obit: Dorothy Lee Wilkinson Skotak
Dorothy Lee Wilkinson Skotak, age 91, peacefully passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012.
Affectionately called Dodie, she was born in Groesbeck, Texas on August 11, 1921, to Albert and Ruth Wilkinson and she is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Navigator, 1st Lt. Chester George Skotak who flew with the Flying Tigers of WWII.
A devoted Catholic who converted to Catholicism in 1950, Dorothy prayed the Rosary everyday of her life. She was an active church member and enjoyed her bible study group. She was professed in the Third Order of Saint Dominic in 1959 and a member of the Association of the Miraculous Medal.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter Ruth Anne Dugey and her husband Ted Dugey; son, Richard Skotak and his wife Sylvia Skotak; daughter, Catherine Owen and her husband Don Owen; son, Chester Skotak and his wife Lorena Skotak; son Gerald Skotak and daughter Linda Perry. She is further survived by 19 grandchildren; Trey Dugey, Laura Steanson, Tina Miscoe; Pam Skotak, Chris Skotak, Kim Skotak; Leslie Long, Kelli Owen, Andrew Owen; Dorothy Skotak, Franca Skotak, Chester Skotak, Jonathan Skotak, Zoe Skotak; Greg Skotak, Mary Anne Navidomskis, Brad Skotak; Katrina Winder, Scott Winder, and 15 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Dorothy's Vigil will be Sunday, August 19, 2012, from 5pm to 7pm, with Rosary being led at 6pm. The Vigil will be held at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale Street, Houston, Texas 77023. The funeral Mass will be held at 10am on Monday, August 20, 2012, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3617 Milam Street, Houston, Texas, 77002. Following the funeral Mass, the Rite of Committal will be held at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, 6900 Lawndale Street, Houston, Texas 77023.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to all of her devoted and kind caregivers. Her fun and playful spirit was an inspiration to all the nursing staff that referred to her as their "movie star".
Optimistic and always grateful, Dodie was a fun traveling companion for her family. She lived an independent life and inspired those around her with her spiritual fortitude and boundless faith in God and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Published in Houston Chronicle on August 19, 2012