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May 05, 2018

7:42 AM CT

    John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

    Dorothy Delta Debord October 24, 1922 - April 29, 2018 (Age 95)

    Dorothy Debord, Age 95, photo taken January, 2018

    Dorothy Delta (Massey) Debord 

    October 24, 1922 - April 29, 2018 (Age 95)

       Dorothy Delta Debord died peacefully on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Christian Care Center in Mesquite, Texas, which she called home for the past seven years. She was Ninety-Five years old.

     She is survived by her son Randy and his wife Monica, grandson Daniel Debord, granddaughter Devon Heidel and her husband Brandon, all from Sugar Land, Tx., stepdaughters Connie Schaffner and husband Sam from Wichita Falls, TX., and  Sharon Williams-Hylton of Oklahoma City, OK., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

     She was a member of North Liberty Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

    Dorothy was born on October 24, 1922, in the in the rural farming area of Hutchins, Tx. She grew up in a small, wooden farmhouse with no running water.

     She was the 8th child of nine between Florence Edna King and William Allan Massey and is preceded in death by all. They were a hard-working, sun-up to sun-down farming family.

     She had a tight-knit bond with all her brothers and sisters, but her connection to her sisters Emma Louise and Mary Beatrice was especially close. Their lives were beautifully intertwined in a way that is rare today.

     As a child at the height of the Great Depression, she was forced to drop out of school in the fourth grade to work the family farm. She learned that life was hard but working hard was part of life. Her motto was "you gotta keep movin'," of which she did her entire life. 

     Even at age 95, her day began with her usual 'rounds.' After making her bed, putting on her make-up, then fixing her hair, she would 'make the rounds' of Christian Care Center, stopping to visit with everyone along the way. Afterward, she attended the daily exercise classes.

    The Massey family; Upper left - Lonnie, Johnny, Emma Louise, Pauline Pearl, William Taylor, Wylie. Bottom left - Dorothy Delta, Bessie Lee, Mary Beatrice

     Dorothy proudly worked at Plastic Manufacturing Company in Dallas, Texas, for over sixteen years as a machine operator. The "Pill Machine" as she called it - would mix the plastic pellets into a "pill" shape to later  be "pressed" into plates, cups, or bowls. With her employee discount, everybody in the family had some type of plastic dishware in their kitchen cabinets, and probably still do. Her sister Emma Louise worked with her for a while, as did her son Randy.

    Plates made by Dorothy.

      Dorothy had a life-long love of gardening and being outdoors. After working her shift at PMC, she would come home, change clothes and spend the rest of the afternoon outside "piddling around" as she liked to call it.

      Every season she grew some of the sweetest, juiciest tomatoes you ever tasted.  She would harvest 20+ tomato plants a year along with onions, squash, peppers, okra, watermelon, cantaloupe, and more. She would always share with friends and family. 

    She raised fruits and vegetables everywhere she lived: Peaches, Plums, Figs, and even Grapes are being enjoyed today by total strangers due to her efforts - and she would be glad knowing they weren't going to waste.

     She wasted nothing. If there were fruits or vegetables remaining, she would 'can' them - making jellies, jams, crushed tomatoes, and pickles.

    Dorothy Debord with some of her home-grown vegetables.

    Dorothy Debord - Dallas, TX. (Connor Dr.)

    Dorothy Debord - Sulphur Springs, TX.

      She was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan during the Tom Landry/Roger Staubach days. She watched every game, and knew every player. If you sat next to her when Roger was scrambling... you might have a bruise on your arm from her swinging away and yelling at Roger to "throw that ball!"

       Every Sunday, Dorothy and her sisters would spend hours preparing Sunday Dinner for everyone to share. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas they made home-made chocolate, coconut, and pecan pies, as well as divinity candy, fudge, and brownies. 

      Dorothy always prepared the turkey and dressing. She used a roaster that she brought out just for special occasions. Her specialty was the dressing; A mix of cornbread and toasted white bread, onions, celery, cream of chicken, cream of celery, cream of mushroom, turkey broth, giblets, hard-boiled eggs, and just the right amount of sage. 

    Dorothy Debord, Mary Beatrice Massey, Emma Louise Codara

      There were few things Dorothy enjoyed more than "Garage sale-ing." She would spend all day Saturday driving from one garage sale to the next.

    This was a social network through which she met many new friends and kept up-to-date on how others were doing.

    Dorothy Debord - Garage sale, Sulphur Springs, Tx.

    She led her life in a peaceful, loving way - and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

       Our family would like to thank the Codara family of Red Oak, Texas (Robert, Joyce, Stephen, and Stephanie) for your continued visitation, care, and love for Dorothy through the years. She loved you and the time together. She always looked forward to seeing you, and the treats you brought her.

    Our family would also like to thank the Codara family of Garland, Texas (Steve, Stephanie, Sergei, and Vadym) for the care, love, and countless Friday night dinners at Red Lobster and The Flying Fish. She loved y'all very much.

    Thank you to all our family and friends who have been there for us.

    We want to thank Christian Care Center - Mesquite:   Doctor Asher, the Nursing Teams and their aides, and the Hospice Care Team and their aides for the countless acts of care and kindness. 

    The Pastoral Team for helping us during our time of grief. To Pastor Kimberly Morgan for the joy you brought Mom with your beautiful voice singing her favorite - How great Thou art, as you gently held her hand. To Pastor Ray Hunter for the many bedside prayers you delivered to Mom to comfort her and prepare her for the afterlife. 

    To Social Services, the staff's of the Kitchen, the Beauty Shop, the Laundry, Transportation, Rehabilitation, Housekeeping, Maintenance, and the entire staff of Christian Care Center, Mesquite Roberts Building - thank you.

