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Dorothy Elizabeth Reeves

December 28, 2012
The Mining Journal

LAMESA, Texas - Dorothy Elizabeth Reeves, 88, of Lamesa, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Covenant's Palliative Medicine Unit in Lubbock.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Lamesa with Chris Powell officiating. Burial will follow in Lamesa Memorial Park under the direction of Branon Funeral Home.

Dorothy was born on April 5, 1924, in Marquette County, Michigan to Rudolph and Alina (Peterson) Johnson. She graduated from Negaunee High School in 1942.

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Dorothy Elizabeth Reeves

She married Thomas Cecil Reeves on November 9, 1945, in Mobile, Alabama. He preceded her in death on December 1, 2003. They were married 58 years.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was baptized on August 22, 1948, in Lamesa.

Dorothy was a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida and was issued the World War II Victory Medal on September 5, 1947. Prior to the Navy she was a welder for General Electric.

She was an artist and enjoyed painting in oils and acrylics along with sketching. She kept a journal of her life over the years to the delight of her children and grandchildren. All of her work will be treasured.

Do-rothy was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Johnson.

She is survived by her children, Glenn Reeves and wife, Betty of Borger, Earl Reeves and wife, Kathy of Lamesa, Alan Reeves and wife, Marcia of Lamesa, Renee Hedgecoke and husband, Mikey of De Soto, and Thomas Reeves Jr. and wife, Kathy of Lamesa; sisters Mable Gratkins of Chicago, Illinois, and Alice Wertanen of Negaunee, Michigan; and brother Robert Johnson of Negaunee, Michigan. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her son, Thomas Reeves Jr., and grandsons, Michael Reeves, Jason Reeves, Colby Reeves, Kyle Simpson, Nathan Reeves and Aaron Reeves.

The family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Foundation.

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