Dorothy Esteline Funderburg Mercer, a native-Texan and 12 year resident of Weatherford, died on Thursday, April 20 at Brookdale Weatherford.
Born in Hereford in 1920, Dorothy started her career as an Assistant Cashier at First National Bank of Hereford, and then went on to become the Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools in Hereford for 27 years, retiring in 1983. During this time, she was an officer for the Texas Educational Secretaries Association, and a Sunday School teacher at the First Baptist Church.
Dorothy married James Mercer in May of 1944, after the two met while James was stationed with the US Army at the Hereford Prisoner of War Camp. They had one daughter, Ann Mercer Sims, and she and her husband Gil Sims are residents of Weatherford. Dorothy and Jim loved to travel and made a point of visiting all 50 states together over the years. In 2005, they relocated to Weatherford to be closer to Ann, Gil and the extended family. After settling in to Weatherford Town Center, they both became members of First Baptist Church of Weatherford and Dorothy greatly enjoyed being a member of the Priscilla Class. James died in July 2008.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law of Weatherford; granddaughter, Kellie Lowder and husband, Mike, of Fort Worth; grandson, Charlie Sims and wife, Kym, of Keller, their two sons Carson (9) and Connor (6), who brought her countless hours of joy in her later years; nieces, Sandra Feagan and Carolyn Keene; nephew, Arthur Housley, and her extended family of great nieces, great nephews, their children, and many others who loved their Aunt Dorothy. In addition, the family of residents and staff at Brookdale Weatherford were an important part of her life, and we thank them for their love and friendship while Dorothy was a resident.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude's, Make-A-Wish, or the charity of your choice.
Visitation will be on Monday the 24th at Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Home in Weatherford from 6-7 p.m. Services will be held on Tuesday the 25th at 10:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Weatherford, followed by burial at the DFW National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, TX.
Published on April 21, 2017