Smith Funeral Home


Dorothy J Votaw

11 juin 192820 juillet 2020
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Dorothy Jean (White) Votaw was born in Delhi, Texas on the 11th of June, 1928 to Milburn and Eva Rawlinson White. She passed away peacefully on July 20, 2020 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Home.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, one brother David White, one sister Lennie M. McMullen Baker, one son Ronald Votaw and her husband of 61 years 8 months, Vernon Votaw.

Dorothy and Vernon were united in marriage on August 30, 1952. During their early years, Vernon worked for the railroad and they traveled in a travel trailer in west Texas while he worked. Later they owned several automotive businesses called Mr. Transmission in San Antonio and Houston and finally in the 1980s they owned the 653 Waelder Restaurant and Texaco Station at the I-10 exit 653 in Waelder. After they sold the 653 business, Dorothy worked at Joel’s BBQ and became the bookkeeper there for many years until her retirement.

Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend and was there when needed anytime or any day. She was known as Grandma Dot or Aunt Dot to many who weren’t even related to her. She loved her yard and flowers and no matter where she lived, her yard was landscaped and immaculate, as well as her home. Dorothy was the living example of a Christian Lady and will be missed by so many whose lives she touched. She lived a long and happy life and was extremely active until a stroke placed her in the nursing home two years ago. She remained a kind hearted, loving lady even during this difficult time.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter LaDonna and husband Grant Mulholland of Flatonia; daughter in-law Linda Votaw of Fort Worth; granddaughter Adriane and husband Eddie Mayda of Sacramento, California; grandson Scott Votaw of Seattle, Washington; granddaughter Ashton and husband Jason Laake of Flatonia; and grandson Aiden Mulholland of Flatonia; six great grandchildren; Jack, Cate, Sam, Sasha, Dima and Cameron; one brother and sister-in-law Adrian and Ottie White of Delhi, Texas; multiple nieces, nephews and many special friends.

Rest in Peace sweet lady until we meet again!

A visitation for Dorothy will be held Friday, July 24, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, Texas. Funeral service will be Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Flatonia Baptist Church, Flatonia, Texas, officiated by Rev. Tim Rowell. A private burial will follow at Delhi Cemetery, Delhi, Texas.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to: Flatonia Baptist Church.

Words of comfort can be posted and shared with the family at

Smith Funeral Home - 128 E. 5th Street Flatonia, Texas 78941 Phone #-361-865-3311


  • Vernon Ray Votaw, Husband (deceased)
  • Milburn D. White, Father (deceased)
  • Eva Mae Rawlinson White, Mother (deceased)
  • LaDonna Mulholland, daughter
  • Grant Mulholland, Son-in-law
  • Ronald Votaw, Son (deceased)
  • Linda Votaw, Daughter-in-law
  • Adrian White, Brother
  • Ottie White, Sister-in-law
  • David White, Brother (deceased)
  • Lennie M. McMullen Baker, Sister (deceased)
  • Ashton Laake, Grandchild
  • Adriane Mayda, Grandchild
  • Scott Votaw, Grandchild
  • Aiden Mulholland, Grandchild
  • Jack, Great Grandchild
  • Cate, Great Grandchild
  • Sam, Great Grandchild
  • Sasha, Great Grandchild
  • Dima, Great Grandchild
  • Cameron, Great Grandchild

  • Jason Laake, Active Pallbearer
  • Glenn Barta, Active Pallbearer
  • Red Mulholland, Active Pallbearer
  • Grant Mulholland, Active Pallbearer
  • Gary McMullen, Active Pallbearer
  • Dwain White, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    vendredi, 24 juillet , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    samedi, 25 juillet , 2020


Dorothy J Votaw


Linda Votaw

24 juillet , 2020

Dorothy was like a mother to me and along with my own mother took care of me when my son Scott was born when Ronnie was overseas. She made a home for us and took care of Scott many nights when it was hard for me to even get up! She cooked amazing meals for us always with lots of fresh vegetables and great chocolate desserts. She was so loving and caring when Annie was born and we lived in Flatonia. We traveled together lots of times and loved every minute of it including a recent trip to Colorado to visit Annie's family. I will miss her always warm welcoming ways and I hope I can enjoy life half as much as she did! I loved her with all my heart.

