Dottie J. Moore passed away on August 2 at UTMB in Galveston. Born in January 1929, Dottie was a BOI, raised by her grandparents, Bienvenue and Anna Moore, who ran a corner grocery store at 14th and Ave. L. She often reminisced about delivering groceries to customers on her bicycle. Growing up during the war years, she did her patriotic duty by scanning the skies for enemy planes with the civil air patrol, and watching for U boats off the seawall.
Dottie was a 1945 Ball High School graduate, and valedictorian of her 1952 class from St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Louisiana State University and practiced pediatric nursing at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. She often told of her harrowing experience as the only RN on the night shift in charge of a ward of 80 children!
Returning to Texas in 1961, she began her 25 year employment with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston. She rose from staff nurse to Vice President of Nursing during her tenure there, and was much beloved by the hundreds of nurses whom she directed and for whom she so fiercely advocated.
Dottie’s retirement allowed her to follow her beloved Astros on the screen and on the field, win or lose. She loved boating and fishing, and especially enjoyed the beauty of sunsets on the bay while accompanied by friends and dogs. There were many dogs over the years that were loved and deeply spoiled by Dottie. Many, many of them are crossing that rainbow bridge now to greet her.
Having been flooded out twice by tropical storms and needing to find a refuge for herself and her animals, Dottie purchased a wooded hillside in Centerville, Texas. She loved mowing the “back 40” with her Kubota tractor and feeding and watching her squirrels and deer. Dottie’s friends have memories of many years of being hosted and fed at her house. Her spaghetti and potato salad were legendary.
She is survived by friend and partner Susan Tyler and her god children Tyler and Tim Langenkamp and their families; by cousins Betty Johnson, Wally Overly and Fred Moore; and by her amazing swimming Boston terrier Sunny, Charlie the Australian cattle dog, Fudge the springer spaniel, Baby Bird the cockatiel, and Toby, the luckiest rescue dog ever. Last but not least, she will be deeply missed and long remembered by her many dear friends.
Services for Dottie will be held at 1pm on Monday, August 6th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston. The church is located at 14th Street and Broadway.