Dorothy Zahrt
1941 - 2020
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Farmington, NM

June 1, 1941 - August 25, 2020

Dorothy Zahrt, 79, of Farmington, NM passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Durango, CO. She was born on June 1, 1941 in Pontiac, MI to Donald and Marion Cavin. Dorothy and her husband, Walt raised their four children in Ignacio, CO., where she worked at the bank. After graduating from Ft. Lewis College at age 50, she taught elementary school in Durango and Farmington. She actively participated in the various churches she attended, most notably St. Ignatius Parish in Ignacio and St. Johns in Farmington. After surviving cancer, she donated her time and caring as a cancer navigator at San Juan Regional Medical Center. Following her retirement, she continued teaching GED at San Juan College. She was a prolific writer and a mentor of several writing groups. She was a strong role model for her children as an independent, educated woman who constantly sought to grow in her faith through contemplative prayer.

Dorothy is preceded in death by husband, Walt Zahrt.

Dorothy is survived by a son, Joe (Addie) Zahrt; daughters, Anne Zahrt, Susan (Dan) Thomas, Betsy (Graeme) Geib; 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy's care is entrusted to Alternative Choice Funeral and Cremation, 505-325-9611. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at

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Published in The Durango Herald on Aug. 28, 2020.
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August 31, 2020
Dot was a PEO sister and a fellow writer. She was always kind and lovely. She'll be missed. Roberta Summers
Roberta Summers
August 29, 2020
Dot was a truly lovely person--in all ways. I first met her in a Bisti Writing Project summer institute, and then stayed in touch with her through several writing groups. She wrote wonderful stories, and I hope her family will find a way to save them. Dot had a sparkle of intelligence, compassion, and humor. I feel lucky to have known her. I will miss her.
Vicki Holmsten
August 29, 2020
Enjoyed volunteering with Dot at the Cancer Center. She was a kind and compassionate person. RIP Dot.
Gayle Phillips
August 29, 2020
So sorry to hear about the passing of my writer buddy and friend Dot Zahrt. The stories and novel-in-progress Dot shared in SJC Writers’ Workshop were wonderful, lyrical, they blew me away. My spouse and I were proud to house Henry/Henrietta for Dot - an ornery Guinea Fowl that featured in one of her books. Dot was also kind, funny, and had a twinkle in her eye. Will miss you Dot, and our hearts go out to your marvelous family.
Rebecca and Normand Larivee
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