Patricia Ruth Dodd

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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.

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  1. We were proud to know Pat, she was a lovely lady. We met when researching the Dodd family, Pat’s husband Bill being a distant cousin of mine (Richard). She made us feel so welcome during our visits to Texas and shared her family memories with us. Our sympathies go to all her family, who we are sure will have many happy memories. Rest at peace Pat.

  2. I am very sorry to hear about your loss.she was an interesting woman whom I liked to sit there and have conversation when I came over to do work.she will be missed by all

  3. Sorry to hear of Pats passing. It was good to meet her even though it was only a couple of times. I am so glad that Richard (my brother) was tracing our family tree and we got to meet her. My condolences to the family. Janet

  4. I only met Mrs. Dodd once but I went to school (or rode the bus to school) with all of her children, Dana, Nancy and Billy. I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. Best wishes to you all.

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