Dr. Dolly Irene Thiem-Escobedo

April 23, 1945 - November 10, 2019
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Dr. Dolly Irene Thiem-Escobedo, 74, of Galveston, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019.  She was born April 23, 1945, in Galveston, and graduated from Ball High School with the class of 1963.  Dolly began her collegiate studies at Lamar Tech in Beaumont, where she received a BS in Home Economics.  She then attended Texas Woman’s University, graduating with both an MS and a Ph.D. in Child Development.  From there, Dolly began a teaching career that spanned decades and impacted the lives of countless children all over the country.  Most of her career was spent as a teacher on either a high school or college level, however she also owned a day care and eventually retired as the Chairman of the Child Development Department and the Director of the Children’s Center at San Jacinto College.  As Dolly fought a long and courageous battle with cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, it is only fitting that after her retirement, Dolly became an ombudsman for the Mayor’s Council of the City of Galveston as an advocate for senior citizens and the disabled.

During her tenure at San Jacinto College, Dolly met Miguel Escobedo one night at a Luby’s Cafeteria.  He became the love of her life, and they took many wonderful trips together to Europe and Mexico.  Dolly considered it a privilege to be the godmother to Katherine Sheppard Albers (Morales) and Benjamin Everts Albers.  She would also want to be remembered as the devoted mother to her three beloved poodles, Francoise, Phoebe, and Gypsy.

Dolly was preceded in death by her parents, Richard J. and Dolly Irene Thiem, as well as her husband, Miguel Escobedo.

She is survived by her brother, Richard J. Thiem, Jr. and wife, Dodie; nieces and nephews: Ronda King, Traci Hayes, and James Stockton, Sr. and their families; and close friends, John and Cathy Carter and their daughter, Cambrye; as well as many other friends and relatives.

Dolly’s family will receive visitors beginning at 9:30 am, Friday, November 15, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.  Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am at the funeral home.  Graveside service will begin at 1:30 pm at Grand View Cemetery in Pasadena, TX.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Hayes, Corey Hayes, Nate King, Josh Ahmed, James Stockton, Jr., and Herbie Frankovich.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, TX 77550, or to the Arthritis Foundation www.arthritis.org/donate.


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Date: Friday, November 15, 2019

Time: 9:30 am

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Date: Friday, November 15, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm

Grandview Memorial Park Cemetery, 8501 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX.

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Born: April 23, 1945
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Peggy Sue Owens posted on 11/15/19

We loved Dolly for her energetic spirit and love of children. We will miss her flashy smile and consistent wisdom. Dr. Peggy Sue Owens and Dr. Mike Owens


John E. Broughton, Jr. posted on 11/14/19

we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family..


Jill Pehnke posted on 11/14/19

Sweet Dolly❤️ She was always so funny. I miss her smile. Love, Jill


Corky Dyer posted on 11/14/19

Dolly was a true trooper. She was one of my favorite cousins. when we would come to Texas for vacation, she would find something special for me to do. I loved talking and being with her. So much fun. My condolences to her brother, sister-in-law and all of her family and friends. May you have peace from God and he covers you with his hand at this time.


Traci, Kevin, & Corey Hayes posted on 11/13/19

We will miss you Aunt Dolly but I know you're running, jumping, and dancing around now...something you have not been able to do for a long time. Rest in peace and we love you.


John N Hall posted on 11/13/19

I will always remember that sweet smile from Ball High (Class of ‘63). And, such a wonderful person. 😢


Jim Battistoni posted on 11/13/19

May she find ever lasting peace from her pain and suffering in the arms of a loving God. Goodbye classmate.


ALBERT Choate posted on 11/13/19

So sorry to hear of the passing of our classmate Dolly.


Barbara Beaulieu Segura posted on 11/13/19

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Dolly with great fondness. She was beautiful and funny. As children, our mothers, who were friends from the VFW and USO dances, put us into Miss McKinna's dance classes. Dolly and I performed a "Pretty Baby " tap routine together on the stage at Menard park, wearing white organdy dresses , big red bows, and too much make-up. Since we went to different junior highs, we didn't meet again until high school. Dolly was the prettiest girl with the best personality. One night Dolly Senior let us have a slumber party and we did the usual silly girl things. While around Dolly and Cheryl decided to moon some boys at a drive in. I was too "chicken". After Dolly Senior went to bed, we sneaked down to the corner to watch the police action going on at the famous Aztec Bar on the Strand. We all came back, jumped in the bed in the back bedroom, and kept "Sluggo" awake. Good memories. The last time I saw Dolly was at graduation. We took different paths, but both ended up majoring in Home Economics and Child Development. My last thought is of how much she admired her brother. She was always excited to tell us what Sluggo was up to. Again, I am so sorry for your lost. I will always Dolly with the cute little voice and keep her in my heart.


Traci, Kevin, and Corey Hayes posted on 11/12/19

I love and will miss you Aunt Dolly but I know you’re running around, jumping up and down, and dancing for the first time in a long time. Rest In Peace.