April 22, 1936 ~ July 5, 2019

Born in: Limon, Colorado
Resided in: Aurora, Colorado

Dorothy Jane Clanin Elliott, a Colorado native, age 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, July 5th, 2019 in the Cherry Creek Retirement Village community. She was born to James, M.D. and Agatha Clanin on April 22nd, 1936 in Limon, Colorado. Dorothy attended Limon Elementary and Jr. High Schools and St. Scholastica Girls Academy in Canyon City, where she sang in the choir. She went on to study X-ray technology and work at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver. There she met Daniel Aloysius Elliott, who she married on July 24th, 1956 and spent 57 happy years with, until he passed away on May 24th, 2013. Together they had four children – Gwen Wise, Sue Niblo, Michael Elliott, and Julia Dicker. Dot and Dan liked camping with their kids throughout Colorado and traveled to many places in the U.S. as well as some of Canada. One of Dot’s favorite spots was the Southwest, including towns like Taos and Santa Fe, NM, for its rich history, culture, and art. She loved spending time with her 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, gardening in her yard, and watching Bronco and Buffalo football, Rockies baseball, and triple-crown horse racing. Dot also enjoyed reading, viewing Rocky Mountain sunsets, and conversing with family and friends who remember her as being kind and supportive, always with time to patiently listen. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend. Dot’s family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at Cherry Creek Retirement Village for their attentiveness and loving care. Dot’s family and friends will remember her during a funeral mass at St. Therese Catholic Church on Friday, July 12th at 10:00am, followed by a burial at St. Simeon. “It’s not about how much you do, but about how much love you put into what you do that counts,” – Mother Teresa


Funeral Mass: July 12, 2019 10:00 am

St Therese Catholic Church
1243 Kingston Street
Aurora, CO 80010


Graveside Service: July 12, 2019 12:00 pm

Saint Simeon Cemetery
22001 CO-30
Aurora, CO 80018


Reception: July 12, 2019 1:00 pm

Niblo Residence
3321 South Ouray Way
Aurora, CO 80013

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Dorothy Jane Elliott's name.

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

442 South De Mazenod Drive
Belleville, IL 62223-1023

Memories Timeline


  1. I remember singing “Stille Nacht” for a neighbor of Aunt Dot’s. Dot and my mom prodded and prodded until I did it. Haha! We had learned it in school. I will miss you Aunt Dot. Say hi to Uncle Dan!!

  2. Dot was a wonderful lady. I was there when she married my brother, Dan. She was a beautiful bride and a beautiful person, always kind, thoughtful, generous and loving. The world has lost a special person and heaven has gained a beautiful spirit. They say when you get to heaven you are greeted by all the people who have gone before you that you were ever loving toward. I think Dot was mobbed when she arrived there. She will be sorely missed.

  3. I love you Grandma and I’ll miss you very much. I enjoyed all times we had going out to lunch and going school shopping. I’m going to miss those happy times a lot. ❤️

  4. My fondest memories are of the holidays. Having my birthday 6 days before Christmas was not easy for mom and dad to juggle. Mom always made sure I had a separate birthday party and never felt dismissed.

    I loved going to Limon, having lunch and shopping, and hearing all about yours and dads journeys after he retired.

    Too many fantastic memories to even recall them all. I love you and I will miss you very much.

  5. My grandma was simply the best. I was her only granddaughter for a while and she’d spoil the crap out of me. Then the younger granddaughters came along and she’d spoil the crap out of all of us. There are so many memories from cooking with her, to going shopping (she loved shopping) and watching her knit something new for a grandkid. My fondest memory though is living with her for 2 years while I was in school after my grandpa passed even though it was hard she showed how much she loved me, I took her to Sunday mass and she always loved getting donuts after and just talking with me. Sunday was our day. Grandma…I love you and I’ll be telling my kids about how sweet and kind your were. Rest in peace and tell grandpa hello <3

  6. Such a beautiful sweet Aunt that I remember as always smiling. The world was a better place with her in it. She will be dearly missed.

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