Dorothy Naylor Maxwell Grantom Titefsky
Dorothy Naylor (Dottie) TitefskyDOROTHY (DOTTIE) NAYLOR TITEFSKY died peacefully at a nursing facility in Olympia, WA on September 19, 2005, a few weeks before her 81st birthday.Dottie was born in Amarillo, Texas to Harlan and Dorothy Naylor, and grew up in rural North Texas and later moved to Houston. Her father was a master carpenter and cabinet maker and her mother was a grade school teacher. Dottie was preceded in death by her first husband, Jay Maxwell in 2000 and her second husband, Nathan Grantom in 1975. Dottie was a professional musician in the 1950's and 1960's, and played violin as the concert mistress for the Watergate Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC for a time. She also was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot trainer and instrument flight instructor stationed in Corpus Christi, TX during World War II. Her warm smile, winning sense of humor and her Texas-bred grace and charm are the things that friends and family will most remember about her. She had been confined to a nursing home for the last several years, having suffered a series of strokes. Her release from what had become a difficult struggle is a great comfort for all, despite our grief at her loss. A memorial service will be held in the near future.Dottie is survived by her third husband, Elias Titefsky who is a retired Boeing engineer; by her brother, Harlan Naylor, Jr. of Houston; by her two sons Richard Maxwell who resides with his wife, Bronwen in Bellevue, WA; and David Maxwell, who resides in Galveston, TX; by her daughter Suzanne Crow and her husband, Steve who live in Olympia, WA; by three beautiful granddaughters, Savannah and Scarlet Crow of Olympia, and Tiffany R. Smith and husband Shawn and their sons, Joshua and Logan of Spring, TX. Dottie's extended family scattered from Texas to Oregon and Alaska will wish her peace and cherish fond memories of her.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 10/2/2005.