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Dorothy Jean (Allen) Bertram

July 6, 2020

Obituary

In the early afternoon of July 6, 2020 Dorothy Jean Allen Bertram passed away at the age of 96 in the city of Galveston.

Dorothy is survived by her two sons and a daughter, Stefan and his wife Smilja of Austin, Philip and his wife Pam of Galveston and Marianne Moore of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. She had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She had many nieces and nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick W. Bertram. She married “Fritz” on January 20, 1946 after Frederick returned from WWII/Europe. They met on on a rural county road in Brazoria County before the war where their families had farms on opposite sides of the road. This was during the hardest years of the Great Depression. They were married for 61 years. Dorothy was also preceded in death by her mother, father, her two sisters and her only brother. Her father was Oscar Ellis Allen and her mother was Hattie May Ewing Allen, both of West Columbia, TX. Her sisters were Edith Murl Allen Kay and Nina Ann Allen Foster also of West Columbia, TX. Her brother was Ellis Stanley Allen of Houston.

Dorothy and Fritz settled in Kemah, TX in the early 1950's. Dorothy was an amazing mother for her children. She taught them how to behave, fed them superb southern cooking, took them to church twice on Sunday and Wednesday too. After her children were old enough, she went to work at Kemah Elementary (now LaVace Stewart Elementary) as a teacher’s aide for special needs children and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kemah until Fritz and Dorothy retired in the mid 1980's to the old home place on that rural Brazoria county road where they met. Fritz had a giant garden and Dorothy sewed for her grandchildren and was active in the church and the garden club. They both were members of the First Baptist Church of West Columbia for many years.

Due to the pandemic caused by the deadly and highly contagious corona virus, SARS-COV-2, the family regrets it is not possible to have a funeral or memorial service at this time. The family plans to have a memorial service at a time when it is safe to do so. This may prove to be a year or more in the future, after the danger of infection is over. Dorothy's children are grateful for the cards and phone calls expressing sympathy.  If you feel you would like to make a tribute to Dorothy's memory, donate to the charity of your choice or say a prayer thanking God for Dorothy's wonderful long life and the work Dorothy did to make the lives of others better.

No doubt St. Peter opened the gates as soon as he heard that Dorothy had passed and she has been granted her angel wings from God in heaven without objection from all the souls preceding her on her final journey.

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