Dorothy Joyce Fenske
Dorothy Joyce Fenske
  • October 22, 1922 - October 11, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Dorothy Joyce (Lawrence) Fenske passed away peacefully at home on October 11, 2017. She was born in Houston, Texas October 22, 1922 and was a direct descendant of Alexander Hodge, a veteran of the American Revolution and recipient of one of Stephen F. Austin's original land grants. She was the daughter of Gladys Marie (Mulvihill) Lawrence and was preceded in death by her mother, her loving husband Carl Werner Fenske, her son John William (Jack) Fenske, and her beloved aunt, Dorothy Margaret (Mulvihill) Pickell.

She is survived by four children, Margaret Ann (Fenske) Williams, Mary Eileen Fenske, Janet Claire (Fenske) Peri, all of Houston, and Thomas Edmund Fenske and his wife Gretchen of Mebane, North Carolina; two grandchildren, John Todd Williams and his wife Nancy of Plano, Texas and Audrey Katrina Fenske and her husband Devin Sweet of Waynesboro, Virginia; and one great-grandchild Jacob Kimball Williams of Plano, Texas. Other family includes her sister-in law Jackalyn (Fenske) Oertel of San Antonio, Janet Chatelain Pickell, great-nieces Laura (Pickell) Johannsen, and Barbara (Pickell) Fernandez; great-nephew Michael Pickell; step-grandchildren Jason Johnson and Casey Johnson of North Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In her long life she was at various times a Fire Department dispatcher for the City of Houston, a teacher at Marian High School, an office manager, a bookkeeper, and an avid bowler. She was a member emeritus of the Houston Bowling Association. She graduated from both the Incarnate Word Academy and Rice University. In her youth she was an accomplished ice-skater/ice-dancer and a proud drummer for the Elkadettes, a girls drum and bugle corps sponsored by the Elks Club. Although she was rarely shy of expressing her opinion, DJ, as her friends called her, was respected, honored, and loved by all who knew her.

Most of all, she was a loving wife and mother of five children. We, her children, are her lasting legacy.