Dorothy Ann Eggers
Dorothy Ann Eggers, cherished mother, grandmother and great-grandmother ascended to rejoice and sing in God’s heavenly choir on February 7, 2018. A beautiful big brown-eyed baby girl was brought into this world by William George Tellman and Elizabeth Gertrude Andres on December 28, 1934 in Eugene, Missouri. “Dot” was Daddy’s girl and he affectionately called her “Mike,” short for Mickey Mouse. She loved life on the farm where she developed an affinity for animals, gardening and a strong following for Christ in the Catholic Church. We all enjoyed traveling back to the Show-Me State of Missouri to see Dorothy’s sister, Aunt Audrey, and Uncle Wayne Windsor along with step-mother Anna Tellman throughout the years. Sister, Aunt Alice, and Uncle Doug Stegner along with all the Stegner cousins were always a joy to see as well.
A handsome young man named Donald Sandy Eggers began courting his beautiful bride-to-be after they became Sophomore King and Queen of Eugene High School. They enjoyed a love of sports and were their own best cheerleaders as they participated in all school athletics. Upon graduating in 1952, Don joined the U.S. Navy when he was just 17 years old and Dorothy went to work as a telephone operator. Many love letters were exchanged during his absence and she and Don became eternally bound in love and marriage on March 20, 1954.
After an honorable discharge in 1955, Don began attending the University of Missouri and he and Dorothy welcomed their first child, Judith Ann, in 1956. Their first son, Mitchell Donn, was born in 1958. Don graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1960. He began his career as an electrical engineer at Delco Radio in Kokomo, Indiana in 1960. David William, baby number three, joined the family in 1961. Moving on to General Dynamics in 1961, Don and Dorothy journeyed to Fort Worth, Texas and made the Lone Star State their forever home. Miss Joan Marie joined the family in 1963 and in 1964 Franklin Dale arrived. Don accepted a position at N.A.S.A – Johnson Space Center in 1964 and with five kids in tow, they made the move to Pasadena, Texas. Don achieved a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1969 from the University of Houston. Daughter Angela Joyce (AJ) completed the family of eight in 1970.
“Momma Dot” or “Granny” as she was affectionately called by many was, to say the least, the best mom in the neighborhood! All the kids would come to our house for her home-baked goodies that she perfected, shared and even shipped off to relatives every Christmas. Her tried and true secret to every recipe was “some salt” and lots of love. She lovingly supported her kids’ and husband’s interests and hobbies and those high school sports and semi-pro ball days came in handy when she became “Team Mom” over and over again and Dad became coach! Her fastball was one to be admired and it was a rite of passage when the boys could finally beat her in arm wrestling. We fondly remember game nights, popped corn before microwaves existed, and her piling as many kids as she could in the station wagon so we could go Mach speed over the bumps down Dabney street.
You’d think with six children she would of had plenty to do, but Dorothy was always busy. She supported Don’s days as a dobro and pedal steel musician in bluegrass and country music bands and still found time to garden, breed various animals, run her own businesses, volunteer and sing for the church and always supported the interests of her children. She was a CCD Coordinator, CCD Holy Communion Teacher, member of Parish Council, church choir member, manager of the church gift and book shop, CCD Treasurer, Girl Scout Leader 13 years, member of the Legion of Mary, member of the original prayer group that began the Charismatic Renewal of the Catholic Church in Houston, Pasadena Women’s Aglow Treasurer/President, Women’s Aglow Regional Board Member Treasurer, five year Bible training becoming an ordained, licensed minister, evangelist and teacher, and supported those in need as a counselor through the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Dorothy also had a 50 year professional hobby in breeding birds. She was featured in magazines and recognized world-wide for her avian achievements. She started out in the back of her garage and eventually built an aviary devoted to raising 500-600 prize-winning beautiful song birds annually. She was proud that the Houston Zoo consulted her along with local veterinarians for their birds in need of medical care. She traveled all over the United States with her best bird buddy, Debbie Eaton, in tow winning hundreds of awards. She supported the industry in the following capacities: Texas Canary Club Treasurer and President, founding member and board member of the Canary and Finch Society, founding member, board member, membership chairperson and President of the Spanish Timbrado Society of America, Coordinator of the National Cage Bird Show in Houston, National Cagebird Show Board Membership, commercial booth, sponsorship chairperson and two years Vice-Presidency during the thirteen years on the board. She received the NCBS President’s Award and NCBS Service Recognition Award. Through it all, she always had a pair of doves she watched through her kitchen window and in her latter years even raised laying hens with the support of her children. She loved her chickens and was herself, the ultimate mother hen!
