REED, Dorothy Culver|
Dorothy Culver Reed of Round Rock, Texas, passed away Saturday, June 7 at the age of 95. Perhaps her greatest attribute was her positive outlook on life which she carried with her always.
Dorothy was born on May 15, 1919 to George and Jennie Culver in Sundance, Wyoming. Raised in Newcastle, Wyoming, Dorothy moved to California in 1942 to join the many young people who were working in the defense plants. Dorothy worked as a payroll clerk at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California. At one of the "big band" dance pavilions, Dorothy met her future husband, Myrel Reed, and the two were married two months later.
After living in Montana for several years, and having two daughters, Dorothy returned to Newcastle with her family. She was active in the Methodist Church, the Garden Club, and the Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Matron.
In 1956, Dorothy and her family moved to Denver where they lived until 1965 when they moved to San Francisco to be closer to Myrel's sister. While in California, Dorothy attended college where she took courses in Art and History. It was then that Dorothy became interested in genealogy and worked for 20 years uncovering the family's history.
During a cross-country vacation in 1977, while stopping briefly in Denver to have dinner with friends, Dorothy's husband passed away after having a heart attack on the dance floor.
Dorothy then moved to Sun City, Arizona, where she became very active, and also embarked on an 8000 mile road trip to the northeast.
In 1985, Dorothy's daughter, Leslie, encouraged her to move with her family to Palm Harbor, Florida. Dorothy was thrilled to be able to travel to Germany in 1992 to attend her grandson's wedding. Two years later, Leslie's husband had another transfer to Austin, Texas, where Dorothy followed and settled in Round Rock. In Round Rock, Dorothy became active in the Red Hats, the Senior Center, and she attended the Methodist Church until she was no longer able.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Myrel, and three brothers, Ray, George, and Clarence Culver. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Keith Peterson of Round Rock, her daughter Beth Flanigan of Loxahatchie, Florida, two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, in Georgetown, Texas, at 10:00 am, Thursday, June 19, 2014. She will be buried next to her husband at Greenwood Cemetary in Newcastle, Wyoming.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 17 to June 18, 2014