Mary Carol Dotson


Mary Carol Childs Dotson went to be with the lord on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. There will be a celebration of her life at a later date.

Dotson was born on Dec. 26, 1928 in San Francisco, CA to her father Sophus A. Olson and mother, Nellie B. (Anderson) Olson. She was the first out of six children to be born.

Dotson married Olen Childs in Carlsbad on Dec. 30, 1950 at the age of 22 years old. They lived together in Fort Stockton. Olen had one son, James Allen (Jimmy) Childs, before marrying Dotson. Together they had one daughter, Carolyn Sue (Suzie) Childs. Dotson enjoyed life with her husband, Olen in Fort Stockton with friends, playing bridge, traveling to golf tournaments, racing horses, and later attending UT football games.

She moved to San Angelo after Olen passed, where she was active in various clubs, traveled and worked as a volunteer for Shannon Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and attended regularly. She married Jesse Dotson in 1998. Jesse had an accident and was ill in 2012, which prompted a move to Brady to live closer to Suzie. Jesse passed away in 2013. Dotson lived just over the last year of her life at Brady West Rehabilitation and Nursing Center where she enjoyed playing lots of Bingo and listening to music of Tom Bishop and his band, the Bluebonnet Gang, Mason Singers and others with her friends, Mary Lou Bird and Hazel Manor, among others. She also became a member of the Brady Presbyterian Church and attended regularly.

Preceding Dotson in death include her husbands, Olen Childs and Jesse Dotson; siblings, Roger, Margie, Lois, and Paul; and parents, Sophus and Nellie Olsen. She is survived by her daughter, Suzie Graham and husband, Gary, of Brady; one step-son, Jimmy Childs and wife, Joyce, of Fort Stockton; sister, Ruthie Reeves and husband, Sim, of Corpus Christi; sister in law, Betty Cole Crump of Rockport; one special friend, Pat Attebery of San Angelo; along with nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, and step great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Texas Boys Ranch, Wounded Warriors, DAV, Shriners, St. Jude’s, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, or the Brady Presbyterian Church.