obit: Dorothy Kollaja Newbury
Dorothy (Kollaja) Newbury died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, March 28, 2013. She was born April 3, 1928 in Ganado, Texas and was the only child of Jerome and Millie Kollaja. She had a true zest for life and was always ready with a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. Dorothy loved a good party and needed very little reason to celebrate.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio, TX. Her time at college led to a life-long love for San Antonio. After college she moved to Kerrville, TX to teach elementary school. While in Kerrville she met Harold Newbury on a blind date. They married in 1950 and were married for fifty-five and one-half years.
Dorothy and Harold settled in Austin in 1954, where she continued her teaching career at the newly-opened St Louis Catholic School. She loved teaching elementary school-aged kids, especially those in 3rd grade. A career change in 1975 led her to the attendance office at Lanier High School. She retired from the AISD school system in 1992. Dorothy's love for life, fun, and learning touched many students over the years, many of whom stayed in touch with her long after their school years were over.
Although Dorothy's greatest loves were her family and church, she had many other "loves". At the top was country music (especially Merle Haggard) and NASCAR (especially the Earnhardts and Kevin Harvick).
Dorothy is survived by her children Betsi Newbury, Jerry Newbury and wife Cindy, Judy Proctor, and Katie McCartan; 6 grandchildren, and 8 2/3 great-grandkids.
The family sends their sincerest thanks and love to all of the staff at the Austin Retirement and Nursing Center, who took extraordinary care of Mom during her last year.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening, on Monday, the 1st of April 2013, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. A Rosary will be recited at half past ten o'clock in the morning followed by a funeral mass to be celebrated at eleven o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 2nd of April, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society, 2433 Ridgepoint Drive, Suite B, Austin, Texas, 78754
or St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.
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