their home in Edmond for 47 years.
Dorothy had two sons, Paul and Mark. She died August 8, 2014.