Dorothy J. Perez, 77, of Galveston passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at her residence.
Dorothy’s family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Sunday, May 16th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will be held at 6:30 pm.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday, May 17th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father John Bok, OFM, as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.
Dorothy was born in Galveston on June 10, 1932 and graduated from Ball High School in 1949. As a young woman she wanted to be a nurse like her mom, so off to St. Mary’s School of Nursing she went. She stayed for a year and a half and decided to go to work for the Santa Fe Railroad as a comptometer operator. Once she married and started a family she became a homemaker, raising six beautiful children. She then started working at Stephen F. Austin Middle School as a teacher’s aide and retired from UTMB where she worked for the Department of Surgery and in medical records.
Once retired, Dorothy was an active member of the Oleander Society of Galveston. She was involved in all the happenings of the Oleander Society, plant sales at the Bishop’s Palace and the annual Oleander Festival at Moody Gardens. She shared her knowledge of the many oleander species with all who attended the plant sales and festivals. Dorothy also participated in the oleander floral arrangement contests and won 1st place ribbons. She was an avid doll collector, loved arts and crafts, ceramics and was very artistic. She also loved gardening, dining out, and shopping every weekend when she was able for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Dorothy was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence W. Burton, Lillian J. Foytik and stepfather Louis Foytik.
She is survived by her loving husband of almost 60 years, Frank L. Perez; and their children: Bonnie Mellen, Carol Borne, Nancy Valdez and Pete, Frank L. Perez II and Marian, Sandra Glenney and Randy, and Marianne Fullen and Mike; 13 grandchildren: Joseph R. Mellen, Jr. and Anna; William Sendejas, Jr.; Randy Mellen and Amy; Gina Perez; Pete Valdez, Jr.; Frank L. Perez, III and Rhozine; Lauren Jadidi; Mehran A. Jadidi; Michael D. Fullen, Jr.; Steven Fullen; Allison Glenney; Joshua Glenney; and Jennifer Stein and Noah; and 11 great-grandchildren. She loved all her grand- and great grandchildren very much. She is also survived by her brother, Robert W. Burton of Lexington, Texas, stepmother Willie Mae Burton of Houston, Texas, three former sons-in-law, Rickey Mellen, Mehran Jadidi, and William Sendejas, Sr; special friend “daughter” Barbara Walker; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Dorothy’s grandsons: Joseph R. Mellen, Jr., Randy Mellen, William Sendejas Jr., Pete Valdez Jr., Frank L. Perez III, Mehran A. Jadidi, Michael D. Fullen Jr., Steven Fullen and Joshua Glenney.
Dorothy’s family wishes to extend special thanks to the numerous extended family members and friends who were such a vital part of Dorothy’s life.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Animal Alliance of La Marque, or to Holy Family Parish.