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obituary Dorothy Ann Myrick Lessing

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  • Pat Lyon
    Sorry I am late with these. Waco Tribune Herald Sept 24, 2006 Dorothy Lessing, 91, passed away on Sep 16, 2006 in Waco. A private service will be held at DFW
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 2, 2006
      Sorry I am late with these.

      Waco Tribune Herald
      Sept 24, 2006

      Dorothy Lessing, 91, passed away on Sep 16, 2006 in Waco. A private service
      will be held at DFW National Cemetery.

      Dorothy was the first child born to Wilkie Susan Myrick and Thomas Jessie
      Myrick Sr. on Feb 12, 1915 in Martin, Tennessee. She graduated from Jones
      County Agricultural High School near Laurel, Miss. in 1933 and then studied
      at the Federal Business College in Laurel.

      When WWII started she took a Civil Service job at Camp Shelby, Miss. and
      then transferred to Washington D.C. where she worked as a secretary for the
      War Production Board. While there she met Wilfred Edward Lessing, Jr. of
      Waco, a 1939 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. They were married on
      Saturday Jan 16, 1943 at Christ Church in Alexandria, Va. She and her
      friends walked to the church singing "What a wonderful day for a wedding,
      what a beautiful day for you and me." Wilfred was promoted to Commander
      and transferred to duty at the Naval Air Station in Oakland, CA. They lived
      there until the war ended and then moved to Waco.

      They loved and cherished each other for 63 years of marriage. Even when
      they were older and had difficulty walking, they still had a gentle loving
      smile for each other. Dorothy had a wonderful sense of style and beauty.
      She was a gracious hostess with a flair for decorating and always happy for
      you to visit. Although they had no children of their own, they greatly
      enriched the lives of their siblings' children and were blessed with close
      family and dear friends for many years.

      They were world travelers. In 1961, they designed and built a motor coach
      and drove it from Waco to Guatemala and back. They enjoyed the people,
      diverse cultures and scenic beauty as they traveled to visit friends and see
      the world.
      They helped with Jimmy Carter's bid for the presidency and were Delegates to
      the 1976 Democratic National Convention.

      We celebrate her good life and mourn her passing. They lived an incredible
      life together and are truly the end of an era.

      Preceding Dorothy in death by 79 days was her husband, Wilfred Lessing Jr.;
      her parents; and two brothers, Frank and Thomas Myrick.

      Those left to cherish her memory are sister, Martha Frankland and husband
      Darrel; nephew, Charles Frank land and wife Kimberly and their son Jesse;
      niece, Susan Jett and her children, Christopher Byram and family and Angela
      Toombs; niece, Melissa Herrin and her children, Heath Aleksines and Alayna
      Herrin and their families; nephew, Mike Myrick and family; nephew Tom Myrick
      and family; and niece Beth Myrick.
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