OBIT – Betty Dondlinger

MISSION – Betty Jean Daniel Dondlinger, 85, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.

Mrs. Dondlinger was born in Mission and was a graduate of Mission High School. She earned a degree in elementary education from Texas Christian University and taught kindergarten and first grade for over 10 years. She married W. S. “Bill” Dondlinger in 1953, and they were married for 59 years before his passing. After returning to the Rio Grande Valley in 1956, she assisted her husband in his businesses and later embarked on a 28-year career in fashion.

In her community service, she held various roles in PTA, Booster clubs, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She served on the boards of the Canterbury Middle School, Hidalgo County Cotillion Club and Tip of Texas Girl Scout Council. She was also active in the Mission Junior Service League, Mission Study Club and Friends of the Library. She was a member of PEO, Chapter GH.

Survivors include her children, Melinda Bosquez of McAllen, Richard Dondlinger of McAllen and Paul Dondlinger of Houston; brother, Robert Daniel Jr. of Houston; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Robert Daniel and Alfreda Borchers Daniel; siblings Sidney Daniel, Margurite Jenkins, Guy Daniel, Cicero Daniel, Mae Jones, Roberta Daniel and Dorothy McAfee.

A graveside service was held on Dec. 29 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission. Walter James Buzzini IV officiated. Her nephews served as honorary pallbearers.

The family requested that memorial gifts be made to C.A.M.P. University, P. O. Box 2294, McAllen, TX 78502 or at campuniversity.org; to the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease, P. O. Box 5839, Austin TX 78763 or at dkrfund.org; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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