Dorothy Sebastian

September 13, 1924November 19, 2013

Funeral services for Dorothy Sebastian of Dallas will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel with Rev. Jan Sullivan officiating. Dorothy died November 19, 2013 at C.C. Young Memorial Home in Dallas.

Dorothy was born in Alexandria, LA on September 13, 1924, the only child of Loula and Frank Burton. She graduated from North Dallas High School in 1941 while she and her mother, a governess, lived in the Shepherd King home now known as The Mansion on Turtle Creek. Dorothy attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1945 with a degree in journalism.

She moved to Houston and worked for a Houston newspaper before moving to Dallas, where she met the love of her life, George Sebastian, an SMU graduate who had just returned from the war. They married in 1948, the year George founded a residential construction company, Sebastian Construction Group, now owned by his son John.

Dorothy and George were charter members of Kessler Park United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years, volunteered in the church office and served as president and publicity chair of the United Methodist Women.

Predeceased by her husband in 1992, Dorothy is survived by her children, Ann Black of Sherman, Bill Sebastian of Boston, MA, Scott Sebastian of Duncanville and John Sebastian of Dallas, and six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to C.C. Young Retirement Community, 4829 W. Lawther, Dallas, TX 75214.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Ethel Rentfro

November 28, 2013

Today I learned that my friend died last week. For eight years we shared more that the street that separated our homes. Good food, and some experimental recipes often made their way across that street and we could walk over without calling first. We celebrated that kind of honest friendship: supper with our husbands, George at the piano, John testing a Sunday joke, sharing stories about our children, even a cat who preferred life on the other side of the street. Alas, we moved, our men got sick, George died, and John's journey with Alzheimer's lasted thirteen years. Dorothy and I missed crossing that street.

Ann, Scott, John, Bill--Your mother was a great person who loved each of you so very much.

Carl Boone

November 25, 2013

John & Scott,
Just saw the E mail from Wayne on Dorthy,s passing. I remember her so well and how soft and patient she was with everyone she touched. I hope this is a time to celibrate such a wounderful person and her steadfast faith in Jesus. She is home with George. I would have loved attending her service. She also put up with our Stone Pigeon Rock band in the basement what a trooper God bless her.

Wayne Arnspiger

November 23, 2013

Ann, Bill, Scott & John,
I just saw your Mom's obituary in today's paper. I'm sorry to hear of her loss. I wish I had seen it earlier. I would have loved to have attended her service today. I have so many great memories of growing up in Kessler and of your Mom, Dad, your home, the lake house & all of you! My condolences to all of you.
Wayne Arnspiger

Christine & Rob Patterson

November 23, 2013

Ann, we are so sorry to learn about the death of your Mother. May your memories of her bring you comfort, and may God's promises give you assurance and be a respite from the pain of such a great loss.

John McCalib

November 22, 2013

Sorry to hear about your mother Bill. Your mother was a such an easygoing Sunday school teacher and someone I tried to emulate. 6 years with her tried & true Kessler Park Methodist tolerant love for childern as I tried to understand my daughter & her classmates

Bill & Jane Crockett

November 22, 2013

Ann, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.