Dorothy Warthan, also known as Mama Dot, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of December 14, 2021. She was born on February 10, 1920, in the Bryan family home in Avery, Texas. Mama Dot was the youngest of eight children born to William George Bryan and Willie Edna Ingram Bryan. The extended Bryan family members were long time loyal participants in the local United Methodist Churches.
Mama Dot married W H (Dub) Warthan on March 10, 1940. They had one daughter, Dorothy Gail Warthan. They resided in Avery until Dub took a job with Shell Oil Company. The job took them to several towns across Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Finally, the job took them to Sheridan, Texas which became their long-term residence. Dub passed away on July 17, 1973. Mama Dot remained in her residence in Sheridan until 1992 when she went to live with her daughter and son-in-law in Friendswood, Texas. She moved with them to College Station, Texas, in 2018. Finally, she moved into a skilled nursing facility in August, 2019. She celebrated her 100th birthday on February 10, 2019, just before the Covid-19 pandemic started and the facility went into an extended lockdown. She was less than 2 months away from her 102nd birthday when she passed away. Mama Dot’s many friends say that she was the spunkiest person they knew in addition to being quick witted. Many of the employees at the nursing facility loved to interact with her since she always seemed to come up with some humorous response.
Mama Dot was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her seven siblings. The siblings were J. C. Bryan, Lois Bryan Pollen, Marguerite Bryan Pittman, Ruth Bryan Brooks, Gladys Mae Bryan Medford, Georgia Bryan Newton, and Gracie Bryan Schubert.
Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 16, 2021, at Warthan Cemetery with Rev. Jack Cloyd officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.
Mama Dot is survived by her daughter, Gail Warthan Rother, and her son-in-law Melvin Rother, as well as, her granddaughters Michelle Rother Steudtner and husband Todd Steudtner, Melanie Rother Pack and husband Justin Pack, and her two great-granddaughters Lindsay Michelle Steudtner and Abigail Claire Steudtner.