Dorothy Maceo passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family this Wednesday evening, October 10, 2012. Dorothy was born on November 18, 1918 in Beaumont Texas to Mrs. Corinne Sapp and Mr. Frank Middleton. She moved to Galveston when she was quite young and lived nearly her entire life on the Island, which she considered her home.
Dancing was Dorothy’s passion. She was a beautiful and graceful dancer. She loved ballet, tap, and ball room dancing to the orchestras who played at the Balinese and Hollywood Dinner Club. After she graduated from Ursuline Academy, she opened a dancing school in the grand ballroom of her home. She loved teaching young children the art of dance. She was the kindest, friendliest, and most gentle lady one could ever meet.
Dorothy married Rosario.S. Maceo, Sr. on November 29, 1939. She often told the story that when he saw a picture in the newspaper of her and her dance studio he immediately told his mother this was to be his wife. They celebrated 70 years together in 2009. They were together for a lifetime and now will be together for eternity. Dorothy and R.S.’s love brought forth four children, Thomas F. Maceo, R. S. Maceo, Jr., Olivia Maceo Weekley, and Ronald A. Maceo. Dorothy’s family was the most important thing in her life.
Dorothy was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Church and volunteered there for many years. Dorothy loved people, and everyone she met was a true friend.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Olivia Maceo Weekley, and a son, Ronald A. Maceo. She has seven grandchildren: Stratton R. Weekley, Michael B. McShane, Frank T. Maceo, Corinne Prestridge, Ryan E. Weekley, Cassidy Witt, and Concetta A. Maceo. Dorothy also has five great-grandchildren: Araceli Weekley, Dustin Prestridge, Peyton Witt, Steven Weekley & Kinley Witt.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband and two sons. Dorothy will be sincerely missed by her family, friends, and all of those who loved her.
The family would like to thank Darlene Cooper for her friendship and faithful service to both Dorothy and R.S. Maceo in their time of need.
Donations, in lieu to flowers, may be sent to The Galveston Ballet, 2301 Market, Galveston, TX 77550 and Hospice Care Team, Inc , 1708 North Amburn Road, Texas City, TX 77591.
Services will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Galveston on Monday October 15, 2012 with Father Frank Fabj, Mrs Maceo’s nephew, officiating. A rosary will be recited at 11:00 am and Mass at 1:00 pm with graveside services immediately following at Galveston Memorial Cemetery located in Hitchcock, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Stratton R. Weekley, Michael B. McShane, Frank T. Maceo, Ryan E. Weekley , Pat Brady and Ron Sapio.