Patricia Ann Gulley Dory entered into eternal life January 14, 2016. Patricia (Pat) Dory beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, was born November 20, 1932 to Guy and Betty Gulley at William Bee Ririe Hospital in Ely, Nevada. She was the seventh of eight children; Virginia, Bill, Wallace, Madeline, Margaret, Betty, Pat, and Jim. Her childhood was spent in Ely on her family ranch in Northeastern Nevada. Patricia attended St. Mary’s of the Wasatch and then graduated from White Pine County High School in 1951.
The following year she met and married Lannis (Bud) Dory. They were each others love and best friend, and celebrated sixty-five years together. Pat and Bud led an adventurous life. Both were pilots and loved flying their airplane and traveling the country. Pat and Bud raised three children; Bud Jr, Patrick Michael, and Janelle.
From 1962 to 1979 they lived in Fallon, Nevada and Pat worked at the local hospital, drove school bus, and sold real estate. A decision was made to return to Ely, as Pat had an opportunity to follow in her father Guy’s footsteps and become a real estate broker. She loved her new career and became well known for her friendliness, sincerity, and strong business ethics.
Pat was an Ely native and it was her home. She was elected County Commissioner and served as an activist in public affairs, strengthening, protecting, and helping to make policies that made White Pine County a better place to live, work, and enjoy. She was an important component of the Bristlecone Film Committee which brought the making of several films to Ely, and worked on a committee instrumental in designating Great Basin as a National Park. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Benevolent Patriarchal Order of Does.
Pat’s real legacy lies in the hearts and lives of the people who knew and cherished her. She was admired and loved and will be remembered for her kindness and beautiful spirit.
For years she was by her devoted husband Bud. They cut firewood together, enjoyed their birds and flowers, family, and home. On the evening of January 14, 2016 Pat was sitting with Bud, sharing his company. Pat leaned over and kissed him. A moment later she left to be with her children, Janelle and Bud, (both deceased in 1992) and other loved ones.
Pat is survived by her loving husband Bud, son Mike, seven grandchildren, one great grandson, two great granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass and Special Celebration of Patricia Ann Dory’s life is being planned for the near future. The family would like to thank everyone for their kindness, love, and condolences.