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Dottye Richardson Maines Death / Obituary – We learnt that a great teacher, Dottye Richardson Maines was pronounced dead on July 17, 2020, following complications from Covid-19.

Dottye Richardson died of coronavirus at the age of 81 with family, friends and loved ones left in total devastation. Our prayers, thoughts condolences are with the loved ones of the deceased for the great loss. Below is the statement written on her obituary which she wrote by herself before she passed away. Rest well.

It pains me to admit this, but apparently, I have passed away. Everyone told me it would happen one day, but that’s simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience. Once again, I didn’t get things my way! That’s been the story of my life.
And while on that subject (the story of my life)…on August 23, 1938 my parents celebrated my birth in Coral Gables, Florida, and I was introduced as Dorothy Louise AKA Dottye Lou, the only child of Dottye and James (Rich) Richardson of Virginia, then to Miami and finally to Dallas. I can’t believe that happened in the first half of the last century, but there are records on file in the court house which can corroborate this claim.
As a child, I walked to the old John H. Reagan Elementary School in Dallas where teachers like Miss Parr and others planted the seed that eventually led me to become a teacher. From Reagan, I went to Greiner Jr. High and then on to Sunset High School. I started and finished college at Austin College in Sherman, TX. I proudly started my teaching career in Mesquite in 1960. I taught first grade for 32 years: first at Florence Black, then McWhorter, and 29 years at JC Rugel, until I retired in 1994.
So many things in my life seemed of little significance at the time they happened but then took on greater importance as I got older. The memories I’m taking with me now are so precious and have more value than all the gold and silver in my jewelry box. Which isn’t much.
Memories…where do I begin? I married the man of my dreams (not too tall, not very dark, but very handsome) on June 4, 1960 and from that day on I was proud to be Mrs. James D. “Bud” Maines, Grand Diva Of All Things Domestic. Our plan was to have two children, a boy and a girl. Inexplicably, we were successful doing exactly that when we were blessed with our son James D. “Dub” Maines and our daughter, Dorothy D. “Dede” Maines. Seeing these two grow into who they were supposed to be brought a wonderful sense of meaning to our lives. We love them so much.
Just when I thought I was too old to fall in love again, I became a grandmother. My three granddaughters not only stole my heart, but also spent a lot of my money. Ali, Catherine, and Rachel have enriched my life more than words can say. They are
treasures that are irreplaceable and will go with me wherever my journey takes me. And now grandsons have been added. My precious Marcus Shannon who took on the responsibility of handling my first born granddaughter, Ali, my girl. And Will Dukes who married my Rachel. I am so proud of them serving our country: Marcus, in the US Air force, and Will in the US Marine Corps.
I’ve always maintained that my greatest treasures call me DotDot. Not only my grandchildren, but my beloved adopted grandchildren at Florence United Methodist Church, sitting with me during the children’s time on DotDot’s Front Porch.
This church has offered me a haven in so many ways. I have met and loved so many dear friends. It has drawn me closer to the Lord in ways I couldn’t imagine. My Walk to Emmaus was a life changing adventure – one I wouldn’t have had without my dear friend and Pastor Jim McClurg pulling and pushing me all the way. When my beloved husband died in 2011, I didn’t think I could live without him, nor did I want to. But life goes on and friends held me and my hand daily. What love!
Titles..I’ve held a few in my day. I’ve been a devoted, sometimes unruly daughter, an energetic teenager, an Austin College student and graduate, a loving wife (usually…Bud’s in heaven, we can’t ask him), a comforting mother, a dedicated teacher, a true and loyal friend, and a spoiling grandmother. And if you don’t believe it, just ask me. Oh, wait, I’m afraid it’s too late for questions. Sorry.
So..I was born, I blinked, and it was over. No buildings named after me, no monuments erected in my honor. But, I DID have the chance to know and love each and every friend. And love countless family members, including my wonderful son of my heart, my son in law, Dr. Byron Christie, who loves me dearly. At least he says he does. How much more blessed can person be?
So in the end, remember…do your best, follow your heart, and make something amazing out of your life. Oh, and never stop smiling. If you want to, you can look for me in the evening sunset – not morning sunrise (I could never get up that early). Or look to the earliest spring daffodils, which I never could grow because I forgot they need water to live. Or look among the flitting and fluttering butterflies, especially the Monarchs. You know I’ll be there in one form or another. Of course that will probably comfort some while antagonizing others (but you know me..it’s what I do).
My mother’s favorite saying, which I hated as a child, but have grown to love and tried to live by:
I shall pass through this life but once,
Any good, therefore, that I can do,
Or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature,
Let me do it now,
Let me not defer or neglect it.
For I shall not pass this way again!
And one more thing:
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely, in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and proclaiming: WOW! What a ride!
I leave you with this..please don’t cry because I’m gone: instead, be happy I was here. (You can cry a little bit. After all, I am dead.)
Today, I am happy. I am in heaven with my Lord. And I am dancing with my beloved Bud.
Love you forever,
Dottye

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Reactions And Sharing On Dottye Richardson Maines Passing

One of Mesquite’s finest teachers , Dottye Richardson Maines, passed away from Covid-19. ?
She left an impression on everyone who was blessed enough to know her. I will never forget her laugh or her spunk. If I can reach,teach and love on children half as good as she did then that would be an accomplishment!
Please be careful and think of others when in public. ?
My heart goes out to her family and loved ones. She was a special lady and still had much to give. She will be missed by many.
Read her obituary….she wrote it herself! ?

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