Rest in peace, Dorothy Mengering.
Dorothy first rose to fame in the mid-1990s as a special correspondent for her son’s late night show, The Late Show With David Letterman.
Following her passing, Dorothy’s three children — David, Gretchen Letterman, and Janice Letterman — penned an obituary for their mother detailing her life and accomplishments.
David and his mother on The Late Show.
“After her husband, [Harry Joe Letterman], died at age 57 in 1973, Dorothy spent 10 years on her own… getting her youngest child off to college and enjoying her first two grandchildren, Bryn and Bill, who loved her homemade noodles and ‘grandma burgers’ and going out with her for ice cream cones. During that time she met the man who would be her second husband and traveling companion, Hans P. Mengering,” the obituary read.
“Perhaps the Mengerings’ most memorable travels were the result of ‘Dave’s Mom’ becoming a huge hit on television. She covered the Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, Nagano, Japan, and Utah. Her assignments included landing interviews with big-name athletes and spectators,” the article stated.
“One spectator, Hillary Clinton, commiserated about her husband and Dorothy’s son both having ‘lead feet’ that caused them to get speeding tickets.The Mengerings were guests at the White House with the Olympians,” the obituary continued.
Dorothy in April 1996.
“Dorothy’s idea of a good time was being with her family, driving in the country or enjoying a meal together. Though she was an extraordinary cook, one of her favorite things to eat was the Greek pizza at Some Guys,” her children wrote.
“As Dorothy breathed her last, a brilliant red cardinal landed on a branch outside her window, singing his song,” the obituary read.
Dorothy is survived by her three children, five grandchildren and her sister, Hazel Baughman. Our thoughts are with Dorothy’s family and friends during this difficult time.