    We want to thank the Saturn Road Church of Christ family - Peace and Comfort Ministry.

    We want to thank the families of residents who stopped by to visit with Mom.

    We want to thank Activities for taking Dorothy to the State Fair and the effort that so many went through to make that happen;  For the trips to the Hill Country to see the Bluebonnets; The tours of Blue Bell Creamery, and for the trips to see the Texas Rangers.

    We want to thank Gerta Deangelo at reception; Thank you for being a good listener to Dorothy. You were a sweet and reassuring friend that always made her smile.

    Every one of you made her time there an absolutely loving and beautiful experience. 

    It will be impossible to thank you all personally but know our entire family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you've done through the years in loving Dorothy, and keeping her safe, comfortable, and happy.


    A Celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at:

    Christian Care Center - Mesquite (Church chapel)

    1000 Wiggins Pkwy, Mesquite, Tx.

    DATE: Saturday, May 05, 2018

    TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Pastor Kimberly Morgan 

    First Reading by Steve Codara - Psalm 23

    How Great Thou Art - Sung by Kimberly Morgan

    Second Reading by Devon Heidel


    A funeral procession will begin at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home,

    DATE:  Saturday, May 05, 2018

    TIME: 2:30 PM 

    Location: Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home

    419 Gilmer St.

    Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482


    Mount Sterling Cemetery, Hopkins County, TX.

    DATE:  Saturday, May 05, 2018

    TIME: 3:00 PM 

    From Sulphur Springs, Texas go North on highway 154 approx. four (4) miles. Turn right on Farm Road 1537. Go approx. four (4) miles to North Liberty church, turn North on County Road 3511, then to the cemetery on east side of the road - approx. 1/8 mile. 

    Officiant: Bruce Stinson

    First reading, Devon Heidel: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

    Song: How great though art

    Second reading, Steve Codara: Psalm 23

    Song: When the roll is called up yonder  

    Pallbearers: Daniel Debord, Brandon Heidel, Stephen Codara, Sergei Codara, Vadym Codara, and Stephanie Codara.

    In lieu of flowers:

         We ask that you hug a loved one and tell them that you love them. 

         We ask that you walk in peace and lead a peaceful life, like she did. 

         We ask that you take time to care for others, like she did.

         We ask that you care for all living things, like she did. 

    How Great Thou Art lyrics

    O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder

    Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made

    I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder

    Thy power throughout the universe displayed

    Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

    How great Thou art, how great Thou art

    Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

    How great Thou art, how great Thou art

    And when I think of God, His Son not sparing

    Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in

    That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing

    He bled and died to take away my sin

    Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

    How great Thou art, how great Thou art

    Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee

    How great Thou art, how great Thou art

    When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation

    And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart

    Then I shall bow with humble adoration

    And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art

     In the Garden Anne Murray

    I come to the garden alone

    While the dew is still on the roses

    And the voice I hear, falling on my ear

    The Son of God discloses

    And He walks with me

    And He talks with me

    And He tells me I am His own

    And the joy we share as we tarry there

    None other has ever known

    He speaks and the sound

    of His voice Is so sweet

    the birds hush their singing

    And the melody that He gave

    to me Within my heart is ringing

    And He walks with me

    And He talks with me

    And He tells me I am His own

    And the joy we share as we tarry there

    None other has ever known

    I'd stay in the garden with Him

    'Tho the night around me be falling

    But He bids me go; through the voice of woe

    His voice to me is calling

    And He walks with me

    And He talks with me

    And He tells me I am His own

    And the joy we share as we tarry there

    None other has ever known

    When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder

    When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,

    And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair

    When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,

    And the roll is called up yonder, I?ll be there

    When the roll, is called up yon-der,

    When the roll, is called up yon-der,

    When the roll, is called up yon-der,

    When the roll is called up yonder I?ll be there

    On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise,

    And the glory of His resurrection share

    When His chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies,

    And the roll is called up yonder, I?ll be there

    When the roll, is called up yon-der,

    When the roll, is called up yon-der,

    When the roll, is called up yon-der,

    When the roll is called up yonder I?ll be there

    Let us labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun,

    Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care

    Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done,

    And the roll is called up yonder, I?ll be there

    When the roll, is called up yon-der,

    When the roll, is called up yon-der,

    When the roll, is called up yon-der,

    When the roll is called up yonder I?ll be there

    How Great Thou Art

    Sometimes I wonder

    When the roll is called up yonder

    In the Garden

    Psalm 23

     The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

        He makes me lie down in green pastures,

    he leads me beside quiet waters,

         he refreshes my soul.

    He guides me along the right paths

       for his name’s sake.

     Even though I walk

       through the darkest valley,

    I will fear no evil,

       for you are with me;

    your rod and your staff,

       they comfort me.

     You prepare a table before me

       in the presence of my enemies.

    You anoint my head with oil;

       my cup overflows.

     Surely your goodness and love will follow me

       all the days of my life,

    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


    ~ Amen

    2 Corinthians 4:16-18

    Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    ~ The word of the Lord

    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

    To every thing there is a season,

     and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

    A time to be born, a time to die;

     a time to plant, and a time to pick that which is planted;

    a time to kill and a time to heal,

    a time to tear down and a time to build,

    a time to weep and a time to laugh,

    a time to mourn and a time to dance,

    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

    a time to search and a time to give up,

    a time to keep and a time to throw away,

    a time to tear and a time to mend,

    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

    a time to love and a time to hate,

    a time for war and a time for peace.

    The word of the Lord

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