Dorothy Jo Hallford Jackson, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, passed away on Good Friday, April 7, 2023, at the age of 99 years 8 months, at Baylor Scott & White Hospice in Temple, Texas. Funeral services will be at 10 A.M. Thursday, April 13, at First Baptist Church Chapel of Amarillo with Dr. Howard K. Batson presiding. Burial will follow the service at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Dorothy was born on July 4, 1923, in Brownwood, Texas, to Arla Edward and Willie (Couch) Hallford. She was the eldest of four lovely girls. From the time she was born, she was a bundle of energy with some mischief thrown in. She was a scholar, but also played on the girl’s basketball team. She was valedictorian of her graduating class and attended Howard Payne College. Dorothy met her future husband, Homer, on a blind date, and they were happily married and inseparable for the next fifty-eight years, until Homer’s death in 2004. They had two daughters, Donna and Judy, and doted on them their entire lives, giving them a wonderful, idyllic childhood. Dorothy was the ultimate mother, always at their schools being a room mother or president of the PTA, at home baking and cooking delicious meals, sewing dresses for every occasion, keeping a perfect house…she did it all. She also loved to work in her yard and always had beautiful flowers and a bountiful vegetable garden. When her grandchildren came along, she created the perfect second-home for them. There was nowhere they would rather be than “Mamma and Papa’s house.” Her grandchildren adored the ground she walked on.
They were spoiled beyond belief and loved every single second of it. Her door was always open and they were always welcome. Dorothy was family-famous for her homemade rolls and delicious pies. She loved celebrations, holidays and birthday parties and made them special with decorations, games, prizes, food and fun galore.
Dorothy was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Amarillo where she taught and directed first grade Sunday School for many years. Every Sunday was an adventure in learning Bible stories, crafting, singing and playing Bible games. She taught children’s Sunday School throughout her life, finally retiring at the age of seventy only because she could “no longer hear the children’s sweet voices.”
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Homer, her daughter, Judy Jones, her parents Arla and Willie Hallford, and her sisters Billie Hays and Patricia Williams.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna Terrell and son-in-law Ken, Salado, TX; her sister Lou Helen White, Durant, OK.; her granddaughter Tracee Cummins and husband Marty, Georgetown, TX; her granddaughter Loren Hipskind and husband Josh, Sevierville, TN; her granddaughter Heather Lambert and husband Eric, Sevierville, TN; her grandson Trent Terrell and wife Rosemary, Temple, TX; and her grandson Chris Jackson and wife Kaci, Amarillo. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Annabeth, Alex and Jonathan Cummins; Morgan Lynch and husband Brennan; Kaleb and Paige Hipskind; Sydney and Harper Atchley; Eliza, Liam, and Violet Terrell; and Alyssa and Mady Jackson.
She is a finally survived by two great-great grandchildren, Willow and Grey Lynch, and nieces and nephews, Hank, Patsy, Garry, Jo, Becky, Mackie and Janice whom she adored.
Memorials may be made to Children’s Ministry, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, TX, or to Baylor Scott & White Hospice, Temple, TX.