October 11, 1922 - August 12, 2011
Dorris Marie Gaines Cass left this earth Friday, August 12 to meet her Savior. She lived every day to the fullest and has left behind a legacy that will remain in the hearts of the lives she has touched. She is survived by her son, A. Baron Cass III and his wife, Darlene, her three grandchildren, Baron IV, Perry, and Channing, her sister Maco Cox, and her brothers, Richard and E.O. Gaines. Dorris grew up in Rockwall where her father, R.A. Gaines was the Owner and Editor of the “The Rockwall Success.” For 15 years, Dorris was the General Manager of the Country Dinner Playhouse, where actors and singers performed. Stars like Mickey Rooney, Van Johnson, Ann Miller, Ruta Lee, Roy Orbison and Hugh O’Brian were regular fixtures. The atmosphere was embellished by a group of young singing waiters and waitresses known as the Haymakers. All who worked for Dorris quickly became part of her extended family and kept in touch with her throughout their lives. To know Dorris was to instantly love her. Her smile was intoxicating and her proper demeanor always left you feeling comforted and cherished. She was an independent woman with an honesty that could take your breath away. And, her wisdom exceeded that of Solomon. When she wasn’t spoiling her three grandchildren you could find her either teaching or playing Bridge while laughing up a storm with her friends. Admiring God’s beautiful creations in flowers was a favorite activity during her walks. You could usually find her on a Saturday afternoon with her granddaughters eating lunch at Neiman’s and then shopping the afternoon away. While she will forever be missed, Dorris will live on in our hearts and memories. Her family and friends will feel her warmth as they enjoy the sunshine and admire God’s beautiful creations; they will see her smile when they see anything yellow-her favorite color; they will know she is watching over them as they play a card game; her voice will ring in their ears when they need advice or comfort; they will fondly remember her obsession with sweets when they eat anything sugary; and they will smile always in memory of her for they know that she is now with her creator and is forever our guardian angel! A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, August 16th, Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Shipp Chapel, 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218 or the Center for BrainHealth, 2200 W. Mockingbird, