OBITUARY

Donna Marie Dorris

November 8, 1947April 19, 2018
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Donna Marie Dorris was born in Dallas, Texas on November 8, 1947, and went home to be with the Lord on April 19, 2018. She is preceded in death by her mom, Belva Addicks, her stepfather John T. Addicks, her brother Fred Addicks and her son, Forrest Wayne Christopher. Mom leaves behind her half-brothers, James, John, and Rex; her stepsisters, Francis and Virginia; her soul sister, Regina Miles; three daughters, Kimberley, LaDonna and Amy, seven grandchildren: Sarah, Blake, Brittney, Shelby, Victoria, Ashley, and Allison; four bonus grandchildren: Kristi, Ryan, Michael and Robbie; and nine great-grandchildren, Camden, Amelia, Camden, Carson, Aiden, Harper, Wyatt, Ethan and Tucker, and a ton of friends and neighbors; namely, Pam, Ruth, Sarah, Doris, and many more. The family will receive family and friends at a gathering from 6:00-8:00 pm. Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Roselawn Funeral Home, Seagoville, Texas.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Gathering Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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LaDonna Norris

April 25, 2018

Momma, words cannot express the pain I am feeling right now. To know that you are gone and that I will never hear your voice again, that I will never see your face again, that I will never receive a daily scripture or devotional via text...it’s unbelievable to comprehend. I will always cherish our moments together...especially this past Easter...my favorite time of year. You taught me so many life lessons that I will carry with me forever. The greatest, to forgive and forget. Time is too precious to hold on to the pain others have bestowed upon you, and, to also forgive yourself for the mistakes and regrets we’ve made along the way. We were made in Gods likeness. To forgive and to be forgiven. I love you, momma. Thank you for everything...

Kimberley O’Rourke

April 25, 2018

How can this be? I don’t want to do today. I’m not saying goodby, but rather see you soon!! I love the promises of heaven and eternal life and what that means to those of us who believe. While I want you here for more laughter and joy and great food, another day of sewing or making Christmas cookies and catching your oven on fire — oh how we laughed — I am joyful that you are without pain, suffering or tears. You have been made new! I love you, Mama!!! See you soon!

Kimberley O'Rourke

April 24, 2018

Mama, I just can't believe you are gone. I am expecting a call or a text that won't ever arrive again. You taught me so much; namely how to cook. My family forever thanks you for that. Some of my greatest memories happened in just the last couple of years where I came out and we baked Christmas cookies all day and you came to my house and we sewed quilts all day long and you made fun of all my dead plants -- LaDonna got your green thumb! Oh, how I miss you saying "Well, hi, baby. How's it going?" When I'd call you. I never told you, but I didn't really like you calling me "baby." Now, I'd give anything to hear you say it again. Remember always that I love you. Your hugs and your laughter and our talks about Jesus were just the best! THE BEST! I love you, Mama

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Biography

Our Mom was born Donna Marie Ahern on November 8, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas to Belva House and William F. Ahern, though her father never received the joy of knowing her. While mom was still young, our grandma married John T. Addicks and they gave Mom six half-siblings: Fred, John, James, Virginia, Frances and Rex.

Our Mom married our Dad on December 2, 1966, and had four children before she was 25. I remember stories of Mom walking all four of us to the store for groceries, holding two and pushing one and keeping her eye on the other. I’m exhausted just saying that. She raised all of us with a good sense of right and wrong, to be respectful always, and show no one any sass. Though, if you truly knew her, you know that’s not the word she would use.

Mom was a woman of many passions. Working with her hands brought her such joy. In a few words, our Mom loved to garden, to sew, to bake, to sing and to spend time with Jesus. She had the biggest green thumb of anyone I’ve ever known – roses and moonflowers were her favorites – and her love of sewing was evident from the clothes she made her children to the dolls she absolutely loved to make and gift to so many. And, let’s not overlook her beautiful quilts! She had a talent like no other! Bringing beauty to all things around her is what she loved; and, succeeded at most!

While she did not grow up in church, our father did, and she came to find much solace in her faith and hope in Jesus.

Romans 12:9-13 states “Let your love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”

Our Mom epitomized so much in these verses. She showed hospitality to everyone around her. Now, let’s about her biscuits…her cakes…and, let’s not forget her cookies! The woman could cook/bake like no other. She enjoyed spending time in the kitchen but enjoyed more bringing smiles to the faces of all of those she was serving. If she discovered your favorite food, then you better believe she was going to make it for you. And, if she couldn’t discover your favorite food, then she was introducing you to one of hers. When she discovered a need, she was quick to donate toward it. She always amazed me at how she could create a four-course meal out of limited ingredients. She would never withhold anything, if she had the ability to give. She trusted God to always provide.

She also shared her faith with those around her and called on her children often for prayer. That was the last text I received from her was requesting prayer for her beloved friend, Regina, and her husband Ron.

She loved so much to spend her mornings in her Bible writing down scriptures, her mid-mornings in her garden before the heat of the day and her afternoons sewing or visiting with friends. Mom had quite the circle of loving friends at her apartments. She was always telling me stories of this one or that one and how God had truly blessed her with the “family” at her apartments. She loved each and every one of you.

If there was one constant in Mom’s life, it was her best friend Regina. They went to high school together and were “thick as thieves” as they both would say often. There was hardly a time I spoke with Mom that she wasn’t telling some funny story about Regina. She loved you more than she could ever express. Thick and thin, good or bad, Regina was her constant, and for that, each one of your children say “Thank you, Regina. We love you so very much.” We know for certain Mom is already helping Jesus to prepare a place for you, right next to her.

Mama is preceded in death by her mom, Belva Addicks, her stepfather John T. Addicks, her brother Fred Addicks and her son, Forrest Wayne Christopher. Mom leaves behind her half-brothers, John, James and Rex; her stepsisters, Francis and Virginia; her soul-sister, Regina Miles; three daughters, Kimberley, LaDonna and Amy, seven grandchildren: Sarah, Blake, Brittney, Shelby, Victoria, Ashley, and Allison; four bonus grandchildren: Kristi, Ryan, Michael and Robbie; and nine great-grandchildren, Camden, Amelia, Camden, Carson, Aiden, Ethan, Tucker, Harper and Wyatt, and a ton of friends and neighbors.

1 Peter 4:8 tells us to love each other deeply, for love covers over a multitude of sins. Love is such an important part of what Jesus did for each of us and love is what we are compelled to show to others.

Mama, we all love you very much! May your love for others and how you served them, not wane, but rather spur each of us on toward serving and loving each other deeply. Remember forever that we love you. May you rest in peace.