On Monday February 8, 2021, Dortha Faye Hester, beloved mother and grandmother passed away peacefully at the age of 90. Her chariot full of angels carried her home.
Dortha was born on February 20, 1930 in Flomot, Texas to Luther RV Smith and Annie Pearl (Mize) Smith. She was the second of six children. She met a tall, handsome cowboy named (Lewis) Wayne Hester and they married February 22, 1945 in Hollis, OK. She was a devoted mother to their three sons, Doyle, Don, Dave and daughter Jeanette. She considered it a great blessing to have 12 grandchildren, 29 great- grandchildren, and 2 great -great grandchildren.
Dortha had a passion for life and lived it to its fullest. She loved to dance and sing and smile. Her family was a source of great pride and joy. She was very creative and was accomplished at quilting and painting. She had a gardener’s soul, “Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.” She delighted in working in the yard with her flowers, feeling the dirt in her hands, not a weed could escape her grasp. She so enjoyed watching the birds through her window. She was known for her beautiful smile, warm hugs, kind and compassionate spirit and was endearing to all who were fortunate to know her.
Dortha was preceded in death by her father RV, mother, Pearl, husband, Wayne, son, Don and 3 of her siblings. She is survived by her sons Doyle Hester, Dave Hester and daughter Jeanette Hester, siblings Virginia Harbin, Jerry Smith. There will be two memorial gatherings for her family and friends to attend. The first will be on February 20th in Shallowater TX at 1003 6th St. from 11:00 to 4:00. The second will be on July 4th in Rapid City SD at Roubaix Lake and Mountain View Cemetery all day.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Heritage Oaks Nursing Home in Lubbock Texas in memory of Dortha. They will be using these donations to create a garden in honor of Dortha’s love of gardening.
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