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OBIT – Dorothy Louise Hedges

1924 – 2018

HOUSTON – Dorothy Louise Balthrope Hedges, known also to the family as “Dottie,” was born on September 9, 1924, in Mission, Tex. The daughter of Edwin (Buddy) Balthrope and Amanda Natho Balthrope, she passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Houston Hospice, Houston, Tex.

Dorothy’s jobs in her lifetime were, ticket agent at the theatre in her hometown of Mission, Tex.; a caterer at Genevieve Jefferies’ house “Cactus Tea Room”; catering events such as the Rotary Clubs, etc.; a switch board operator for Ma Bell, aka South Western Bell; a passenger agent at an airline in Las Vegas, Nev.; and a full-time mother and homemaker. Her love of hobbies were cooking, knitting and sewing, restoring antique clocks and rock hunting.

She was married on April 5, 1946, to Eddie Clarence Hedges, who preceded her in death on May 1, 2004. She traveled throughout her lifetime in the United States and abroad. She enjoyed her time as an Air Force wife and met so many wonderful people in her travels. She enjoyed and loved rock hunting with Eddie, and working in their business, The Volcano Rock Shop, in Mission during retirement.

She is survived by three children, Eddie Clarence Hedges Jr., of Austin, Tex., William Brooks and Lynn Hedges of El Campo, Tex., and Jane Ann and John C. Anderson of Rosenberg, Tex.; fourteen grandchildren, and twenty-four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, June Hedges Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was deeply loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Special thanks go out to her doctor and nurses/care coordinator at Village Family Practice in Sugar Land, Tex., and the doctors, nurses/aides, Chaplains and social workers of Houston Hospice in Houston, Tex.

A memorial service was held privately, under the direction of The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Frwy., Sugar Land, TX. Dorothy’s final resting place will be next to her husband at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Mission, Tex.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030; the First Presbyterian Church of Mission, 1102 Ash Street, Mission, TX 78572 or online at; or to a charity of your choosing in her memory.

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