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Florence Cecilia "Dolly" Vine Gordon

Died: March 8, 2018

Florence Cecilia “Dolly” Vine Gordon, native of Mobile, AL and a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, died peacefully with her family at her side on March 8, 2018. She was 96. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst, 825 Government St, Monday evening from 5-7 and Tuesday morning at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church from …read more

Florence Cecilia “Dolly” Vine Gordon, native of Mobile, AL and a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, died peacefully with her family at her side on March 8, 2018. She was 96. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst, 825 Government St, Monday evening from 5-7 and Tuesday morning at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church from 10-11 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11. Internment will follow at Roselawn. Dolly was born on September 16, 1921. She graduated from the Academy of the Visitation in Mobile, AL in 1939 and began her career in Mobile as a switchboard operator at Turner Supply Company. She was later employed as an administrative assistant to the president of Waterman Steamship Corporation. Dolly enjoyed traveling, especially to care for her friends and their children. In 1957 she moved to her brother’s home in New Orleans to care for the family, Albert M. “Buddy” Vine, Jr., sister-in-law, Betty, and her two nieces, Mary Ann and Jenny. In 1961 she met the love of her life, Douglas, after mutual friends arranged for them to meet on a blind date.  They were married for 35 years, until his death in 1997. Dolly loved life, enjoyed making friends and cultivated a wide range of interests and hobbies, including gardening, watching birds, cooking, entertaining and dancing. She enjoyed traveling to visit friends and family throughout the country. She was an expert seamstress. As some in her family said, “If it can be done with a needle and thread, Dolly can do it!” Some of her most joyful days were spent with family and friends at the family’s camp on False River. Dolly’s real passion was offering simple acts of kindness including hand delivering her famous custard to family and friends in time of need.  She could often be found at Calandro’s market, purchasing the ingredients, visiting with the employees and making new friends.  Dolly also enjoyed driving family and friends on errands or appointments, including carpool, doctors and beauty parlor. She was affectionately known as the “mayor of the neighborhood” around her home on Woodside Drive.  She always kept watch on all activities there. A devoted parishioner at Sacred Heart, Dolly’s concern and care for others was an expression of her deep, steadfast faith in God. Dolly was the ultimate proper Southern lady, always putting others before herself, never leaving home without “putting her face on” and greeting everyone she met with courtesy and graciousness. She was a member of the Junior League of Mobile and Baton Rouge, Women’s Auxiliary of the Baton Rouge Medical Corps, the carnival organization Twelfth Night and a founding member of Knock Knock Children’s Museum. Dolly is survived by her children, Pam Lauman (Paul), Stephen Gordon (Sheila), and Stewart Gordon (Cricket); ten grandchildren, Vanessa Bisaha (Trevor), Jeremy Gordon (Katie), Kyle Lauman, Colin Lauman, Emma Gordon, Olivia Gordon, Webster Gordon, Philip Gordon, Benjamin Gordon and Luke Gordon; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  Dolly was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas L. Gordon, M.D. and her son Douglas L. Gordon, Jr., parents Albert Mountstephen Vine, Sr. and Agnes Louise McVoy Vine and brother Albert M. “Buddy” Vine, Jr. The family wishes to thank the compassionate caregivers from Moore Care, Virginia Austin, Hospice of Baton Rouge and Eucharistic ministers Archie Kranske and Millie Williams.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge, Sacred Heart Church, Catholic High School, Knock Knock Children’s Museum or the charity of your choice.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, March 12, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Rabenhorst Funeral Home

Address:

825 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

Address:

2250 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Time: 11:00 am -

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

Address:

2250 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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