Dorice Marjorie McKinley Anderson, 90, of Tenaha, Texas, received her blessed release on March 8, 2018, in Mt. Enterprise. She was born on August 20, 1927 in Houston, Texas, to George Elliot McKinley and Annalee Schultze McKinley. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Mangum Funeral Home with visitation prior to the service from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in the Fellowship Community in Joaquin.
Dorice grew up in Houston and was a member of The Disciples of Christ Church, where her mother was the organist and her father sang routinely as a soloist. She graduated from high school and then attended The University of Houston Business College. She met Charles Henry Anderson when he was visiting friends living in her neighborhood, and they married a year later on January 22, 1949, a union that would span sixty years. Shortly after their marriage, Dorice worked as an executive secretary for Bilbo Redding Drilling Company in Houston until moving to Alvin, Texas, in 1963. She later worked at Alvin Elementary School as an administrative assistant to the principal. She retired in 1990 and moved with Charles to their farm in East Texas near Flat Fork Creek. Widowed in 2009, Dorice continued to live at the farm, caring for her land and animals.
Dorice was a woman of many talents and abilities. She loved the challenge of learning, teaching herself to needlepoint and to crochet, to grow roses, herbs and fruit trees, and invent delicious recipes. She read the “Houston Post” daily and kept up with the latest styles in fashion. Meanwhile, her daily attire usually included rubber boots: she fed songbirds, hummingbirds, cats and dogs.
She relished the outdoors. An expert camper, she guided her Girl Scout troops on primitive camping excursions. She loved being a scout leader. While serving as president of the South Texas Girl Scout Council, Dorice was instrumental in the acquiring the Scouts’ very first camp, located along the Colorado River. She also created an after school program where scouts helped at-risk children do their homework. Later, she would continue volunteering with children through teaching Sunday School.
Dorice, as wife, mother, and homemaker, was a gracious hostess who entertained often, preparing all the party food by hand--from slow-simmered Cajun dishes to decadent confections. Dorice doted on her children and grandchildren, baking their favorite treats, finding fun activities for their amusement, and always making them feel especially loved.
Dorice is survived by her daughter, Denise Anderson Harclerode and husband, Scott Harclerode, of Mount Enterprise, Texas, her son, John Ellis Anderson of Pounchatoula, Louisiana; granddaughter Cara Leigh Harclerode Case and husband, Christopher Scott Case of Longview, Texas; granddaughter Katherine O’Brien Harclerode of Highland Park, Texas; and granddaughter Stephanie Lee Anderson of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends, including Mary Kay Longnecker and Betty Jo Longnecker Jacobs of Granbury, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles Henry Anderson; her parents, George and Annalee McKinley; and brothers, George Elliot McKinley, Jr. and William Charles McKinley.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1029, Center, Texas, 75935.
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.