Dorothy Jane (Guinn) Modisette passed away peacefully on January 9, 2020. Dorothy was born in Cushing, Texas on February 15, 1923 to Paul Holden Guinn and Lucy Alice Guinn. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, Burl Chauncey Modisette. She was the fourth of the five Guinn Girls. She is predeceased by sisters Pauline (Mark) Jones and Alice (Ray) Parrish. She is survived by sisters Louise (Gene) Ramsey and Margaret (Harold) Hoelscher.
Dorothy grew up in Cushing, Marshall, Angleton, Rusk, and Lufkin, Texas. She came to live with her Aunt Dickie (Sue Bullock) in Cushing at age 15. She assisted her aunt in working the switchboard for Bell Telephone in Cushing, eventually moving to Lufkin to work for Bell there. She met Burl in Lufkin, the beginning of their great love story. They married in San Diego in 1942 where Burl was stationed in the US Navy prior to his shipping out to the war in the Pacific. Their first son Robert was born in San Diego in 1943, the second son Danny came along in 1947 in Lufkin, the third son Pat was born in 1959 in Silsbee, and their daughter Mollie followed in 1963 in Silsbee.
Dorothy was a devoted wife, loving mother, treasured friend, and sacrificial community volunteer throughout her life. Her faith was front and center in all that she did. She taught Sunday School for over 60 years in both the Baptist and Methodist churches. She was active in Woman's Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Women. Dorothy was a leader, serving as president of the Silsbee Women’s Club and Literary Club. She enjoyed multiple bridge clubs as well.
Burl and Dorothy provided the foundation for a growing and loving family. Their children and their spouses; Robert and Jan Modisette, Danny and Susan Modisette, Pat and Tim Blanchard-Modisette, and Doug and Mollie Dixon blessed Burl and Dorothy with grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren numbering over 40 and counting. Her legacy lives in the joy that each child brings to the family.
Dorothy was a life-long Democrat. One of her passions was feeding the poor. She asked that you consider a contribution to Feeding America or your local food bank in her memory.
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