Dorothy Louise Webster, affectionately known as Dottie, died Tuesday morning, August 16, 2011, one day after her 88th birthday, at John Sealy Hospital. A kind and gentle lady, she always had a smile for everyone.
Mrs. Webster was born in Galveston on August 15, 1923 and was very proud to be a BOI (Born on the Island). Her mother, Irene Scheel LaCoume, moved to Galveston as a young girl in 1912 and was a descendent of German pioneer settlers in Fayette and Colorado Counties while Texas was still a Republic. Her father, Clarence LaCoume also a BOI, and her grandparents were survivors of the Great 1900 Storm.
After graduating from Ball High School in 1940, she began working as a secretary in the shipping industry. She was employed for many years by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and later Strahn Shipping of Galveston. Prior to her retirement, she worked for Judge Tommy Youngblood.
Mrs. Webster married Sydney John (Buddy) Webster on April 11, 1953, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston and they remained happily married for 50 years until his death in 2003. She was a member of Trinity Church from the time she was a young child until her death.
Both Mrs. Webster and her husband were active in the Noon Optimist Club for many years where Mr. Webster was a Life Member and Mrs. Webster was a strong supporter of the club through the Opti-Mrs.
Mrs. Webster will be greatly missed by family and friends. Her compassion for others is evident in the many organizations which she supported. While quiet and soft spoken, she was also a very strong person of tremendous faith. When her home was flooded during hurricane Ike and most of her possessions destroyed, she began a highly organized and effective recovery effort which had her back in her home in only three months.
She is preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Irene LaCoume, her husband Sydney John Webster, and her sister, Lorraine Saenz. She is survived by her niece and goddaughter Linda Macdonald and her husband William K. of Galveston; great-niece Keitha Clopper, her husband David and their children Hannah and Miriam of Potomac, Maryland; great-nephew Kenneth L. Macdonald and his wife Priscilla Hampton of Portland, Oregon. Also, a sister-in-law, Patricia Renfro and her husband Jim of Plano, Texas; brother-in-law Charles R. Webster and his wife Peggy of Madison, Mississippi and their children and spouses, Elizabeth Hathaway, Penny and Donald Lewis, Cherie and John Morris, David Wald, Margaret and John Gowan, Richard and Ann Webster, Charles and Caroline Webster, Pamela Webster Claypool and Lynn and Frank Fillingham.
Visitation will be Thursday, August18, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, August 19, 2011, at the funeral home with the Rev. Lillian Hyde officiating. Burial will follow at Galveston County Memorial Cemetery in Hitchcock.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston.