Dorothy Doran

Dorothy Murlene Grigsby Doran, 89, was called home by her Lord on Thursday, August 19, 2010. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, August 22, 2010, and from 9:30 to 10 a.m., Monday, August 23, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. Funeral Services will follow at 10 a.m. at Callaway-Jones with the Rev. David Rowland officiating. Interment will be in the College Station City Cemetery.
Dorothy was born Dec. 1, 1920, in Quail, Texas, near Amarillo. She was one of nine children born to the late E. M. and Ollie Grigsby. Mrs. Doran attended West Texas State University in Canyon before returning to Quail to teach sixth grade for 3 years.
Dorothy married Bill H. Doran in 1942 in Long Beach, CA. During WWII, she helped the war effort building airplanes in a factory in California. Returning to College Station, Texas, in 1947, she used her many talents to create a warm and nurturing home for her two daughters, Quixie and Melissa. Dorothy enjoyed her years at Texas A&M University in the Department of Veterinary Pathology from 1960 until their retirement in 1983.
“Memaw” loved nothing more during her retirement than spending time with family, RV travel throughout the US and Canada, Aggie football, and sharing a generous spirit with her church and loyal friends.
Bill and Dorothy were longtime members of First Baptist College Station, and joined First Baptist Crowley upon moving to Crowley in 1999 to be near their family. They were blessed with 63 years of marriage before Bill’s death in 2005.
Mrs. Doran was preceded in death by her husband Bill, parents E.M. and Ollie Grigsby, eight siblings, and a great-grandson.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Quixie and Richard Parker, of Crowley, Texas, Melissa and Ed Kinkeade, of Irving, Texas; grandchildren, Paige Williams, Lee Parker, David Parker, Mandy Anderson, and Bradley Kinkeade; four great-grandchildren, extended family, a host of friends, and caregivers.
The family requests donations be made to Texas Baptist Children’s Home,1101 N. Mays St., Round Rock, TX, 78664,


  1. I worked with Dorothy at the Vet. School and she was a jewel and a very special person in my life. She was a grandmother to me when I worked at the Vet. School and she was very dedicated to her work and to her co-workers. She always had a smile on her face and reminded me so much of a great aunt that I had. May God bless you and your family during this time and remember the good Dorothy was to everyone she came in contact with. God Bless You!!! Debbie Brantley

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