BURNET Dorothy Marcille Wood was born in 1921, near Ballinger, Texas, where she was raised to value hard work and to respect the land that sustained her family. Dorothy and her husband, Alvis Marion, worked for 25 years as the foreman of the Hall Ranch in Water Valley, Texas, where they raised their two children, David Marion and Joy Louise. During that time, Dorothy was active in their local church and taught beginners Sunday school for over a decade. In 1969, the couple had saved enough to realize their dream of owning their own ranching operation and purchased their own cattle ranch in Hamilton County, where they lived for the next 20 years. Dorothy later moved, in retirement, to Wimberley, Texas, for 14 years, then finished out her life in Burnet since July 2003. In addition to working the land, Dorothy was known county-wide as the go-to rancher's wife for all seasonal employees to find a hot meal and a warm bed, her hospitality was known from West Texas to Mexico. An accomplished seamstress, she also ran the cutting department at Patty's of Texas. Dorothy passionately loved gardening, birds and wildlife and had a knack for cultivating all three wherever she lived. She was a tremendously grateful woman who was often heard saying she felt sorry for the "city folk" during the Great Depression, for as poor as her family was, they never wanted for anything as they grew all of their own food and made all of their own clothes. Dorothy was preceded in death by her three sisters; and one brother. She is survived by her daughter, Joy Shirley of Burnet, Texas; son and daughter-in-law Marion and Mark Wood of Burnet, Texas; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and "Teddy," the wild and loving Teddy Roosevelt Terrier. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Hoover's Valley Chapel and Cemetery, 7235 Park Road 4 West, Burnet, Texas. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the wonderful and caring staff of Circle of Hands and Bertram Nursing Home & Rehab. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make a donation in her honor to the Dorothy Marcille Wood Foundation, a non-profit run by her granddaughter to preserve wildlife habitat in Texas at 3713 Bellaire Drive South, Fort Worth, TX 76109; or to the Hoover's Valley Cemetery Association, 7235 Park Road 4 West, Burnet, TX 78611. Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet, Texas. Condolences may be made at clementswilcoxburnet.com.
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Published in GoSanAngelo from July 22 to July 23, 2014