Dorothy Deffebach White, age 99, went to be with The Lord on March 5, 2013 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. She was born in Fort Worth, Texas to Arthur and Flora Deffebach who preceded her in death. Her sisters and brother, Amelia Hurley, Hazel Lawrence and John Deffebach also preceded her in death. Her husband of over 60 years, James W. White, died in 1997. Dorothy attended Paschal High School in Fort Worth where she graduated 3rd in her class. She attended TCU and graduated from Southwestern University in 1936 where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. She met and married James White at Southwestern and moved to Beaumont, Texas shortly thereafter to raise a family. She and her husband attended First United Methodist church until the mid 50's when they became part of a group to build Trinity United Methodist in the growing west end of Beaumont. She and her family became charter members of Trinity United Methodist Church where her membership remained until death. Dorothy also worked as a reference librarian at the Tyrell Public Library in the 50's and 60's. After her husband's death Dorothy moved to Calder Woods Retirement Home and spent 13 lovely years divided between independent living, assisted living and finally nursing. The family is very grateful to the Calder Woods's management and staff who enabled Dorothy to have the love and care for so many years. Dorothy leaves behind a daughter Bettie Nixon and a son Bill White as well as grandchildren David D. Reynard, Jr. and his wife Ellen, Robyn Kocot and her husband Robert, Adrienne Tilton and her husband Steve and Jim White. Surviving Dorothy are 8 great grandchildren: Madisen Reynard, Ashley Reynard, Allie Kocot, Joseph Kocot, Noah Tilton, Sophie Tilton, Alex Tilton and Dorothy Tilton as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 10, 2013 with burial to follow at Forest lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Harbor Hospice who so lovingly cared for Dorothy in her last days. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Business Office, PO Box 5247 Beaumont, TX 77726 or any
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 8, 2013