Dorothy Brown

Dorothy Gillett Brown passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, after living a full and beautiful life of 95 years. She was born on June 22, 1918 to Grover and Gertrude Gillett in Whitewright, Texas. In 1931, Dorothy, her three brothers and parents moved to Lubbock County. The rural community of Shallowater embraced the Gillett family and helped them with the transition to farm life. Dorothy attended Shallowater High School, and graduated as valedictorian. She attended Texas Tech University for a year prior to marrying Cyrus H. Brown in 1938. She returned to Texas Tech in 1963 to complete her degree in education, graduating with high honors. She worked as a speech therapist in the Lubbock public schools for a number of years. In 1984 at the age of 66, she returned to her hometown of Whitewright and built a home on the outskirts of town in a beautiful setting surrounded by trees and a creek. This location brought her closer to Dallas where her son and daughter lived. Her home became a sanctuary for family and friends and served as an inspiration for many of her poems. Dorothy’s gentle spirit flourished in Whitewright, where she enjoyed bird watching, the change of seasons and all of God’s beautiful creation. Dorothy was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She was a true lady, always dignified, calm and sweet. She loved nature, life-long learning, all mankind, and creating beauty through poetry and art. Her perseverance through adversity served as an example to all who knew her. When asked the most important lesson she learned in her 95 years, she replied, “Love thy neighbor as thy self.” Dorothy is survived by her brother Grover Gillett Jr. and wife Margaret; son Dan Brown and wife Susie and daughter Beverly Heyen and husband Gary, grandchildren Dan Heyen, Amy Jones and husband Matt, Samantha Smoot, Dr. Brannan Smoot and wife Stacy; and great-grandchildren Taylor and Sophie Heyen, Mick Jones, and Erica, Deuce and Elise Smoot; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Gertrude Gillett and her brothers, Dan and Will Gillett. The family expresses appreciation to the staff at Buckner Nursing Home and Buckner Hospice for their loving care. We are particularly grateful for Rosa Velasco and Linda Galloway for their many kindnesses to Dorothy. We thank Saint John’s United Methodist Church for opening their hearts to all of us and for loving Dorothy these past two years. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at Saint John’s United Methodist Church at 2140 Allandale Road, Austin 78756. Burial will take place in Lubbock at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Whitewright Public Library, P.O. Box 984 Whitewright, TX 75491; Saint John’s United Methodist Church; or a charity of your choice. THE PRECEDING IS A PAID OBITUARY.
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