OBITUARY

Mrs. Elizabeth Oveeta Truttling

September 26, 1953October 5, 2021
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Mrs. Elizabeth Oveeta Truttling, beloved wife, mother, and Dallas Independent School District teacher for 35 years transitioned to the Heavenly realms on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 after 68 years of life well-lived. Veeta is survived by her husband Rodney Truttling, two sons Brandon and Chase Truttling, two siblings Victor Horton and Maudine (Bill) Townsend, and a host of other friends and relatives.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Laurel Land Funeral Home, 6300 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75232. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Concord Church, 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive Dallas, Texas 75237.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.laurellanddallas.com for the Truttling family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 15, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, October 15, 2021

Memories

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Brandon Quarles

October 15, 2021

My fourth-grade teacher at S.S. Conner (1977-78). One of the very best, to be sure. Nothing but fond memories of Mrs. Truttling. Psalm 116:15.

Debbie Austin

October 14, 2021

I am truly grateful GOD allowed me to know this "great lady". My heart is breaking, our world has lost a treasure.

I pray GOD will grant you the peace that brings comfort, courage, and guidance as you face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Love, Hugs, Prayers, and Blessings,
Debbie Austin

Joann Barrow

October 13, 2021

Veeta and I shared so many wonderful times together ,laughing , cheering on our boys , sideline coaching and memories I will treasure forever. We loved each others family so much. We shared the same birthday and we often said that's why we thought alike and bonded the day we met. I love you my Soul Sister and will miss your beautiful heart and smile. My condolences , love and heart goes out to you , Rodney , Brandon and Chase.

~ Rod & Cheryl ~ Washington

October 12, 2021


VEETA, Your warmth came from knowing Jesus intimately.

Praying for the entire Truttling family.

Enjoy your rest, Veeta.
Enjoy Jesus, Veeta.
Enjoy your new carefree, worry free and pain free body, Veeta!

Now enter into the Joy of the Lord my dear friend!

Veeta, you are a perfect fit for Heaven!

Love you,
đź’” Rod & Cheryl E. Washington, Desoto

Eleanor White

October 12, 2021

To Mr. Truttling, Brandon, and Chase...thank you for sharing your mom with me! You all have embraced me with kindness and love for so many years! My life is better because of all of you! I will forever cherish being Mrs. Truttling's girl as she called me! Her voice and smile will get me through the days when I recall our time together! I will eagerly await the day, I see her again! I love you!

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Biography

Reflections of Life: A Personal Glimpse into the Life of Veeta

A Time to be Born
In Memphis, Tennessee, Alphonso and Kathryn Bass Horton were blessed with their 11th child, Elizabeth Oveeta Horton on September 26, 1953. She was a “blessing” because of her love and devotion to them, caring for them as their health began to fade during her teenage years.

A Time to Grow
Unbeknownst to Veeta, in August of 1971, her first day on the campus of Bishop College, she would meet the love of her life Rodney. They united in matrimony on December 29, 1974. On their journey together for 47 years, they lived, loved, laughed, and cried. They enjoyed life. To their unification three loving and handsome sons were born: Julien, Brandon, and Chase. Veeta was a phenomenal mother. She took great joy in loving unconditionally and contributed to each of their lives and their endeavors. Veeta was always hands on; giving guidance, direction, and instructions. Precious memories of Veeta will forever linger in the heart of her husband, sons, family, and friends.

A Time to Plant
Veeta (also known as Liz) was a proud graduate of Millington Central High School in Millington, Tennessee. Her desire for a higher education lead her to Bishop College in Dallas for one and a half years, completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Indiana University and Master’s Degree from Prairie View A&M University.
Her career as an exemplary educator for 35 years began and ended in the Dallas Independent School District. She was a teacher that had a special connection and bond with students of all races. Because of her teaching skills, her students consistently performed at the highest level on all tests given by the school district. She was most proud of her 100% student passage on the TAAS Test. She was adored by the students at S.S. Conner, Margaret B. Henderson, and Martin Weiss elementary schools. Love and compassion led her to becoming a teacher for the Hospital Homebound Services until she retired.

A Time to Serve
Veeta committed her life to Christ at the age of 10 at Pleasant Chapel Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. She grew in grace as a dedicated member of Concord Church for 45 years, where she used her gifts as a member of the Hospitality and ID Ministries. She loved volunteering for all the special events at church, including Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities.
Veeta was a giver. She reached out to everyone; co-workers, homeless people, neighbors, children, and anyone that crossed her path. If there was a need, she fulfilled those needs in her secret world. For many years, she donated bags of stuffed animals to the Children’s Medical Center and collected and carried shoes to Washington D.C. for Mother’s Against Teen Violence.
In other areas of service, she was a volunteer at Methodist Charlton Medical Center taking special care of Concord members. In her community, she was a volunteer for Citizens on Patrol and Crime Victim Council of Dallas County. Her greatest joy was purchasing and delivering toys and gifts to students in Duncanville at Christmas time.
Veeta was an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated South West Dallas County Alumnae Chapter. As an active member, she served on Social Action and as a Delta Dear until her transition to the Omega Omega Chapter.

Precious Memories
With the love of her life holding her hand, Veeta’s life journey ended in peace and grace on October 5, 2021 in Methodist Hospice. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alphonso and Kathryn Horton; her first-born son—Julien Alexander Truttling; siblings—Emily, Dolores, Fern, Joyce, Donald, Kay, Charita, and Lynn. She leaves to cherish precious memories husband Rodney Truttling; two sons—Brandon and Chase Truttling; sister Maudine (Bill) Townsend, brother Victor Horton; sister-niece Juana (Charles) Marshall; The Gilmores, Heards, Hortons, McDonalds, and Stone families; son-nephews Sean (Jada) and Rian (Danielle) Townsend; father-in-love Robert Truttling; brother-in-love Gilbert Truttling; and connected by love Canvas (Wesley) Marshal, Patricia Harrington, and a host of relatives and friends.