OBITUARY

Dorothy Wynell Boyd Rolater, Realtor Emeritus

November 18, 1930June 22, 2020
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Dorothy Boyd Rolater completed her life on Earth, Monday, the 22nd of June 2020. All of her children surrounded her, and were honored and filled with gratitude to be by her side.

Dorothy was born to Claud Boyd and Jewell Carroll Boyd on November 18, 1930. She grew up in Frisco, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Claud Norman, and sister Athalea Lane. She was married to Claiborne Gregory Rolater, Jr. from 1947 through 1971.

In her early childhood Dot was carried back and forth to school by her beloved horse, Poco. Throughout high school she played basketball for the Frisco High basketball team, as a talented roving guard. Her 1948 team was the first and only Frisco team ever to advance to the National basketball playoffs.

As a young woman she modeled for Neiman Marcus at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and for many years worked as Administrative Assistant to Dr. Erwin Pink, Frisco’s only physician at the time. Ultimately, real estate became her passion and she was to make her reputation as a pioneer in the field, opening the first woman-owned real estate office in Frisco. In 1955 she had earned her license, and she held it for over 65 years. Presently she sets the record for longest real estate licensure in the State of Texas. Through honesty, integrity, humility, and an uncanny sense of humor, she quickly excelled in the field. Dorothy was the second woman to join the Collin County Board of Realtors. She was the first female President of that Board, serving two terms in 1973 and 1976. She was Collin County’s Realtor of the Year in the 1970’s, and ultimately served three years as Statewide Director of the Texas Association of Realtors.

Dorothy was both an extraordinary mother and a remarkable, trailblazing businesswoman. She held a strong commitment to public service, and is remembered as a woman who lit up every room with her big, beautiful Texas smile. She was a gracious, jovial woman and had an unforgettable laugh. She possessed a classic beauty that radiated from within, and was meticulously stylish—more than one person has remarked that Dorothy looked as though she stepped off the cover of Vogue magazine. She was well known for paving the way for other women, and was eager to give others a hand up.

She always said she had no time for a hobby but, if you ask her friends or family, they would say it was shopping! She also dearly loved a good game of poker, and her poker face was outstanding. She enjoyed Bingo, casino gambling, horse racing, world travel, and spending time with friends. She adored children. Through her sincere interest in their lives and her judicious counsel, she helped many a child feel special and develop skills to make the most of their lives.

Dorothy stayed up to date on the growing City of Frisco, world and celebrity affairs. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Frisco, though she also attended services at the Unity Church of Dallas. She founded the Collin County Women’s Council, was the first woman to become a member of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, and was an active member of both the Rotary Club and Heritage Association. You will remember her when you drive down Rolater Road, visit Boyd Park (named in honor of her and her family), and enjoy the shade tree dedicated to her and growing at Frisco Commons Park.

She is survived by her son, Anthony Lynn Rolater (Donna) of Heath, Texas; her daughters, Sondra Rolater (Marian Pace) of Winnsboro, Texas, and Robbyn Rolater (Armanda Ham) of Leesburg, Texas; grandson, Nicholas Rolater (Bethany) of Frisco, TX; great grandson, Kaedon Rolater of Frisco, TX; and one great granddaughter due to be born this September.

The family would like to thank her friend and caregiver, Beatrice Talley, who played a significant role during the last five years of her life, and remains a dear part of Dorothy’s family. Thanks also to her many dear friends for all your love and support.

Services

  • The Memorial Service will be Livestreamed on Facebook due to concerns about gatherings during COVID 19

    Friday, July 3, 2020

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Judy McKee

July 4, 2020

Dorothy was a good example of a professional REALTOR, friend, Mother and Grandmother. I will miss her smile and her ability to always be positive. May her memories console all who loved her and were close to her. Dorothy will be missed. May her soul be at peace. Regards, Judy McKee

Jill Rolater

July 3, 2020

Just got back from Dot’s sweet service. She would have loved it. It honored her in so many ways. She really was The First Lady of Frisco! I will miss seeing her contagious smiling face and hearing her infectious laugh. She was truly unforgettable, and I loved just being around her. I never stopped loving her, even after her son and I divorced. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to have had her as my mother-in-law. My sincere condolences to her family.

