Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home

10501 Garland Road, Dallas, TX


Dorothy Ann Reily

December 28, 1922July 29, 2019
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Dottie, born in Texarkana, TX, in 1922 departed this life on July 29, 2019 to join Our Lord and Savior, her loving husband Howard, sons Jack and Tim, her parents, John and Ethel Miesch Burnett and brother Jack.

Dottie’s formative years were split between Texarkana, TX, and Crowley, LA, where she met her lifelong friend Gay (Landry) Czikora.

Dottie moved to Dallas, TX in 1948 and managed the American Airlines’ ticket office at the Baker Hotel. While in Dallas, she met the love of her life, Howard Reily. They fell madly in love and began a 42 year-long love affair that ended in his passing.

Their marriage lead to a large and happy family: Ann Hardy (Rick), Little Elm; Cia Bond, Dallas; Clare Marco (Jay), Rockville Centre, NY; Pat (Birgit), Kennesaw, GA; Kathleen Walker (Guy), Plano; Mike (Denise), Dallas; Dolly Jones (Matt) Katy.

Throughout her life she had a zest to travel, visiting Ireland, her family home; Europe and Canada. She loved her “Jolly Thursday” girls, and her many years volunteering with Ladies of Charity. Her love of friends, family and anyone that came into her life were cherished as one of her own.

Besides her loving children, she is also survived by her brother Bob (Barbara), Rowlett; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Ladies of Charity, Dallas, TX.


  • Visitation Sunday, August 4, 2019
  • Rosary Service Sunday, August 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, August 5, 2019


Dorothy Ann Reily

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Kate Chadbourne Stepanski

August 13, 2019

Was sad to hear of your Mother's passing. Saw her for last time a couple of years ago. She was always up for anything! Love that about her!! I'm sure she will be sorely missed by all! Was glad I got chance to see you all! You stay close! I know it will be hard but she will always be with you! This was sent to me when my own Mother passed, "We gain strength from the footprints they have left on our hearts and we will never be the same." Love to you all! Kate

Marea White Meadows

August 5, 2019

The Reily home was the "go to" house. It did not matter how many kids were there, Mrs. Reily always made room for one more and treated you like one of her own. Halloween was always the best with the Reily family. Great memories, great lady, great family. Mrs. Reily will be sorely missed by many.

Edward “Pete” Miesch

August 1, 2019

It is with great sorrow that I learned of Dottie’s passing away. She was always so cheerful and optimistic. She always welcomed us to her home. I first met Dottie around 1955. Her mother Ethel and brothersJack and Bob came to Clarksville one weekend when I was home. I soon visited and was especially saddened soon after to learn of her brother Jack’s death. I visited and spent the night at Ethel’s home on numerous occasions and met Dottie. Later when I lived in Gladewater I became good friends with the Rountree family in Longview. who later moved nearEthel and also became friends with Ethel and family. After going to graduate school I lost contact for awhile. Then we moved to Dallas in 1983 and soon became reacquainted again. It was always a pleasure to visit at Dottie’s home. I think the first time I really met the whole family was when Pat came home from the army with his new bride Birget. Dottie always stayed in contact with us, especially at Christmas when she would remember us with Christmas Masses.
We will all miss her kind remarks. She was always a very generous and kind person.
With Sincere Cindolences.

Libby Galvin

July 31, 2019

Dear family,
From the 1st time I met Dottie, I knew a had made a new precious friend. She had a way of lighting up a room, even though her light started well under 5 ft! She always shone with a strong voice, a big smile and a giant personality. Without hesitation, she would say, “How can I help?” and “it’s SO good to you!”
Heaven has just become a more wonderful place because Dottie is there! God bless her and the kingdom of God!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you grieve . I hope your sorrow turns to peace soon, knowing that our Lord continues to take care of our lovely Dottie.
Libby Galvin (and family)