Dorothy Rose Heintz Lindgren Stinson

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Our treasured daughter, big sister and dear aunt passed away peacefully on Monday, August 15, 2011 in Conroe, Texas, surrounded by her beloved siblings, nieces and nephews. Dorothy Rose Heintz Lindgren Stinson was born June 29, 1941 in Navasota, Texas. The oldest of seven children, she was born on her parent's, John and Dolly Heintz, first wedding anniversary. She graced our lives with her wanderlust, unique flair, tender care and unconditional love for 70 short years.

Dorothy attended Sam Houston Elementary, Willam B. Travis Junior High and graduated in 1959 from David Crockett High School in Conroe. Born a nurse, she graduated from Sacred Heart Dominican College (B.S., Nursing) in Houston in 1963 and spent her first year as a missionary in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her nursing career began at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston and continued at Methodist Hospital for more than 25 years where she was eventually Director of ICU/CCU Nursing and worked closely with Dr. Michael DeBakey. In 1978 she traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as part of the international team that opened the cardiac care unit at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital. After the death of her husband, Joe Blum Stinson, Jr., she left nursing to follow in her grandparent's and parent's footsteps as an antique dealer with the same gusto with which she approached everything in life. Her shop, Mrs. Winslow's Granddaughter, became a part of the Montgomery, TX antique shopping destination that her grandmother, Dora Winslow, pioneered in the 1930s. She later returned to nursing, finishing her career in Austin as a home healthcare nurse. Her last ministry was providing loving care for her mother, Dolly, in Conroe before retiring to Hewitt, Texas in June 2010.

Aunt Dot was larger than life. Her fervor for adventure continues to inspire generations who loved her to enjoy every day to its fullest. She had a special way of turning the most ordinary tasks into unforgettable experiences. Being with her on a simple errand often became a journey full of unexpected fun. She traveled the world but was never happier than planning her next Texas road trip.

She is preceded in death by her father, John Patrick Heintz, Sr.; husband, Donald Lindgren of Houston, Texas; second husband, Joe Blum Stinson, Jr. of Dobbin, Texas; maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Dora Winslow of Montgomery, Texas; and paternal grandparents, Edward and Rose Heintz of Dobbin, Texas. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. J.P. "Dolly" Heintz, and siblings Carolyn Heintz, Sarah Holland and husband Jerry, Pat Heintz and wife Nancy, Betty Gibson and husband Seth, Sheila Dodson and husband Mike, and Stephanie Hill and husband Jim. She had a special relationship with her nieces and nephews who gathered around her in her last days to care for her with the same loving spirit she taught them. They include Stacey Creighton and husband Brian and children Bryce, Bailey and Brock; Amy Smith and husband Jerome and children Sarah Kate, Ty and Clayton; Adam Gibson; Martin Gibson and wife Maggie; John Heintz; Jeramy Heintz and wife Lindsey; Ryan Cabiya; Reanna Carter and husband Mike; Chad Dodson; and Madeline and Emma Hill. Dorothy is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and step-children Jim Stinson and wife Karen and son, Travis; Claire Ahl and husband Dennis; and Chris Lindgren. She had several god-children with whom she had very close relationships. Her two life-long, dear friends, Kitty Maxwell and Elizabeth Tywater, who she met in nursing school, helped care for her in her final days.

A Rite of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Metcalf Funeral Home, 1801 East White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas 77304 with Father Tommy Hopper officiating. A reception will immediately follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Auditorium, 109 N. Frazier, Conroe, TX 77301.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the newly reopened University of St. Thomas School of Nursing in Houston, Texas, the legacy school of Dorothy's alma mater, Sacred Heart Dominican College School of Nursing, at www.stthom.edu/give_online or Office of Development, 3800 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006. Please indicate Nursing Faculty in memory of Dorothy Rose Stinson.

Please share comments and stories of Dorothy at www.metcalffuneraldirectors.com.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Oct. 4 to Oct. 17, 2011