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August 19, 1925 - May 12, 2017
Loving and devoted wife, cherished by all those who knew her, Dorothy Marie Wyatt Dinwiddie, Dottie or Dot to all who knew her, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, May 12, 2017. Dottie was born in Marshall, Texas, on August 19, 1925 to Aubrey Blocker Wyatt and Nettie Etheredge Wyatt. She was a graduate of Marshall High School and East Texas Baptist College. She had a very active and pleasant life in Marshall growing up. While at a soda fountain in Marshall, she turned around and her eyes met Ballard Alvin Dinwiddie, III and it was love at first sight. This happened during World War II and Ballard was a pilot in the US Army about to be sent to California. He invited her to go with him. She arranged their marriage so that she could do just that. Because of the war, Ballard and his brother, Tom, both married on that day, February 22, 1945. Dottie and Ballard settled in Wichita, Kansas and lived there until Ballard retired from the Boeing Company. They spent their retirement back in Marshall, Texas where they grew up. Dottie loved to play bridge and enjoyed playing in several bridge clubs there in Wichita; she was a very good player. She also enjoyed entertaining her friends. She became a life member of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Chapter EM in Wichita, Kansas. In Marshall, Dottie became a member of Belle Maison Club, from 1989-2015 and did volunteer work at the Michelson Museum for many years and enjoyed serving in that field. She was a member of Cypress Valley Bible Church and became very active and grew in her love for Jesus and was faithful in her service. She and Ballard celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary there at the church enjoying their new family in Christ. Dottie enjoyed inviting people to come and visit her church to hear the gospel shared by her dear friend and pastor, Bob Bryant. They were members of the Prime Timers class lead by Martin and Stella Clark. Through their fellowship in and out of class they became devoted friends. The love between the two couples grew and as the Dinwiddie's aged, and since they had no children of their own, Martin and Stella became their caregivers. They shared many fun and happy meals and times together. They enjoyed the Clark grand babies and loved them dearly. Dottie was preceded in death by her parents, Aubrey and Nettie Wyatt; her husband, Ballard A. Dinwiddie, III; brothers, Jack L. Wyatt and Billy Gene Wyatt; and her two faithful dogs, Cindy. Dottie is survived by her cousins, Mossie Jean Livingston and her family and Ken and Susan Livingston and family; loving and devoted friend, Stella Marsh Clark; her faithful Maltese, Sadie. In lieu of flowers Dottie wished any memorials be made to Cypress Valley Bible Church.
Meadowbrook Funeral Home - Marshall
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