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Dorothy Dell Dake Anderson

September 28, 1925 - September 8, 2017

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Dorothy Dell Dake Anderson, age 91, passed away September 8, 2017 in Dallas, Texas from heart failure. Dorothy was born September 28, 1925 in Quanah, Texas to B.P. Dake and Frances White Dake. She moved to Gladewater, Texas when she was 6 years old and attended Gladewater Public Schools. One of the highlights of her childhood was when her Father took her to the Texas State Centennial at the State Fair of Texas in 1936. Dorothy was a 1943 graduate of Gladewater High School where she played the French Horn in the marching band. After...

Dorothy Dell Dake Anderson, age 91, passed away September 8, 2017 in Dallas, Texas from heart failure. Dorothy was born September 28, 1925 in Quanah, Texas to B.P. Dake and Frances White Dake. She moved to Gladewater, Texas when she was 6 years old and attended Gladewater Public Schools. One of the highlights of her childhood was when her Father took her to the Texas State Centennial at the State Fair of Texas in 1936. Dorothy was a 1943 graduate of Gladewater High School where she played the French Horn in the marching band. After graduation she attended North Texas Agricultural College, now The University of Texas at Arlington. Dorothy later went to work at Camp Fannin near Tyler, Texas. There she met and married her husband of 64 years, Lt. Thomas L. Anderson. She was in the first group of Army wives to join their husbands who were involved in the U.S. Occupation of Northern Italy. Their first child, Tom Jr., was born while they were stationed there. Dorothy loved to tell her friends stories about her life as a young woman living in Italy and touring many places throughout Europe. She moved to Dallas after Tom's discharge from the Army so he could attend SMU. Dorothy was later involved in her children's lives as a Cub Scout Den Mother and President of the David G. Burnet Elementary School PTA, where she was awarded an Honorary Life PTA Membership of the State of Texas. She was a member of The Craig Class, Canterbury Book Club, Caprice Book Club, CPA Wives, the Tuesday Bridge Club, Northwood Country Club and The University Park United Methodist Church. Dorothy will always be remembered for her extreme generosity and loving kindness. She and Tom were instrumental in helping her hometown build the Gladewater Former Students Building and the Gladewater Roundup Rodeo Arena. Dorothy and a group of high school friends know as the "Gladewater Girls" frequently met to reminisce about their many fun and happy times. Above all, her faith, family and friends were most important in her life.

Dorothy is survived by son, Charles Anderson and friend, Claudia Pulley of Dallas; Daughter-in-law, Cheryl Anderson of Colleyville; grandson, Trey Anderson and wife Nicole of Argyle; great-grand Children, Paul, Emily and Ryan Anderson of Argyle; dear friends Veda Gipson of Dallas, Dimi Spilitos of Carrollton.

She was preceded in death by husband, Thomas L. Anderson; son, Thomas L. Anderson, Jr.; grandson, John Gage Anderson; father, B.P. Dake; mother, Frances Dake; and step-mother, Pat Dake.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Sparkman Hillcrest, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225. Entombment will immediately follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas. A reception will follow at 3:30 PM at the Northwood Club, 6524 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240.

The family wishes to thank caregivers, Mabel Bio and Chioma Ochulor for all their help and support. Pallbearers are Brian Williamson, Tom Pulley, John Healey, John Wollems, John Eubanks and George Spilitos. Honorary Pallbearers are Brian Dooley, General Darrell Powell, Charles Modisette, Bob Miller and Jackie Woods.

The family requests any donations be made to the University Park United Methodist Church or the Retina Foundation of the Southwest.