Dorothy Mae Gerling

July 26, 1924 –

Oct. 15, 2013


Our precious mother, Dorothy Gerling, went to heaven on Oct. 15, 2013. She was born in Ft. Worth, Texas to Walter and Edna Anderson on July 26, 1924. She was predeceased by her parents and four older brothers: Richard, Donald, Lawrence and Bob. She was a graduate of Paschal High School and attended TCU.

In 1945, she met Lt. John (Jack) Gerling, an Army Air Corps pilot, at a dance. Six months later, they were married. They were together for 59 years until his passing in 2004. Mom and Dad shared a great love of music (she played the piano with the loveliest touch). Together they wrote some beautiful melodies. They also loved to entertain family and friends. Their home, Shiloh Acres, was the setting for twice yearly church “hootenannies” which were such fun!

Dorothy was an accomplished seamstress, homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She also enjoyed making stained glass creations. She designed and made the stained glass over the baptistry at the church. Her poetry and stories for the grandchildren were a special treasure. Truly, she was a Proverbs 31 woman. Her later years were marred by dementia, but we rejoice in knowing she is now with her precious Jack, her parents and Jesus.

She leaves behind her four children, Carol Wood and husband, Peter, Merri Thundercloud, Dr. John Gerling and wife, Becky and Jim Gerling and wife, Dorothy; 10 grandchildren, James Wood and fiancée, Ana Armstrong, Philip and Anne Jones, Olivia and Charles Wood, Maj Dale and Deborah (DDS) Butler, Duane and Jennifer Conder, Lt. Col Mike and Christine Meyer, Megan Gerling, Jonathan Gerling, Joshua Gerling and Jordan Gerling; and 11 great-grandchildren, Jude Wood, Brandon, Tiernan, and Katelyn Butler, Austin and Jadyn Conder and Tovah, Naomi and Jonah Meyer; with two more on the way. Also, Susan McDonald, her devoted caregiver for more than a year, who treated her with great love and kindness. Dorothy will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at the Ovilla Road Baptist Church in Ovilla. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ovilla Road Baptist Youth Missions.

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