Dorothy Rose Vanderheiden

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Dorothy Rose Vanderheiden was born on March 10, 1930, in Saint Louis, Mo., the daughter of Walter M. and Marion Smith. Dorothy was a resident of Cortez from 1969 through 1980, when she relocated with her family to Port Arthur, Texas.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Merle Joseph “Van,” her seven children, Merle, Kent (Anna), Mary Kim, Mark, Marian (Gary Brady), Matthew (Tami) and Martin Joseph (Evette); grandchildren, Brandon Lee (BJ), Therese Vanderheiden-Walsh, Cameron Brady, Alexandria Vanderheiden, Isabella Vanderheiden, Madison Vanderheiden, Miranda Vanderheiden, Macie Vanderheiden, Nikita Vanderheiden and Gregory Vanderheiden; and by her great-grandchildren, Antonio Lee, Justiss Lee and Mataes Lee.

Dorothy passed away at her home in Beaumont, Texas on June 18, 2012 at the age of 82. Dorothy loved to read and would appreciates gifts of support to the local library. Condolences can be sent to the Vanderheiden family at 10292 West Clubb Road, Beaumont, TX 77713.