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 Dorothy <I>Garner</I> Cordero

Dorothy Garner Cordero

Kosse, Limestone County, Texas, USA
Death 3 Jan 2007 (aged 80)
Burial Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
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Memorial ID 17304016 · View Source
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Dorothy Garner Cordero, 80, of Waco, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at OakCrest Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Toby officiating. Burial will follow in Rosemond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service.

Dorothy was born in Kosse, Texas, to the late Lillie Mae (Worthey) and Willie Dale Garner. She graduated from San Antonio Vocational and Technical High School. She met Harry Cordero Jr. in San Antonio, married in Boerne, and moved to Waco on Jan. 1, 1950, during the biggest ice storm of the century. She immediately went to work for Mrs. Baird's Bread as a bookkeeper. Shortly thereafter, she was hired and trained by Larry Robinson Studios. She was manager of the Waco studio for many years until the demise of the popular chain following the death of it's namesake founder.

Dorothy was an entrepreneur. She owned and managed rental property and Bedder Interiors in Waco, Temple and Killeen. She also found time to be active in her church, First Baptist Church of Woodway, her beloved Sunday school class, New Horizons, and was a Sunday School teacher for intermediate girls. She was both Midway ISD, and McLennan County Council PTA President. She supported her children, Suzanne, Mimi and Hartley, as leader of Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, chauffeur to piano and voice lessons, teaching us about trees, flowers, small animals and birds, and reading "The Little Red Hen" too many times to be counted. She loved the water and would put her feet in at every opportunity - no matter the weather. She loved to travel with her family and crabbing on the coast. She was always looking for "the perfect rock" - though she found it early when she came to know Jesus as her Savior in 1952. She was baptized at North Waco Baptist Church.

Her beloved husband, Harry E. Cordero, Jr. predeceased her on Feb. 11, 2002.

She is survived by daughters, Suzanne "Sam" Manske, of Waco, and Mimi Dale Larkin and husband, Nelson, of Mansfield; son, Harry Hartley Cordero (called "HH" by his mother) and wife, Lisa, of Burleson; granddaughters, Meredith Suzanne Manske Wideman and husband, Mitchell Nash, Stephanie Johns and Karissa Rose Cordero; and grandsons, Nelson Larkin and wife, Stacy, Neal Larkin and wife, Morgan, and Harrison Hartley Cordero; brother, Lewis W. Garner and wife, Nona, of San Antonio; sister, Delma Garner Jacks and husband, the Rev. Claude W. Jacks, Jr., of Beeville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Waco Tribune-Herald: 1/5/2005...D1

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  • Created by: Ruth M. Brown
  • Added: 5 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17304016
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dorothy Garner Cordero (15 Jun 1926–3 Jan 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17304016, citing Rosemound Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Ruth M. Brown (contributor 46796546) .