Dorothy Marie Blanchard Roberts
Dorothy Marie Blanchard Roberts
November 7, 1925 - January 10, 2008
Dorothy Marie Blanchard Roberts, 82, died peacefully Thursday, January 10, 2008 in her home in Nederland. She was born a twin November 7, 1925 in groves. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin “Concrete” Roberts, her parents, Peter C. Blanchard and Sadie Irene Watson Blanchard, and grandson, Danny Pratt.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2008 in the chapel of Broussard’s mortuary in Nederland. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2008 at Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches following a procession from Broussard’s in Nederland. A gathering of the family and friends will be from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the mortuary.
She has a twin sister, Jo Ellen Fant of Groves, and a brother, Pete Blanchard, Jr. of Groves.
Dorothy came from a loving family and lived a wonderful life full of song and beauty. She always described herself as having an enchanted childhood…singing and dancing every day with her twin Jo Ellen…they were constant companions…and her brother, Pete is kind and a most excellent brother.
Dorothy graduated from Port Neches Groves High School in 1943. She was a cheerleader along with her twin sister Jo Ellen. She went to Port Arthur College and upon graduation she worked at Texas Company for Dr. Traxler. She owned the Heritage Flower Shop in Nederland. Dorothy was a member of numerous organizations: a poet laureate of the Magnolia District, President of the Department Club, Artisans, Civic Club, Woman of the year, and many others…
Dorothy met Edwin when she was a teenager. They dated her senior year and were married after WWII. Dorothy and Edwin lived, laughed, and loved each other for over 60 years. She was devoted to Edwin and her six children: Jody, Susan, Bubba, Tommy, Chuck and Bobbi. Our mom was an outstanding example of courage…love…and compassion…her ability to anchor our family is her best accomplishment…. that’s the beauty of our large family.
She was married to “Santa.” Her husband, Edwin, was one of Santa’s favorite helpers. At Christmas, Dot and Edwin would get a list of needy children from local elementary schools and see to it that they had gifts to open on Christmas morning. Their generosity of spirit was a gift they shared with everyone they knew.
She was most of all our momma….this is what we learned from her ----- meet each challenge life sends your way…look inside yourself for courage …learn strength from past generations…and pause a moment to gather your thoughts then simply handle it. How do we begin this next journey without her…she left us with her wisdom.
Dot and Edwin were not wealthy by the world’s standards, but considered themselves extremely wealthy because of God’s gift of their six children – all married – gives them twelve. She surely loved her grandchildren….and great grands…her family was symphony of life.
Aunt Dorothy as she was called was a much loved aunt…her many nieces and nephews loved her. She was a favorite sister in law.
She and her twin, Jo Ellen wrote a book of free verse poetry. They are known as the “Granny Poets”. Walk Softly on the Autumn Leaves is a book of their life’s journey describing the beauty, love, and challenges of life…it is a legacy - a description of the human heart - a book of healing and hope. She was so very proud of her book.
She is survived by…
six children, Jody and Butch Domingue of Orangefield, Susan and Edward Seymour of Nederland, Chuck and Cindy Roberts of League City, Bobbi and Wayne Pratt of Wildwood, Tommy and Sheila Roberts of Nederland, Bubba and Peggy Roberts of Nederland, many grandchildren and great grands… Leisha and Steve Bryant (JD, Jordan & Jeep), Amberr and Eric Melo (Blake & Bailey Jo), Ed and Priscilla Seymour (Ed, Andrew, Hattie, & Beau), Josh and Chrissy Seymour (Joshua, Anna, Katie & Ella), Jeremy Seymour (Grace & Emma), Sadie and Kyle Sonnier, Eddie Roberts (Reese), Kurt, Kyle & Timmy Roberts, Christopher and Joleen Weatherly (Austin, Kirstyn, & Christian), Crystal Weatherly, T.J. Roberts, Terry, Chase & Nikki Roberts, Justin & Johanna Pratt (Madison & Natalie), Kelly and JR Tillerson (Allie), and (Draven Poplin, Rusty, Cody, Jessica & Wesley).
Today a poet’s words are silent. She lives on in the beauty of her family…a legacy of love and devotion…and as our mom always told us…See You in The Spring…we will miss you so much.
To our friends and family - a sharing of their words
Blessing – friendship is a blessing, always bestowing roots of kindness, generosity and love.
to Jo Ellen… the longing within me will never die as long as I hold on to the memories of all the moments shared as you and I found joy in our mirrored facsimile.
Words kept – when dreams get old and my memory fails, I will always keep your words in my heart, my love.
Life – refuse to listen to the whispers of old age, shout defiance by keeping on with life.
Encounter – what a joy to have a child come running towards me, his sweet arms outstretched to embrace with love.
Time heals as we pause a moment to gather our thoughts and simply handle it.
Love to all – Jody, Susan, Bubba, Tommy, Chuck, & Bobbi.