Barbara Dorman

Barbara Jean Buchholz Dorman, 75, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Plainview, Texas, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018.  She was born February 4, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Martha (Zerfey) and Robert Buchholz.  After graduating from Woodward High School in Cincinnati, where she was the editor of the student newspaper, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Vanderbilt University.  On a dare, she snuck into the anatomy lab (where nursing students were not allowed), and met medical student John Wesley Dorman.  She and John were married July 17, 1965, after Barbara was graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  They settled in Plainview, Texas, where John established his medical practice and Barbara became immersed in the community and volunteer work. Barbara served on the Plainview City Council for 12 years, and was instrumental in establishing the Hospice of the Plains and the Hale County Crisis Center.  She was a natural leader, having served as President-Elect of the Texas Municipal League and as President and Board Representative to the Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners.

Barbara loved Plainview and devoted herself to making it a better place to work and live.  Because of Barbara, Plainview has Kidsville, a community-built playground in the Running Water Draw Regional Park.  She was one of several community leaders who helped convince Wal-Mart to select Plainview over neighboring cities, for the distribution plant that now employs hundreds of people.  She also started Plainview’s Teen Court Alternative Justice System.  She was named Plainview’s Woman of the Year in 1980.  In 1992, KVII-TV in Amarillo honored her with a “7 Who Care” award.  In 1996, then-Governor George W. Bush appointed her to the Midwestern State University Board of Regents, where she directed her energy into supporting the Wilson School of Nursing. She was inducted into the Xi Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc., the honorary society for nursing, in 2002.  She was initiated into the PEO Chapter CZ in Plainview, and was later active in PEO chapters in Amarillo and Houston.  She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Plainview, where she also served as an elder.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, John; daughter Melissa Dorman Matthews and husband Randy Matthews of Plano; son John Wesley Dorman, Jr. and wife Catherine Henry Dorman of Houston; grandchildren Abbey Elizabeth Dorman and John Wesley Dorman III, of Houston, and brother Robert Buchholz and wife Nancy, of Nicholasville, KY, and their three daughters and their families.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church in Wichita Falls.  In lieu of flowers, Barbara would have been grateful for contributions to be made to support student scholarships at the Wilson School of Nursing at Midwestern State University (, click “Give to MSU”), or to the City of Plainview for the benefit of Kidsville, 901 Broadway St., Plainview, TX 79072.


  1. So sorry may God bless

    Ken Savell
  2. So loved this beautiful lady❣️ She was truly a bright star with a beautiful soul❣️Jimmy & I will miss her smiling presence, but also know she is now in heaven shining down on all of us❣️ Much sympathy & love to John & her wonderful family…may God give you comfort & peace❤️🙏

    Jimmy & Treva James
  3. We are so sorry for your loss. James & Mary Jo McKellar

    Mary Jo McKe
  4. What an amazing woman. Prayers and love to the whole family. She will be greatly missed.

    Denise Hancock
  5. Dorman family: God bless you with comfort and peace and hold you in his loving arms.

    Jan White
  6. God bless you John I know you loved Barbara with all your heart. When you spoke of her you always said my Barbara. She will be truly missed.Both of you have been a big part of our family since 1973. When you sent me an email about Barbara, I sit down and cried. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your whole family. God bless you and know you have our love and prayers. Tommy and Sue

    Tommy and Sue McDonald.
  7. Barbara always had a big smile, a warm heart and a big hug ready for everyone. She will always be fondly remembered and deeply missed.
    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Uncle Dugan, Dolores, June and Jill Dorman

    Jill Dorman
  8. John, Melissa and Wes,
    My family and I are overwhelmed with so many happy memories but still stunned by this unexpected loss. Our hearts join yours in grief but with the certain knowledge that she’s already organizing several places in Heaven that were just waiting for her arrival to get straightened out.
    Know that our love is with you through these days of sad adjustment in your lives. We all know the pain involved but also we have the assurance that the wonderful legacy of love she’s left behind will see you to a place of peace.
    Gay, Stephen, Kevin, Becky, Mendy and Keith

    Gay Thompson
  9. Dr Dorman and family I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful lady. Prayers for your family as you go through this time of sorrow

    Jeannette Ruddell
  10. John,
    Knowing you and Barbara for the last forty two years has always been delight. Her artistic taste and her fun loving spirit were always a bright spot when we would visit and design things she would like. your help and advice has always been appreciated more than you know. You and your family are in my and Wanda’s prayers.

    Jim and Wanda Morris

    Jim Morris
  11. I am very saddened to hear the loss of Barbara. She will truly be missed by many! Prayers for John and her family and my deepest condolences for all

    Vernah Ramsower-Sprous
  12. So sorry about Barbara. John, Melissa and Wes, you have my deepest sympathies!

    Jo McCollough
  13. So very sorry to hear about Barbara. We were best of friends since the second grade at College Hill Elementary school. Such wonderful memories !! My prayers and condolences to you and your family

    Carol Stothfang Essember
  14. A delightful, high energy spirit, entered our lives and those of many many others in 1958 at Woodward High School, Cincinnati Ohio. Barbara had so much energy that it is no surprise to her Woodward friends what she accomplished at Plainview and elsewhere. I know those who spent time with her at the 50th reunion were so happy to see her again. Her passing leaves an ache in our heart but we are so blessed to have known her. John, Melissa and Wes, we will truly miss her.

    Jim and Nancy Dempsey
  15. Dear Bob,
    It is obvious that Barbara was a wonderful person who made the world a better place, and that her life will be celebrated by all who knew her. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family in this time of sadness and grief.

    John Britton
  16. Dorman family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. She and John were so kind to our family when we lived in Plainview. She was the sweetest person, always had a hug and a smile for everyone. She will be truly missed. Our deepest condolences to all the Dorman family.

    Ericka and Irving Jathan
  17. Barbara and I had a lot of fun together in high school. Among other things, she was my editor when I was writing the review of the weekend football or basketball for The Bulldog Barks. We grew in College Hill together and were part of the first graduating class at Schwab Junior High School in Northside. Later, we became relatives when my Aunt and Barbie’s Dad were married following the death of their spouses. She was always lively, ethusiastic, positive and creative. It appears that she continued to use these traits throughout her life, making numerous contributions to her family and community. I was lucky to have known her

    Jim Schwab

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