Dorothy Perry

Obituary of Dorothy Louise Perry



            Dorothy L. Perry, born in Odonnell, Texas, won her eternal rest when she fell asleep in the Lord, on November 12, 2023, after her battle with cancer. Though she will be dearly missed, she leaves behind an everlasting legacy of unwavering faith and love still present in her remaining family. All through her illness, she held onto her faith and accepted the will of her Lord and Savior bravely when He called her home to accept her crown and mansion in eternity. Dorothy made her home in Albuquerque with her family for the last fifty plus years.


      Preceding her eternal rest is her mother Dorothy Merritt, mother-in-law Louise Parks, brother Edward Harris, Brother-in-law Tommy Hilliard, son Tyrone E. Carter, daughter Cynthia Carter-Brashears, grandsons Dashonn Miller, Lavelle Clark, and Jeffrey L. Perry and her granddaughter Dovie L. Winters.


                Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 52 years Cleaon Perry, her favorite fishing partner and her daughters Patricia E. Carter, Connie Carter, Carolyn Perry, and Deena Perry, grandson Kenyatta Harris, all of Albuquerque, and granddaughter Jamaya L. Winters of Katy, Texas and many great grandchildren. Dorothy spent most of her life spreading the good news of Jesus and was instrumental in helping to bring many, many souls back to Christ with her unshakeable faith and love for the Father.


      While Dorothy’s vision was good, she enjoyed reading her One Year Bible daily and faithfully. On occasion, after completing her yearly reading, she would jot down the year on the inside cover before starting again. When her eyes started to dim, as the bible said would happen, the family would read to her.


      Dorothy loved bowling and was on several bowling leagues earlier in life but fishing was her favorite thing to do with her husband and friends at any fishing hole they would travel to. There were times that one of her children or a family friend could not reach her on the phone and they would become worried. When contact was finally made, she would simply say, “I’m fine, I went fishing!”


      If you stopped by the house to visit for a bit, you could expect to be fed because she loved to cook and feeding people was her love language.  Whether she fed you in her home or if you were lucky enough to go fishing with them, she would feed you at their campsite, you would eat well and be filled. You would also hear about the love that Christ has for you and inevitably be invited to church with the family.


      On one of those fishing trips, Dorothy had her granddaughters Dovie and Jamaya with her and Cleaon. When it was time for lunch, Dorothy made hamburgers with all of the fixings. If Dorothy made hamburgers at home, or on the lake in this case, they were about the size of a bread-and-butter plate, like the hamburgers used to be at Lota Burger back in the day. Her granddaughters talked for weeks about how BIG the hamburgers were and that they never had a hamburger that big before in their lives! The girls genuinely enjoyed that weekend with their grandparents on the lake and it made for a beautiful, lasting memory.


                One legacy of many, for Dorothy, will be that she had four of her six children answer the door of their hearts and accept Christ as their Lord and savior, being baptized into Christs’ Church. Not only her children or family members answered that knock at the door but many friends and some strangers she would meet anywhere she went.



Her family and friends have no doubt that she will hear these words:


“Well done, good and faithful servant.”  

Matthew 25:23





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