Dorothy was born on December 14, 1933, in the home of Lamb County, Texas, to her parents, Ernest and Ethel (Perry) Jones. She grew up on the family farm near Olton and attended public schools in Olton. She was a member of Valley View Community Church during her formative years. Alongside her mother, she learned her wonderful cooking and household skills with which she would later bless her family and friends. However, she also had a bit of a tomboy in her. Dorothy’s father, Ernest, liked to tinker with automobiles and all kinds of mechanical things. She loved spending time with him and learning some of those mechanical skills, but most of all spending time with him. She also loved telling stories of flying with him on his plane and the thrill of looping curls in the sky. In high school, his dad’s shop seemed like a gathering place where many young high schoolers enjoyed hanging out, tinkering with cars and the like. This is where Dorothy will finally meet the love of her life, Grady. Dorothy and Grady were married on August 26, 1950 and embarked on their journey of life together. In 1952 they became the proud parents of a son, Phillip. In 1954, they moved their young family from Olton to Bovina, Texas, where they were later blessed with a daughter, Debra, and later a son, Ken. They have lived and grown in the community of Bovina for many happy years.
Dorothy and Grady lived their lives as a team, where you saw one, you would most often see the other. They were active in their community and their church. Dorothy taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church, was a member of WMU, sang in the choir, and was busy with many other church and community activities. She was very proud of her home and worked tirelessly on its beautiful landscape that everyone admired.
Dorothy and Grady are fondly remembered for the many years they blessed others with their beautiful voices as they sang for worship services, revivals and many other happy and solemn occasions. They comforted many families when their loved ones passed away. In 1978 they recorded a gospel album, “Sweet ‘n Easy”, which many friends and family still enjoy today.
In 2011, they moved from their beloved home to Bovina in Lubbock, Texas. In 2013, however, they decided to return to their hometown of Olton where Dorothy could receive the care she needed after being diagnosed with devastating Alzheimer’s disease. Dorothy will be remembered for many things, not the least of which was her beautiful smile and loving, compassionate spirit.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Grady W. Sorley; his parents, Ernest and Ethel Jones; and one sister, Frances Allene Jones.
She will forever be loved and remembered by her sister, Barbara McFadden of Olton; sister-in-law, Nita Powell of Rockdale TX.; brother-in-law and wife, Gene and Imogene Sorley, of Lubbock, TX; his children, Phillip and his wife Patty of Huntington Beach, CA., Debra and her husband Mike Beauchamp of Friona, TX., and Kenneth and his wife Terri of Clovis, NM; his 9 grandchildren, David Cole Sorley of Columbia, MO, James and Alison Sorley Atwood, of San Diego, CA Chris Sorley and Jill, of Manhattan Beach, CA, Angela Beauchamp of Friona TX, Jeremy and Lori Beauchamp Tharp, of Hydro , OK , Tony and Traci Beauchamp, of Lazbuddie, TX, Sara Sorley, of Clovis, NM, Seth and Jill Sorley Ellsworth, of Clovis, NM and Sydney Sorley, of Lubbock, TX; 15 great-grandchildren, Ethan, Lorelei Isaiah, Maia, Kolsen, Carter, Callan, Wyatt, Grady, Kate, Natalie, Autumn, Madelyn, Nick and Luke.
Memorials can be made in Dorothy’s name at First Baptist Church Muleshoe, PO Box 483, Muleshoe, Texas, 79347, First Baptist Church Bovina, PO Box 550, Bovina, Texas, 79009, Running Water Draw Care Center, PO Box 409, Olton, TX, 79064 or The National Alzheimer Association225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois, 60601.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, neither angels nor rulers, neither things present nor things to come, neither powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, cannot separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Arrangements entrusted to Ellis Funeral Home Muleshoe, Texas
Published by Eastern New Mexico News from March 15 to March 16, 2022.