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Ann Dorsey


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Ann Dorsey Obituary
Ann Wallis Dorsey, age 92, passed away peacefully at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas on the evening of April 29, 2014, after a short illness. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff who lovingly cared for her in the Methodist Coronary Care Unit during her final weeks and to LaDonna Gibbs, Melissa Gibbs, Katherine Wilson, Carrie Tyler, and Jenny Farmer who faithfully cared for her in her home during the last years.
Ann was born on January 20, 1922 in Normal, Illinois, to Dr. Marshall Wallis and Marian Smith Wallis and spent her first years in Bloomington, Illinois, before her father moved the family to Houston, Texas, to become one of the first pediatricians in the city. The family built a home on Sunset Boulevard near Fleming Park, where as a girl, Ann learned to play tennis, a hobby she loved and practiced throughout her lifetime, including playing with regular partners for over 25 years.
Ann attended the former Monticello College in Godfrey, Illinois, where she won first place in the novice singles for college students at the Maryville Horse Show in St. Louis in May 1939, an honor she treasured. She later attended Newcomb College of Tulane University where she joined Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and graduated from Rice University with a BA in French in 1943.
Before she met and married Dr. Fred Dorsey from Cushing, Texas, and began her family, she worked as a bilingual secretary for Pan American Airlines. Ann and Fred traveled extensively, taking their children with them, and teaching them about art and culture. She was indefatigable in everything she did and her family benefited from her enthusiasm and curiosity about all aspects of life.
Ann also was an avid and serious bridge player and she loved her gardens and the birds and squirrels that lived in them. She was a member of PEO, a philanthropic organization where women celebrate women. She was very clever and won countless prizes in contests where she was selected as the winner based on the "25 words or less" she composed that captured the sponsor's theme. She raised two children and a series of beloved dogs. A friend notably said she would like to come back in her next life as one of Ann's dogs because they were so loved and spoiled.
Ann is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Margaret Wallis, and her husband of 35 years, Dr. Frederick G. Dorsey. She is survived by her two children and their families: John and Dee Dorsey of Ann Arbor, MI; Susan and Gordon White of Houston, TX, as well as six grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A brief graveside service will be held at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery at ten o'clock in the morning on May 5, 2014. Also, a tribute will be held during the summer at a Smith family reunion near the family's farms in Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the P.E.O. International projects at https://donations.peointernational.org/.
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 4, 2014
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