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Dorothy Nell Jerden

Dorothy Nell Jerden

Funeral service for Dorothy Nell Jerden, 87, of Morton, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, at First Baptist Church in Morton, with Bro. Rush Coffman of Morton, officiating.

Burial will follow in the Morton Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home of Morton.

Dorothy took her first breath in Heaven in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 16, 2020, in Morton.

She was born October 29, 1932, to Walter and Effie Hayter Taylor in Morton.

Dorothy married Winston Jerden July 7, 1950, in Morton.

She was a lifelong resident of Morton, where she and her husband of 65 years, raised their family.

Over the years, she worked at Forest Lumber Company, Morton ISD and the flower shop.

Dorothy was raised in the First Baptist Church where her parents were founding members.

She tended the church nursery for over 20 years and spent many volunteer hours as a proud deacon’s wife.

She and her husband were active members of the community.
Dorothy’s greatest passion, however, was much more creative and one she shared with her grandchildren and many others in the community.

She was an excellent oil painter, crafter and an exceptional florist. The beauty she created touched the lives of so many.

At the end of the day, Dorothy was happiest surrounded by her beloved family and friends, whether it was a camping trip, working out at the farm or spending time at the Senior Center.

While we mourn our loss of such an incredible woman, we also rejoice in her life, her memory and her light that shines down on us from Heaven.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Winston; parents; an infant daughter, Kerry Ann; and three sisters: Clara Daniels, Pat White and Lura Smith.

Dorothy is survived by her three daughters: Becky Kennedy and husband, Martin, of Willis, Tobie Gattis and husband, Randy, of Morton and Kim Escobar and husband, Richard, of Amarillo; sister, Jimmie Buchanan of Corsicana, Texas; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge, 3511 10th Street, Lubbock, Texas, 79415; Texas Home Health Hospice, 5201 Indiana Avenue, Suite 200, Lubbock, Texas, 79413; or First Baptist Church, 202 SE 1st Street, Morton, Texas, 79346.

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