Judy Jacobs

24 juillet , 2020

My Mom and Dot were first cousins (I called her Aunt Dot). When Mom lived in Luling as a kid, she and Aunt Dot played together and Mom said she would always get mad at her because she always wanted to stop playing and count the cars on the trains as they went by, which was often. Mom and Dad along with (Betty and Doodle Bug, I think) stood with Aunt Dot and Uncle Vernon at their wedding. When they were older, Mom said Aunt Dot was always working in her yard or cleaning and burning brush. She called my Mom every night at 7pm which I thought was so sweet. I also remember she made the best apricot nectar cake I’ve ever eaten. Unfortunately, as much as my Mom wanted to, (because she loved Aunt Dot like a sister) she will not be able to attend the funeral because she is quarantined in a nursing home. We send our love and sympathy to her family, Olamae and Judy Jacobs

Betty Brandle

23 juillet , 2020

"Grandma Dot" was a smiling soul who brought light and happiness into a room whenever she walked in. She was a happy, hard working, adventurous and positive person. She always reminded me of my mom Ezelle Partin. They can visit together and celebrate in heaven!

Linda Beale

22 juillet , 2020

Such a sweet, sweet soul. Heaven got another angel. Our deepest sympathies.



To Dorothy Jean Votaw, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Dorothy, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Dorothy really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Dorothy was born on June 11, 1928 at home in Delhi, Texas. Her parents were Milburn and Eva White. Dorothy was raised in Delhi, Texas. Even as a child, Dorothy had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention.

      Always a good playmate, Dorothy was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Dorothy managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Dorothy was raised with three siblings. She had two older brothers; David and Adrian and one older sister; Lennie.

      It could be said that for Dorothy, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Dorothy's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Dorothy graduated from Waelder High School in 1946. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers but most proud of her perfect attendance.

      Dorothy never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Dorothy to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Dorothy utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, her best friend was Velton Sherry. Later in life, she became friends with Polly Barta and Mildred Thibodeaux. Dorothy loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      The gift of being outwardly affectionate made Dorothy very easy to approach. In August of 1952 Dorothy exchanged wedding vows with Vernon Ray Votaw at the Courthouse in Seguin, Texas. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse and she was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Dorothy was blessed with two children, son Ronald and daughter LaDonna. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Scott, Annie, Ashton and Aiden. Dorothy had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Dorothy's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Dorothy had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Dorothy was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Dorothy liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Dorothy was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Dorothy's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Dorothy as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was an Accountant/Bookkeeper. She was self-employed mostly and then worked at Joel's BBQ for many years.

      Dorothy enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Dorothy liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were gardening. Dorothy was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Dorothy had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Dorothy's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. Throughout her later years, Dorothy was an active member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Cornelius Smith Chapter in Luling, Texas.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Dorothy recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of Flatonia Baptist Church for 15+ years. During that time, she was very involved in her Ladies Sunday School group.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Dorothy just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Hawaii, Grand Canyon, Colorado, California and Washington.

      Dorothy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Dorothy's favorites was Sophie, a Rat Terrier and Moses also a Rat Terrier. They were best friends, Sopie for 5 years and Moses for 10+ years. Her family was rounded out by her cat, Ms. Kitty.

      Dorothy believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Dorothy remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure in DRT and gardening. Even in retirement, Dorothy continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Dorothy passed away on July 20, 2020 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center in Schulenburg, Texas due to her declining health. She is survived by daughter LaDonna and husband Grant, grandchildren Scott, Annie, Ashton and Aiden, great grandchildren Sasha, Dima, Jack, Cate, Sam and Cameron. Services were held at Flatonia Baptist Church. Dorothy was laid to rest in Delhi Cemetery in Delhi, Texas.

      Dorothy brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Dorothy Jean Votaw lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.