Dorothy Helen Motley, 97, long-time Garland resident, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Visitation will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, September 24, at Williams Funeral Home in Garland, Texas. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, September 25, in the Z. Motley Cemetery on the campus of Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, with Rev Bob Couch officiating.
The youngest of three children, Dorothy was born to the late Irby Carl Range and Wilda Helen Carr Range in Garland, Texas and grew up on the family farm in what is now considered Garland Heights Addition. Raised in the First Baptist Church of Garland, she was baptized May 10, 1931. At the time of her death, her membership was the longest on record. After graduating from Garland High School, she attended Draughon’s Business School and then worked as a bookkeeper for W.A. Green’s Department Store in downtown Dallas. She also worked for Southern Aircraft and Byer-Rolnick Hat Factory in Garland.
On July 26, 1942, she married her high school sweetheart, Joe Bailey Motley, while he was home on short leave from the Coast Guard during World War II. They were married almost 68 years. Always young at heart, she had a love for life. Although a wonderful cook, in later years she much preferred eating out.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; a daughter, Marilyn; and two brothers.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Molly Grant and husband, Mark; grandchildren, Ethan and Alexi Jo Grant, all of Garland, Texas; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. C20
Joe Bailey Motley
1919–2010 (m. 1942)
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