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Dorothy Cates Stripling

April 27, 1916June 9, 2017
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Dorothy Cates Stripling, 101, died on June 9, in Richardson, Texas. She was born to Minnie and H.P. Cates on April 27, 1916 in Kaufman County, Texas. Dorothy graduated from Kaufman High School in 1934, and on August 28, 1937, she married Wilton Woodrow (Buddy) Stripling, who preceded her in death in 1991. Dorothy was a native Texan, living in Dallas, Houston, New Boston, Tyler and Plano before moving to Richardson in 2006. Dorothy was intensely proud of her three children. She supported them in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, New Boston Band, and church activities. As an accomplished seamstress, she made many prom dresses for her friends as well as wedding dresses for her family. Dorothy worked for the Bowie County Agricultural Agent and retired from the payroll department at Red River Army Depot. Dorothy was also preceded in death by her four siblings: Altus Cates, H. R. Cates, Aubrey Cates, and Joyce Cates Anderson. Dorothy is survived by three children and their spouses: Dr. Wilton Dennis Stripling and wife, Bettye, of Dallas. Dr. Rosanne Stripling and husband, Dr. Larry Sullivan, of Texarkana. Dr. Lyndel Cates Stripling and wife, Kathy, of Garland, Texas. She was very proud of her seven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy was a member of the Prairie Creek Baptist Church in Plano and a retired Federal employee. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 15, at the Anderson-Clayton Funeral Home, in Kaufman, Texas with Rev. Pat Cooper officiating. Interment will be in the Kaufman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matthew Ambort, Brian Howell, Cameron Loveless, Kirk Loveless, Karl Ludwig, Denny Stripling, Ben Walker and Steve Walker. Memorials may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

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June 14, 2017

We're so sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere sympathies. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your love ones. May the Lord be with y'all. It was truly an honor for me to have known her. She was really admirable and an amazing lady to me. She'll be greatly missed. We'll continue to have fond memory of her many years to come. May she rest in peace. **Pinny & family

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June 14, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Helen Hoffman

June 14, 2017

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

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Biography

      Dorothy Cates Stripling was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Dorothy will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       She was the daughter of Minnie and H. P. Cates. Dorothy grew up in Kaufman, Texas. She graduated from Kaufman High School in 1934.

      Dorothy was raised with four siblings. She had three brothers, Altus, H. R. And Aubrey Cates and one sister, Joyce Cates Anderson. Dorothy was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.
     
      Dorothy worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Dorothy was blessed with three children, Dr. Wilton Dennis Stripling, Dr. Rosanne Stripling and Dr. Lyndel Cates Stripling.

      Fortunately, Dorothy enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Dorothy worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. She was employed for many years with the Bowie County Agricultural Agent and the Red River Army Depot. Dorothy always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

       Dorothy was an accomplished seamstress, making many prom dresses for her friends as well as wedding dresses for her family. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Dorothy’s faith was important to her. She was a member of the Prarie Creek Baptist Church in Plano.

      Dorothy passed away on June 9, 2017 at The Willington in Richardson, Texas. Services were held at Anderson-Clayton Funeral Home in Kaufman, Texas. Dorothy was laid to rest in the Kaufman Cemetery.

      Simply stated, Dorothy was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Dorothy leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Dorothy Cates Stripling.

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