Dolores "Dee" Welder

August 26, 1955October 5, 2010

Dolores “Dee” Welder was lifted into the garden of heaven on October 5, 2010, after an extended illness. She was 55 years old.

Dee was born on August 26, 1955, in Victoria to William D. Welder and Jeanne Muske Welder. She was a graduate of Saint Agnes Academy in Houston and attended college at Savannah Institute in Atlanta, GA. During her life she lived in Victoria, Houston, Austin, Colorado, Dallas, and then completed the full circle back to Victoria for the last 14 years of her life.

She was a rancher and a partner in JF Welder Heirs, and a direct descendent of James Power, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Dee’s special love was Vidauri. In addition she enjoyed horseback riding, gardening, animals, attending Refugio Bobcat football games, and decorating the house and yard for the various seasons. She participated in numerous volunteer activities with a special interest in helping those in need. She was a member of the FBI (Female Bonding Institute) with several of her friends and met monthly for lunch to solve world problems. She was very close to her pets; including cats Itty Bitty, Boogar Boy, Mr. Peabody, and the family frog, Clyde.

She was preceded in death by her father, William D. Welder and her mother, Jeanne Muske Welder.

She is survived by her loving companion, William E. Thomas; sisters, Carol J. Welder Katie W. Stewart and Victoria Welder Hyatt; brothers, William D. Welder Jr., Brian E. Welder and Scott D. Welder; nieces and nephews, Trey, Will, Kristin, Kara, Jenny, Christy, Becky, Jamie and Diana; goddaughter, Spencer Streetman, as well as many other family members and close friends.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Monday, October 11, 2010, at Rosewood Funeral Chapel.

A memorial service will be held at 10 am Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Rev. Bur Dobbins officiating.

Donations may be made in her name to Adopt A Pet, 8215 Houston Highway, Victoria, Texas, 77901 or Dorothy O’Connor Pet Adoption Center, 135 Progress Drive, Victoria, Texas, 77905.

Words of comfort may be shared at

Arrangements are under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapel, 3304 Mockingbird Lane, Victoria, Texas, 361/573-4546.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz

October 16, 2010

We were saddened to hear of Dee's passing
Our prayers and thoughts with you all at
this time. May God Bless your entire family.

Jennifer Short

October 12, 2010

Curtis and I am so sad to hear of Dee's passing. We worked with her many years ago at the Victoria Community Theatre and we count ourselves blessed to have known her. Dee, Bill, her family and her dear close friends are in our prayers.

Jennifer and Curtis Short

October 11, 2010

We were so sorry to hear of Dee's passing. She was a lovely person, and we enjoyed the times we were together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bill, and with her family.

Jack and Shirley DeVoll
Willis, Texas

Noe,Sylvia,Jessica and Matt Galvan

October 10, 2010

On Behalf of th Galvan Family at Vidaurri Ranch..We send our condolences and prayers to the family. May God Bless You all in your time of sorrow.


October 9, 2010

Oops, I mean Kara. Thanks for the beautiful photos and video! Love, BW

Terresa Fagan

October 9, 2010

Dee was such a dear person who used the challenges of her life to impart compassion, kindness, and friendship to others. Nick and I often saw Dee at Refugio High School football games. She was always so sweet and fun. She was a guardian angel of the theater in Victoria, working tirelessly to serve the patrons. The patrons had no idea how much she did for theater in Victoria because Dee was modest about her many significant contributions. She will be greatly missed, but her spirit lives on in everyone and everthing she touched. We are indeed grateful we knew her. Love and respect to her family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Terresa, Nick, Emily and Thomas Fagan


October 9, 2010

Thank you so much Bill T. for sharing these photos and video. Lots of happy memories here (though you left out photos of the two of you). It's still hard to believe she's not here. You're in my thoughts and prayers, her cousin.

Ray Delk

October 8, 2010

On behalf of Carol's tennis friends in Austin, our condolences and prayers in your hour of sorrow. May god bless your family.

Ralph Weathersby

October 8, 2010

I was so sorry to hear of Delores's passing. Although its been so many years since I'd seen her, I always remembered her smiling eyes.