Dorothy Clyde Nelson Travis Atkinson passed away Aug. 31, 2015, at the age of 90. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Selma (Farrar) Nelson, her beloved son, Judd Travis, former husband Fred Atkinson, and brother-in-law, Rex L. Searson.
She is survived by her sister Elaine Searson of Dallas, daughter Terri Travis of Minden, grandson, Jamie Hutches (Sara) of Oregon, and granddaughters, Barbie Hutches of California, Patricia Travis Piscottia (Todd), and Mandy Travis Stewart (Ryan) of Texas, and 5 great-grandchildren: Avery, Caden, Kennedy, Judson, Everett and Hannah.
Dot was born at home in Lillie Aug. 31, 1925. She was born prematurely and weighed 1lb. 3 oz. She was kept in a shoe box near the stove to keep her warm. When Dot was 18 months old, she contracted Polio, which left one leg affected. She led an active life despite numerous surgeries at Shriner’s Hospital in Shreveport to lengthen her leg as she grew.
Dot attended Bernice High School and La. Tech University where she majored in music. She transferred to Louisiana College and earned a degree in education. She taught elementary school in Junction City, Jewella Elementary School in Shreveport, and Richardson Elementary School in Minden.
Dot raised two children, Judd and Terri. While living in Minden, she played piano for Emmanuel Baptist Church and sang in the choir at First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Young Women Jr. League and Retired Teachers Association. Dot had a beautiful soprano voice and sang for churches, recitals, many weddings, and funerals, and area nursing homes.
Dot was a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, musician, seamstress, homemaker and teacher. She will be remembered for her talents, endurance, love, and sense of humor.
Terri wishes to thank all the nurses, CNA’S and staff at Town and Country, especially Libby Ledig for listening and caring for me and my mom. Thanks also to Gamble Hospice and BJ for caring me through the process. And thanks to my many friends and pastors that visited and prayed with her.
A memorial service will be announced. Cremation remains internment will be at Union Grove Cemetery in Lillie by family.
Terri requests donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3100 Samford Ave. Shreveport, La. 71103 or to First United Methodist Church in Minden. Please note in memory of Dorothy Atkinson on donation.