Patricia Ruth Dodd
November 22, 1926 ~ August 4, 2015
Patricia Ruth Hillert Dodd, age 88, passed away on August 4, 2015, in New Braunfels, Texas, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Dodd died peacefully at home in the company and care of her children and grandchildren. She was born on November 22, 1926, on the Hillert family ranch in Comal County, Texas, to Berthold Hillert and Gerta Hilbert Hillert. Mrs. Dodd graduated from Jefferson High School in San Antonio in 1943. She then attended Texas State College for Women, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 1948. She enjoyed a successful journalism career, from 1948-1958, and became a pioneer in women's journalism as the first female feature-writer for the San Antonio Light. However, it is through her second career that Mrs. Dodd is likely most and best remembered. Her teaching career began when she was drafted to take on the position of primary grade teacher in a two-room school house in tiny Langtry, Texas. After obtaining her teaching certificate from Southwest Texas University, she taught at Bowie Elementary in San Antonio ISD for the next 23 years, retiring in 1989. Mrs. Dodd's later years were occupied with enjoying her children, grandchildren, and pursuing her interest in family genealogy research. She is preceded in death by her husband, William Harold Dodd, who passed in 2009, her brother, Mount B. Hillert, and her parents, Berthold and Gerta. Mrs. Dodd is survived by her daughters, Dana Dodd Daddona and husband John Barritt, Nancy Dodd Wofford and husband Chuck; son, William Hillert Dodd and wife Paula; grandchildren, Rhianna L. Ruth Daddona, Nicholas A. D. Daddona, Tabitha Dodd Morgan and husband Jeremy, and Charles Hillert Wofford. She is also survived by great grandchildren, Isaiah and Lydia Moran; nephew Kyle W. Hillert and wife Darlene; and sister-in-law, Virginia Hillert, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends who will miss her greatly. She will be cremated, with a family memorial service to be held at a later date.