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  • Rosemary Ermis
    Dorothy Kristine Drymala July 24, 1917 - February 24, 2013 Biography DOROTHY KRISTINE DRYMALA Dorothy Kristine Drymala, (95) also known as Dorothy Kristine
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2013

      Dorothy Kristine Drymala

      July 24, 1917 - February 24, 2013





      Dorothy Kristine Drymala, (95) also known as Dorothy Kristine Krenek, Dorothy Spillars, and Dorothy Downs was born on July 24, 1917 to Frank and Albina (Kulhanek) Krenek in Orchard, Texas. On February 24, 2013, Dorothy passed away at the Laboring with Loved Ones personal care home in Alvin, Texas. She was a member of Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Wallis, Texas, and Catholic Daughters of America.


      Dorothy is survived by the love of her life, her son, Joe B. Spillars, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Lillie Spillars, of Angleton, Texas; granddaughter, JoAnne Skinner, and husband Michael and great-grandchildren, Slade and Chase Skinner, of Sweeny, Texas; grandson Joe Spillars, III and wife Dona, and great-grandchildren, Jody, Jessica, and Julie Ann Spillars of Angleton, Texas, and step-grandchildren Megan and Brittni Williams; grandson, John Spillars and wife, Jennifer, great-grandchildren, Natalie, John Jr., Jacob and Jason Spillars of Danbury, Texas; granddaughter, Jolene Bankson and husband Jeff, and great-grandchildren, Kendyl and Luke Bankson of Angleton, Texas; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.


      Dorothy was born and raised in the Wallis area, but at various points in her life she called Pasadena and Odessa, Texas her home. She returned to Orchard, Texas in 1962 and remained there for the latter part of her life.


      During her early days, Dorothy was involved in her father Frank Krenek’s Orchestra, at which time she played the banjo and drums, and would sometimes sing with them. Later, she would substitute for her sister, Marie Sulak, when she was unable to participate in the orchestra, which eventually became Syl Krenek’s Orchestra.


      Dorothy was a loving mother who liked to cook, even sharing her kolache making talents with her personal care home. The other residents loved her, and loved to laugh with her. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, and canning her vegetables, pickles, beets, green beans, and sauerkraut. She took pride in her flower beds. Dorothy loved to dance, and had a fondness for “steel guitar rag” type music. She also liked to travel, play bingo and hit the casinos at Coushatta, Las Vegas, and Mississippi. Being quite competitive, she liked to play cards, dominoes and “42”, and she did not like to lose, even to her grandchildren. An accomplished seamstress, Dorothy was able to make her own clothing without using a pattern. Dorothy and her mother, Albina Krenek, enjoyed hand-quilting items for themselves and various members of her family. She also loved to shop, especially at Foleys, Dillards, and Palais Royal. She would look at everything, check every price tag, try everything on, and then not buy anything, unless someone else was buying.


      Dorothy was a loving daughter to her father (“Taey”) and mother (“Momma”) and a loving sister to Claudie, Marie, and Syl. She spoke highly of her family and her extended families. She loved receiving cards and letters and cherished them with care.


      Many times while sitting around their mother’s table you would find Dorothy, Claudie, Marie, and Syl drinking coffee and seeing who could tell the best story; whether it was true or not made no difference. The Krenek clan knew how to tell a story and get a good laugh. This talent was passed on to many of the following generations.


      Dorothy is preceded in death by her first husband, Joe Bailey Spillars; her second husband, Arthur Lee (“Little”) Downs, and her third husband, (grade-school buddy) Felix Drymala; her parents, Frank and Albina Krenek; her sisters, Claudia Brejcha, Marie Sulak, and brother Syl Krenek.


      Visitation will be held ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬Wednesday, February 27, at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated at the Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Wallis with Reverend Thuy Quang Nguyen, celebrant, on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow thereafter in the Guardian Angel Cemetery in Wallis, Texas.


      Pallbearers will be Joe Spillars III, John Spillars, Michael Skinner, Jeff Bankson, Slade and Chase Skinner, and Natalie and John Spillars, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Kendyl and Luke Bankson, Jacob and Jason Spillars; and Jody, Jessica, and Julie Ann Spillars.


      Knesek Funeral Home in Wallis is in charge of the arrangements: www.knesekfuneralhome.com


      Many thanks are given to the Laboring with Loved Ones personal care home, the owners and staff for the loving care extended to Dorothy during the last months of her life. Many thanks also to the Ah-Med Hospice Care team for their services to Dorothy, her personal care staff and other residents, and our family.


      Knesek Funeral Home

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