Dorothy Mae Spears, 84, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 11, 2008 in Abilene. Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 17th at the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 HWY 277 South with burial following in Elmwood Memorial Park. Viewing and visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM on Wednesday at Elmwood Funeral Home.
Dorothy was born on June 13, 1924 in Taylor, Texas where she was raised as a Lutheran on the family farm. She was proud of her Czechoslovakian heritage and spoke Czech fluently, only learning English after beginning elementary school. After high school she worked as an administrative assistant at Randolph A.F.B where she met and married Lt. Donald Edward Spears on January 6, 1951. Donalds 33 year Air Force career took the family all over the world with a final assignment at Dyess Air Force Base where he retired in 1979. Dorothy chose to stay home to take care of the children and the home before spending 15 years working along side her youngest son David at Federated Insurance. Dorothy loved to dance and often recalled the fun she had when she got to Polka with Lawrence Welk when he came to Abilene.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Donald Edward Spears of Abilene; her children, Donald Edward Spears II and wife Elaine of Joshua, Deborah Piercefield and husband Rick of Ft. Worth, and David Michael Spears and wife Rhonda of Abilene; six grandchildren, Cynthia Denise Rogan and husband Mark, Jennifer Christine Bryant and husband Michael, David Joseph Piercefield and wife Melinda, Amber Renee Smith, Austin Jay Piercefield and Tyler Jacob Spears; she has five great grandchildren, Dakota Keller, Brett Rogan, Autumn Bryant, Emma Bryant and Nevaeh Smith. They will all miss her.
Her parents, Joseph C. Dlouhy and Albina Safarek Dlouhy and four siblings preceded her in death.
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You were a beautiful lady of God here on Earth and He has now chosen to have you as one of His angels there in Heaven. I will miss you more than words can say or more than my heart can ever express but I know you are at peace and that you are watching over me and my family and smiling upon us. And those stories that we use to have to sit through and listen to will definitely be missed, so please whisper them to me in my dreams, okay I love you and you will be with me always.
Your loving granddaughter, Jennifer
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, Make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
Jennifer BryantBrighton, CO
Deepest sympathy for losing such a sweet lady. May God bless the family as they treasure loving memories. We are praying for you, Mark and Cindy, during this difficult time.
Larry and Jenna Williams, AL
Cindy, please accept my condolences. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Africa McDanielGarland, TX
Jennifer and Michael, we are thinking of you and your family. Your memories with your Grandma will live forever. My memories of my parents keep them alive and with me everyday. I know the sadness you are experiencing, but rejoice and treasure the life she lived and know that she is eternally with you.
The Magruder FamilyHurst, TX
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that your lives have been enriched by her love for you.
Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, We will grieve not,
rather find srength in what remains behind.
Sent with love and remembrance of Dorothy.
Matt Laurie GollLaCrosse, WA
Im sorry to hear of your moms loss, I know you will miss her. I did have the opportunity to talk with her several times through the years at Federated, she was a joy and she was very proud of you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Patti HourihanHurst, TX
Dear Dave, Rhonda, Tyler Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. Please know that we are here for you guys in any way that you might need. God bless your sweet family.
Our love and deepest condolences,
Kris, Todd, Halden, Lane Sloane Ross
Kris Todd RossAbilene, TX
Im so sorry for your loss. I pray that happy memories will bring you comfort and that God will grant you strength in this difficult time.
Sara DowningColumbus, OH
Im sorry for your loss.
May Peace and Comfort be with you in the folowing days.
A Friend of Jennifer Bryant.
Teresa Garner, AR
Jennifer and family,
My heart is sad for you because I know the hurt you feel with the physical loss of your loved one. I recently lost my father after a 62 days in ICU. The hurt is still so fresh but in times like these, we have to place our faith and trust in God to get us through these difficult times. God is our refuge and strength and I pray today that He gives you peace that passes all understanding. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank God we have the promise of Heaven and that one day, we will see our loved ones again. God bless the Spears family.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
By His wounds, we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
Karen WelbornMansfield, TX
Thinking of you all at this very sad time. With Love, Pat Keller and Nick Keller
Patricia KellerGrand Prairie, TX
Don Elaine, Our thoughts and prayers are with both of you and the Spears Family at this time.
May God give each of you comfort and peace through this time.
Carol Richard Hoefs
Carol Richard HoefsTucker, GA
Don, Debbie, David
My sympathies to you all.
I have many fond memories of your mother while living at Hickam AFB. She was energetic and full of life. And that is how I will always remember her
Russell Sharon LeigonLake Jackson, UT