|Birth: ||Oct. 12, 1922|
|Death: ||Oct. 12, 2006|
Dorothy Lee "Fritzi" Abbott, 84, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2006. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at St. Luke's Epsicopal Church, 11 St. Luke's Lane, San Antonio, Texas. Burial will be in Waco Memorial Park, Waco.
Dorothy was born in Waco, Texas, to the late Edward Lee "Fritz" and Nannye Ben (Smith) Wallis. They provided a loving Christian home where she and her older sister, Nancy, grew up. After graduating from Waco High School in 1939, Fritzi attended finishing school in Washington, D.C. From there her studies took her to New York, Colorado, and eventually back to Waco where she received her degree from Baylor University. She met her best friend and love, George W. Abbott, on a train. They married on Jan. 5, 1950, in San Antonio. During George's military career, they lived in Germany, Taiwan, California, and Nebraska and traveled often. In many of those years, Fritzi taught school, second grade being her favorite, and also was a librarian. After retiring from his military career, George and Fritzi moved to San Antonio.
In San Antonio, Fritzi continued in her belief in service, education and giving. She served as a Docent for the Institute of Texan Cultures and for the Witte Museum, both of which had a special place in her heart. She was active in both Christ Episcopal Church and St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Although she never taught after returning to San Antonio, she remained interested in educating young people and aided many students in achieving their goals. She believed this was one of her purposes.
On May 15, 1988, her husband, George, died after battling cancer, but she did not allow this to deter her in any way. She remained active with her service work and in the management of her family's South Texas ranching interest. She continued to receive friends and family when they needed a little encouragement, both of whom relied on her for inspiration.
She is survived by nephew, John B. McNamara, III, of Waco; niece, Nancy M. Groover, of Longview; great-nephew, Carter Hicks, of Waco; and cousins, Corinda Moeller, Anne Carson, Mike Moeller, Dan Smith, Kevin Smith, Cindy Brower, Carol Callahan Matter, S. X. Callahan III, Kay Nettleship, Leah Oehrlein and Clay Nettleship.
Waco Tribune-Herald: 10/14/2006
Edward Lee Wallis (1888 - 1932)
Nannye B Smith Wallis (1889 - 1970)
Nancy Jane Wallis McNamara (1918 - 2005)*
Dorothy Lee Wallis Abbott (1922 - 2006)
Waco Memorial Park
Created by: Ruth M. Brown
Record added: Oct 14, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16170677