Dorothy “Dottie” Gass


Dorothy “Dottie” Gass, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2017. Dottie was born in Springfield, Missouri Nov., 23, 1934. She was raised in Greenfield, Mo., and was a majorette at Greenfield High School.  After graduating high school, she attended Burge Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield, Mo. This is where she met her husband Walter Gass, who was working as an X-ray tech.  She and Walt moved to Houston, in 1961 and relocated to Sealy in 1971.  

Dottie had a long career as an O.R. nurse, first at Rosewood General Hospital in Houston and then, for many years, at Bellville General Hospital.  She reluctantly retired from nursing after becoming disabled in 1998. She loved her Bellville Hospital co-workers and her time spent working there. Dottie was a faithful member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sealy for many years. She loved attending church and looked forward to seeing her church family each week. Dottie faced many hardships in her life with grace and determination. She didn’t let things get her down for long and always found a way to overcome. She was never happier than when she was with family and friends.  Her sun rose and set in her grandchildren. She also adored and later greatly missed her beloved dogs, Hank and Lucy.  

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents, Hadley and Mabel Poe; and her husband, Walter Gass. She is survived by her children Jill Gass and wife Liz Inglese of Solvang, Calif., Susan Durchholz and husband Brad of Houston, Texas, and Patrick Gass and wife Jennifer Mock of San Felipe, Texas; as well as her well-loved grandchildren, Chris and Casey Durchholz, and Madeline and Garrett Gass.  Dottie was excited about the upcoming birth of another grandson.  

Dottie had devoted caregivers who were family to her for the last few years of her life, Sharon Smith of Bellville, and Brenda Vazquez of Sealy. The family would also like to thank the dedicated owners and staff of Veranda House-Sealy for providing loving care for almost two years; Dr. Don Bosse and his staff for many years of attentive care; and Compassionate Care Hospice for ensuring her comfort during her last months


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