|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1925|
|Death: ||Apr. 4, 2009|
From San Antonio Express-News Obituary:
Mary Lee Bilberry Dodson passed from this earth to heaven at 3:37p.m. Saturday the 4th of April 2009. There, she surely happily rejoined her husband of 64 years, Coleman Morgan Dodson. Her mother, Era Willie (Jack) Ferrell Bilberry and her father, Emory Ferrell preceded her in passing, as did her sisters, Mae Lawson and Margaret "Babe" Davis. Those left to remember her in love include her four daughters, Peggy Joanne Loest, Martha Gohmert Bukovec (Bill), Elizabeth Sue Loessberg and Pamela Jean Barnes (Jim). Also remembering her in love, are grandchildren, Shelby Gohmert Chapin (Rodney), Sharlene Loest, Doug Anderson Jr (Lori), Dennis Baird, and Toby Tschoepe. Mary Lee also had two very much loved great-grandchildren, Clayton Chapin and Lauren Anderson. Mary Lee was born the 7th of February 1925 in Brownfield, Texas. She had quite an exciting life in those early years of the Great State of Texas. She remembered and shared many things about her childhood, both good and not so good. She grew up to be a wonderful spirited person. She loved God and taught her children to also love him. Mary Lee naturally loved people and they just as naturally loved her back. She never met a stranger. While still quite young, she fell in love with Coleman. She was just a girl of fifteen when they married. In rapid succession they had four daughters. Mary Lee had barely turned 23 when the fourth was born. Although she didn't get time to enjoy much of her childhood, she was able to grow up with her four daughters. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother and grand-mother. Mary Lee loved to dance, play volleyball, swim and jump on a trampoline. Mary Lee was a stay at home mom until the fourth daughter started high-school. Boredom set in and she decided to work for the San Antonio School Cafeteria system. Eventually she was the Cafeteria Manager at Brackenridge High. The students and faculty loved her as much as she loved them. Mary Lee tried out many new recipes on her family. They enjoyed more than their fair share of "Cranberry Betty". Although Coleman made a fair wage as a newspaper Printer, times weren't as affluent then as they now are. Mary Lee made sure each child received a wonderful Birthday as well as Christmas gift each year. She also took care of many of the friends of the girls as they wondered in and out of their home and lives through the years. She was a special spirited woman who "fought the good fight". She'll be very much missed but remembered in fondness and in love by her family and her many friends. The family will be holding a private service for Mary Lee, as per her wishes. In lieu of flowers, if desired, please send donations in her name, to Baptist Temple, 857 E Drexel Ave., San Antonio, TX 78210.
Specifically: PRIVATE SERVICE
Created by: Marilyn Dahl
Record added: Apr 12, 2009
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