Services will be held at Walters Funeral Home in Buffalo on October 15th.
Dorothy Virginia Williams Frison was born April 8, 1941 in Hamilton, Montana. She lived all of her early life in Cody, Wyoming and was the second oldest of five children to Cliff and Clytie Williams. She died in Bryan, TX in St. Joseph Hospital on October 4, 2016.
Survived by her husband, Bill Frison, as well as a sister, Carol Cherry and her husband, Bob, of Cody, Wyo. and Green Valley Az.; a brother, Robert Williams, and his wife, Darlene, of Lancaster, Ca.; a sister, Joyce Warren, and her husband, Mike, of The Villages, Fl.; a son, Chris Frison, and his wife, Lisa; grandsons, Noah and Colby Frison, of Katy, Tx.; and a daughter, Nicole Temple, of Houston, Tx. Dorothy’s older brother, Donald, passed in November 2011.
After graduation from Cody High School, Dorothy attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, graduating from the College of Agriculture with a Bachelors of Science and a teaching degree. While at the University of Wyoming she was a member of the SPURS, the National Honor Society and Organization for Sophomore Women.
During the school year of 1963-1964 she taught in Thermopolis, Wyoming. She married her husband Bill in August of that year and moved to Farmington, NM where she taught at Hermosa Jr. High until they were transferred to Powell, Wyoming. A year later they were transferred to Williston, ND where their son Chris was born. After three years they were transferred to Tulsa, OK where they stayed for nine months before being transferred to Indiana, PA. During the next 25-plus years they were then transferred to Columbus Ohio, where their daughter Nicole was born, Oklahoma City, back to Columbus, Houston, back to Tulsa, Singapore, Tulsa, and Sugarland, TX where they retired in December 1998. They then moved to Buffalo, TX in October 1999.
During the moves she took various temporary teaching jobs, worked in a department store and a bridal store for a period of time, and held many other occupations that kept her busy and helpful.
While in Singapore, she and a friend who had a dressing gown business. It wasn’t real prosperous, but they had great fun and with the money she did make she bought a one ounce gold coin, which she has to this day. While working at Wedding Dresses by Debbie they wanted to make her the manager of a store, but she wasn’t very tech savvy so her lack of skills at the computer made her say, “Not for me. But thanks anyway.” Later she tried again, and even bought a laptop computer, but never quite mastered the skills associated with making it work, so she gave up on that project. She acquired a flip phone and was able to call and receive, but never quite got the hang of texting.
She was known as a person that would help anyone with anything at anytime day or night 24/7/365. She helped people at all of the stops, some with terminal cancer or debilitating diseases, those that were disorganized, had lost a spouse, were having a garage or estate sale, some that were applying for citizenship or just needed an old store cleaned out. She worked hard at making the Bereavement Dinner functions at the Stewart Methodist Church a shining example of what a grieving family should expect. She was also a charter member of the Red Hat Band that traveled to nursing homes in the area to help lift the spirits of patients. At least annually one would see her, and anyone she could recruit to help, trim the crepe myrtles that line the street going in to Harriman Park, as that is also the road to her house and she required keeping it neat and tidy. She was not always right but she was never wrong, and she never held back on telling you what was on her mind. Shy or timid was not in her vocabulary.
She loved all of her extended family who would come for the Thanksgiving holidays and would spend a great deal of time cooking, cleaning, and making detailed meal plans and preparations for each meal, down to the bowl and serving spoon.
The majority of her time was spent being the best wife, homemaker and mother one can be but she always had time for others.