With Love and Respect, Jill

Tom Rolater

July 3, 2020

Dear Tony, Sondi and Robyn,
I loved my Aunt Dorothy like I loved no other aunt. I had the chance to spend some quality time alone with her when Uncle Junior passed away and I got to tell her how much she had meant to me over the years and how much I loved coming to Frisco as a child and always looked forward to spending time at her house because it was so much fun to be there with you guys. I could not get into trouble at Aunt Dot's house because she was so kind and loved us kids and was always cheerful and full of life and laughter.
She was always so beautiful and outgoing. She never met a stranger and always made you feel so comfortable when you were with her. Several years ago I was in Frisco for a conference and I visited Aunt Dot and surprised her by bringing our youngest son, Brian whom she had never met. Aunt Dot treated Brian as if she had known him her entire life and he will always remember that time with her.
She was the last of her generation in the Boyd /Rolater family and I can think of no one who could have filled that role better than your mom. She was the perfect Matriarch for the family. I know this, heaven smiled last week on June 22nd. God bless each of you and the wonderful memories that I know you have of your mother.
tom

Hollie and Cody Cunningham

July 3, 2020

Dear Family,
Our hearts are so heavy with the loss of our special Aunt Dot! We will forever cherish our memories that we created with her! She always could put a smile on our face, and filled our hearts with joy! We miss her so much and we know we will see her again one day! Little Colby and Bradley miss her hugs and we will continue to talk about her with the boys! We love you all and sending family lots of prayers !

Xoxo,
Hollie and Cody Cunningham
Colby David Cunningham
Bradley Boyd Cunningham

Ann Kubicek

July 2, 2020

To all the family I loved your Mother with all my heart. Dorothy was my mentor, friend and partner in crime. We have been friends for 47 years. Never had she let me down except the first trip to Las Vegas she was teaching me how to shoot craps. Got to a table she left and went to bed. I stayed and not knowing what to do I kept the dice for 45 minutes table paid me off. She didn't tell me I needed to cash chips in I pulled up my skirt chips inside went to the room and she came to life. Next day cashed chips in put in her purse gave me $100.00 won again got home to Texas she handed me over $4000 in cash. Never questioned her again. I will miss her and love her with all my heart.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you

Glynda King

July 2, 2020

We did not know Dorothy, but if she was anything like Tony, she was a very special person. Our prayers are with your family during this time. We love you.
Bobby & Glynda King

Pat & John Allee

July 2, 2020

We send our prayers to you, Tony, and your family. So sorry for your loss. From what has been written about your mother, you must be a wonderful reflection of her life. God be with you and comfort you during this time.

Peggy ONeil

July 2, 2020

My friend Dorothy,

I met Dorothy after midnight over a Thanksgiving holiday . She opened her door with her big smile and arms out to hug Sondi. Then she gave me a big hug. With one foot in the foyer room she asked us to bring in firewood. At that moment I loved Dorothy.

Dorothy was a gem. She just naturally stood out with her laughter and smile everywhere and anywhere she went. She was classy. She loved children. I think Halloween was one of her favorites. She had a dresser full of gifts for children and those she didn't know.

She loved animals. My(our) dog, Tucker was her "grandson."They spent a lot of time together. She once confessed to me that she received a phone call about someone having "her dog" in the front seat and it was then she told her friend that Tucker wasn't her dog...when I moved away , she asked me for a favor...to take Tucker to McDonalds for a hamburger once in awhile...

Dorothy loved her family dearly. She was so proud. Sondi, Tony and Robbyn, thank you for sharing your mother with me.

When I hear of Frisco, Texas... I think of Dorothy Boyd Rolater . She was a vital part of Frisco. An Icon. If I could I would plant tulips around Frisco in memory of her.

Love you Dorothy,
Peggy

Jennifer Bridges

July 1, 2020

My Great Aunt Dorothy with the smile, heart & happiness the size of Texas! A real Texan, native Frisco-Ian, sassy, fun, entrepreneur, realtor, leader.... one that I’ve always looked up to and admired her beauty, enthusiasm, smarts, and endurance. She is the last of the original Frisco Boyd’s, the businesswoman that made success on her own, showing us all how it’s done along the way! She loved Her family, Frisco, friends new and old. All were Always welcome in her home!
My Dad was like a little brother to her. She taught him many things growing up. He practiced his reading in the evenings, with the family all there, straight out of her journal he had snuck out of her room! Can you imagine the horror, being that teenager? She would catch him in the floor and provide a knuckle sandwich on his head, before getting caught and in trouble! He’s always looked up to you Aunt Dorothy, and always enjoyed visiting with you! Y’all would share old stories and laugh for hours! Mom loved visiting and the uplift that you always provided at family gatherings. And of course y’all admiring each other’s jewelry, purse and/or shoes! We will certainly miss her visits, laugh, smiles and the updates on her special interests in Frisco. I love that she was able to see the Boyd Park created and dedicated!
Robbyn, Sondra & Tony..... y’all have a long road ahead of you, thankful you have each other. It’s going to be extremely hard to adjust to life without her, but y’all have Soo many fond memories and special times to think of....
Y’all are so Blessed to have had such a lady for a Mom!
Stay close, keep that heart of gold, smile, & laugh up front in your memories....
Hugs and love to all the family. Remember our good times as youngens even kids over there, smile. 🙏❤️
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Diana McVay

July 1, 2020

I was around Dorothy a lot in my 20s. She was one of the happiest, kindest, funniest parent I had ever met! She was remarkable in every way. Her greatest gift to me was her daughter, Robbyn’s friendship!

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