After the kids were raised and grandkids were born, Granny got her second wind and became Godmother and confirmation sponsor. She and Gramps attended countless sporting and scholastic events; they loved going to the movies together. When Gramps was no longer her sidekick here on earth, she bonded with her children’s families and supported them. She even traveled to attend tournaments/regionals. Many trips to the donut shop, a few poker lessons, rounds of Yahtzee, Beanie Baby and lotto ticket runs about town fill the grandkids’ treasured memories. There was a term for when you began a day with Granny to do “one or two things” and you wouldn’t get home until dark…we fondly referred to it as getting “Momma Dotted.” “Honey, will you be home soon?” – “Nope, got Momma Dotted.” She lovingly sponsored faith-filled trips and retreats for family members and assisted those in need. When asking the grandkids what they learned from Granny, the reply from one was something we should all hope will be said about us at the end of our journey: “I learned just how strong her faith really was. And it encouraged me to put all of my trust in the Lord, no matter what.”
And in her twilight, when only her earthly body waned and she could no longer do the things she loved, what was left is what was there all along, her shining, glorious example of an unshakable and faithful devotion to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She sang and praised God through each and every storm. Her light was so bright it will shine for generations to come. We are certain her Lord said unto her: Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord - Mathew 25:23.
Dorothy Eggers is preceded in death by her beloved husband Donald Sandy Eggers, precious son, David William Eggers, her parents and her siblings Alice Stegner, Audrey Windsor and “Sonny” Tellman. Children: She is survived by daughter, Judith Ann and husband Thomas Anthony Sheppard, son Mitchell Donn and wife Juanita Marie Eggers, daughter-in-law and wife of son David William, D’Anna Heideman Eggers, daughter Joan Marie and husband Jeff Michael Snover, son Franklin Dale and wife Tracy Michelle Eggers, daughter Angela Joyce and husband James Alex Anderson; Grandchildren: Alexandra Megan Sheppard and grandson-in-law to be Jackson William Bailey, Audrey Ann Sheppard, Ashleigh Elizabeth Sheppard, Clifton Thomas Eggers, Garett Karl and wife Erin Elaine Eggers, Leslie Ann and husband Andrew Walter DeFrancis, Cobin Heideman Eggers, Paige Gloria Eggers, Chad Alan Eggers, Nicole Ashlyn Eggers, Casey Austin Eggers, Brett Scott Downs and Michelle Hajovsky, Kristin Marie and husband Stephen Paul Tauber, Chelsea Ann Eggers, Jeffrey Michael Snover, Jr., Jeff Alex and wife Bianka Tamera Anderson, Jason Allen Anderson; Great-grandchildren: Sophie Jayne Eggers, great-granddaugther-to-be Ruby Grace Eggers, James Scott Downs, McKenna Rylei Tauber, Annabelle Marie Tauber, Levi Hilton Tauber, Konnor Francis Grennier, Addison Letty Snover, Jacob Alex Anderson, Jemma Alexia Anderson and Jesse Anthony Anderson. Don and Dorothy have truly left this earth a beautiful legacy of a growing family with a wide variety of talents and accomplishments.
The family would also like to acknowledge Karen and Frank Belmarez and Crystal Jeffirs for their loving friendship over the years. No words can express our gratitude to her spiritual team, prayer warriors and loving friendships with Sharon Olmedo, Susan Wolfe, Bonnie Plauche, Dawn Malone and Judy Hawn.
You have given so much of yourself to us and it was an honor and a privilege to care for you the way you once cared for us. Thank you. Thank you for always being there, for the memories, the good times, all the goodies, for being a coach on the field and in life, for listening to us, for drying our tears and mending our clothes, for comforting us, for your beautiful smile, for teaching us to respect all living things, for loving us, and for all your faithful prayers. We promise to work hard to reach the great standard set for us by you and by Dad. And….thank you God for lending us your beautiful soul and for giving unto us a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother so dear. We are blessed beyond measure to be eternally yours.
Fare thee well precious mother, until we meet again,
The Eggers Family
For those wishing to make a donation in Dorothy’s memory, please consider the following charities:
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Charities, 18223 Point Lookout Drive, Nassau Bay, Texas 77058
Samaritan’s Purse: www.samaritanspurse.org/ourministry/donate-online
Friday, February 23, 2018
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
18223 Point Lookout Drive, Nassau Bay, Texas
Rosary Service 9:30 a.m.
Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m.
Food and Fellowship Founders Hall Following
Officiating: Father Wencil Pavlovsky
Houston National Cemetery Service at 2:15, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas
Please join us for food, fellowship and music following in Founders Hall