Dorothy Brackett earned nickname, 'Dashing Dominique,' at a young age

COLUMBIA — Dorothy "Dashing Dominique" Brackett received her nickname early in life. Everyone, including her family and her coworkers, called her that.

"Her favorite fat sister, Rosie Jane, gave her that nickname, and it just stuck," Mrs. Brackett's daughter Stepheney Brackett said. "That's what she wanted to be called."

Dorothy Brackett of Columbia died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in her home after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 59.

Brackett said Mrs. Brackett was determined not to go to a nursing home; it was important to her to stay at home as long as she could.

"She got to die at home on her own couch, so her last wish was fulfilled," Brackett said.

Mrs. Brackett was born Nov. 26, 1951, in Columbia, to Robert and Lorene Baker James.

Mrs. Brackett was a member of the housekeeping staff at Ellis Fischel Hospital for 20 years.

She took her job home with her in a way, Brackett said. "She was the cleanest person out there. She would look around at people's houses and tell them what they needed to clean."

Mrs. Brackett was also a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Columbia.

"Her kids and religion were important to her," Brackett said. "She always said she loved God first. She always said she was going to walk hand in hand with Steven."

The loss of her son, Steven Brackett, in September 2009 made Mrs. Brackett ready to go to heaven to be with him.

Mrs. Brackett is survived by her children, Gary James, Tammy Mejia and Stepheney Brackett, all of Columbia; two brothers Clyde James and George James, both of Columbia; four sisters, Carol Norling, Rosie James and Sandy Hyde, all of Columbia, and Joanie Dieters of St. Louis; and two grandsons, Adrian Schaefer and Eirck Mejia.

Mrs. Brackett's parents and her son, Steven Brackett, died earlier.

Visitation will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 E. St. Charles Road. Services will follow at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the United Pentecostal Church, 211 Benton St., Columbia, MO 65203.

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