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 Alma Ruth <I>Lively</I> Dodd

Alma Ruth Lively Dodd

Davilla, Milam County, Texas, USA
Death 30 Jun 1991 (aged 81)
Irving, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 48
Memorial ID 10042141 · View Source
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Friends - please visit Hans Grandmother Albina Hopfinger Schmid an inspiration to her family. As was my Mamaw Dodd.

Lusperida in Sweden Please visit my Swedish Friend soon!

Special 2 MeGarden - thank you swee Darlene for placing my Mamw in your garden...

MY PRECIOUS MAMAW... I learned independence and a love for a beautiful yard full of flowers from my Daddy's Mother...

Mamaw rocks two precious angels in Heaven, her first Grandson Baby Boy of Daughter Opal Welch. And her darling Great-Grandson, Baby John, her beloved little lamb.

My Daddy's Mother:

Alma Ruth Lively was born in Crush, TX (according to entry in Son's babybook - James A. Dodd, Sr.) Daughter of Tollison Lively and Kathryn (Kate) Elizabeth Sprott-Lively of Bartlett, TX.

Ruth was a seamstress most of her adult life working in clothing and millenery in Dallas, TX. She retired from Bernstein Millenery at age 63. Ruth married Louie Thomas Dodd of Sharp, TX - 10/02/1927. They had three children - Opal Christene Dodd-Welch, Mary Montez Dodd (Vasek) and James Alton Dodd,Sr. They divorced in 1958.

Mamaw as she was fondly called by her grandchildren lived on North Morrocco Street in Oak Cliff for many years. She moved to Desoto, and then finally to Red Oak, TX in mid 1980's. Mamaw Dodd always had an immaculate lawn - her flowers were beautiful and everything was just "so-so", this was one of her sayings.

I remember when I was very small, Mamaw had a little Chihuahua Mexcian Hairless dog named Cheetah who she brought back from Aunt Mert Johnston's in Chicota, OK. Us grand-kids made Cheetah a nervous wreck! The precious little girl did not weigh four pounds! Her little body shivered constantly - and if a cat spotted her = they would think they spied a rat!

Mamaw kept a little pile of rocks on her porch and threw rocks at cats that would dig in her flower beds. She worked hard to keep them beautiful. I remember the year that she had Bluebonnets come up voluntarily in her flowerbed - she was so proud of them! Nobody made Chocolate Pies better than Mamaw Dodd! She would have the family over for Sunday dinners, serving dinner from her O'keefe & Meritt stove, cooked in Guardian Service Cookware and Jewel-T dishes. All circa 1930's-1940's. Being prudent was her specialty as she stated "all she had was what the littleboy shot at..."; but she never forgot the hardships of the depression era and used everything to the fullest. Never wasteful - sometimes us young grandkids could not understand -- as a middle-aged divorced woman at one point in my life, I saw that value and lived as she showed me in all things she did.

I am grateful for the lessons I learned - not knowing that she was showing me life lessons that would carry me through a lifetime. The perception of a child - we want what we want -- the lessons of my Mamaw - you have what you need, and that is enough. All of her grandchildren are stronger because of her example. A strong woman who stood behind the door, she raised my Daddy, James A. Dodd, Sr. and my Aunt Montez for the most part - all alone. In the 50's when wages were dirtcheap-she made no money - but bought a house on Beachump Dr. in South Oak Cliff (Dallas) and weathered the storms as a single-divorced mother and a respected woman.

Beloved Ruth Clark, an African-American lady was a 2nd Mama to Montez and James'. She worked at a Sheperd's Cleaners in South Dallas and cared for the Dodd Family for her rent while Mother and Father worked when they lived on Hickory Street when the children were very small in mid 1940's and very early 1950's. Hickory Street was just outside of Downtown Dallas - near Mother's job and Fathers - "Dodd's Garage" 3206 Commerce, Dallas TX 1950's.

One time my Daddy (about 5 or so as he recalled) climbed a tree in his new cowboy boots and he had been told not to climb the tree...he fell from the limb and the boot caught in the fork of the tree - leaving him dangling and hollering for Mama! Mama responded with a switch -- and the lesson was learned at 5 yrs old.

Mamaw had a yardstick and us grandkids knew to behave and be proper. We respected her and did not give her any grief. Such values seem to have left this world. We are fortunate to have had Alma Ruth Lively-Dodd as our Grandmother.

Kindly respect my Memorials:

~No Halloween Tokens
~No Silly Tokens please,

Thank you for your respect.

My Grandmother was Church of Christ by faith.
God Bless All.


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May God grant you eternal rest Der Mother

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