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Dorothy Lee Emma Schroeder Witherspoon

Dorothy Lee Emma Schroeder Witherspoon, formerly of Bristol, Texas, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 at Buffalo Creek Assisted Living Center in Waxahachie, Texas at the age of 88.  Dorothy was born October 1, 1928 in burlington, Texas to August and Emilia Schroeder.  She Graduated from Waco High School in 1947.  Dorothy met the love of her life, James Lyndon Witherspoon, while workingat Scottish Rite Hospital for Children making $75 per month.  A coworker who had dated his brother, Billy, introduced them, saying James was the “nicer one” of the two.  They dated for six weeks until they married on September 3, 1948 in Dallas, Texas.  They initially lived in Ferris, a brief time in Dallas, several years in India (Texas) and finally made it back to the Witherspoon hometown of Bristol, Texas.  Dorothy was employed as a nursing assistant at Scottish Rite Hospital until their first child was born.  She then became a “stay at home mom” for the next twenty years while raising their four children, Keith, Diane, Patricia and Craig.  She eventually went back to work for Ferris ISD as the “cafeteria Lady” in the early 70s when their daughter Patricia expressed a desire to go to college because she knew that wouldn’t be possible unless there was more income available.  Dorothy also worked and retired from Atlas Soundolier in Ennis.  She returned to Ferris ISD on a part-time basis for a short period of time.  Dorothy was an active member of the Bristol Church of Christ and a longtime member of the Caring Hands of Bristol.  She spent her summers at the Bristol community center, alongside many of her friends, making quilts to be auctioned at the annual Thanksgiving fundraiser.   She enjoyed working with others during Vacation Bible School, and she loved being around family.  So much so, that she and James opened their home every year on Christmas Eve to the ever-growing Witherspoon family, which everyone looked forward to and still talks about to this day.  Dorothy’s other pastimes included gardening, canning foods, reading novels, studying her Bible and embroidery.  She was such a talented seamstress that she took on the challenge of making both Diane and Patricia’s prom dresses and eventually their wedding dresses.  Dorothy is survived by her daughter Diane and her husband Kenneth Gorman of Bardwell; son Keith Witherspoon of Bristol; son Craig and his wife Linda Witherspoon of Longview; son-in-law David Carpenter of Waxahachie, grandchildren Penny Boston, Jamie and Andy Olson, Ben Carpenter, Clifford and Christy Carpenter, Jeremy and Rikki Witherspoon, Amy and Jon Bieker, Samantha and Jeff Neal, Monica Witherspoon and Eric Edge great-grandchildren Addy and Rylee Boston, Kenna and Ryatt Olson, Marshall and Rayanna Witherspoon, Shelby Bieker, Zoe and Katherine Carpenter and and Wyatt and Ainsley Neal.  Other survivors include her sister and brother-in-law Sharon and Ed Dempsey, sister Carol Isom and sister Joyce Farris; brother-in-law Harold Witherspoon, sister-in-law Mary Silberstein Pollam; and a host of nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband James, her daughter Patricia Carpenter who she faithfully cared for during her long battle with leukemia and most recently, her grandson-in-law, Kelly Boston.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 6-8 pm at J.E. Keever Mortuary in Ennis.   A celebration of her life will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00 am at J.E. Keever Chapel with nephews Vernon and Gary Witherspoon officiating.  Pallbearers will be her grandchildren Cliff, Ben, Penny, Jamie, Jeremy, Amy, Samantha, Monica and Eric.  Interment will follow at the Bristol Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kelly Boston “Give and Grow” Scholarship Foundation.  Donations may be left at Keever’s or sent to Diane Gorman at 340 Cane Road, Ennis, Texas 75119.


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