Johnnie Gwendolyn Dodd Elliott, 89, passed away October 3, 2014 in Dallas.
Gwen was born March 18, 1925, to Marion Madge and John Thomas Dodd of Dallas. She graduated from Crozier Tech High School in Dallas, then attended and graduated from the St. Paul Hospital School of Nursing in Dallas. During World War II, Gwen worked as a cadet nurse at the VA hospitals in San Antonio and San Francisco. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Women’s University in order to become a school nurse.
Irving I.S.D. was her first school nurse employer, then she was hired by Highland Park I.S.D. Gwen was the McCulloch Middle School nurse for 32 years and loved every minute of it. She always talked about how she loved her “kids,” gave each student special TLC when they came to the clinic, and everyone called her “Nursie.” She was always there to listen and advise with deep care. She is remembered as smart, studious, a hard worker, and full of faith. She enjoyed reading, baking, quilting, gardening, classical music and spending time with family. If you knew “Gammi,” you knew she always had a spare chocolate kiss in her pocket and a real kiss for you.
Gwen is preceded in death by her parents; son Jim; and sister Maedean Thorne. She is survived by her daughter Jeane and husband Marion F. Clayton and her grandchildren Elliott and Callie Clayton. She is also survived by her sister Wenanah Anderson; sister Patricia and brother-in-law Kenneth Trimble; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Gwen’s dear caregivers at Villages of Lake Highlands and Pathway Hospice.
Her memorial service was held at St. Michael Chapel, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave., Dallas, TX 75225 and/or Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219.