Dorothy Bing, a woman who brought passion to her work as a registered nurse, her large loving family, her church and her adopted hometown of Katy, departed this earth Thursday, March 14, 2019 at a Katy hospital after a short illness. She was 89.
Dorothy channeled her energy into family, friends, and community service. She was a 25-year member of the Katy First United Methodist Church’s adult handbell choir. She also performed many years with the handbell choir at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, where she was a longtime church member.
In addition to being a member of the handbell choirs, Dorothy was a member of the Brazos Heritage Society, Katy Heritage Society, and Katy Literary Club. She was also a past member of the Houston Rose Society and the American Rose Society. She was active with Friends of the Katy Library, particularly with book sales, maintaining the beauty of the gardens at the Katy library and the Knitting Group. In 2006, the City of Katy honored Dorothy as “Senior Citizen of the Year.”
Dorothy was born August 3, 1929 in Dallas, Texas to then-school teacher Elvah Beckham and his wife, Gladys. Dorothy spent much of her youth in Bryan, Texas, where she graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1946.
She then continued her education at Houston’s Lillie Jolly School of Nursing, which was affiliated with Memorial Baptist Hospital, a precursor to the current Memorial Hermann Health System. She had worked tirelessly as a nurse for over 30 years.
She married Dr. Lyndon Bing in June 1950, moving to Katy with him in 1951. They were married for 33 years.
Although often cloaked in gentle humor, Dorothy’s opinions never were secrets.
She liked cats better than dogs, especially when they were nestled before a glowing fireplace. She preferred classical, semi-classical and vintage country music. Art, books and architecture fascinated her. In addition, she had a warm nostalgia for dolls, assembling a collection of more than 300.
Gardening, too, was a passion. “I love beautiful gardens,” she once said, “and my yard is always a work in progress. Whatever is blooming on a particular day is my favorite, but I guess my overall favorite would be roses. And birds and butterflies add to the beauty of the gardens.”
Dorothy is survived by sisters Carolyn Wiggins (husband, WK) and Gail Kent; brother, Charles Beckham; sons, Mark L. Bing (wife, Kelly) and Paul E. Bing (wife, Kelly); daughters, Sarah Wolfe (husband, Allan Turner), Martha Culbreth (husband, Steve), and Rebecca Quantz; and brother-in-law, Arlys Bing.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Heather Cronk (husband, Adam), Jeffrey Quantz (wife, Katie), Matthew Quantz, Charlotte Ross (husband, Craig), Mallory Bing, Claire Bing, Abbey Bing, Elizabeth Cools (husband, Josh), Natalie Bing (fiancé, Cody Morgan), Mariel Godeaux (husband, John), Ethan Bing (fiancée, Claudia Wei), and Elliot Bing; six great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, 1508 East Avenue, in Katy. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Katy First United Methodist Church, 5601 Fifth Street, in Katy, with Dr. Richard L. White officiating. Interment in Katy Magnolia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Friends of the Katy Library, 5414 Franz Road, Katy, TX 77493 or the Katy Heritage Society, 5990 George Bush Drive, Katy, Texas 77493 or to Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77024, www.mdpc.org, Katy First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 925, Katy, Texas 77492, www.katyfirst.org, or to the charity of your choice.
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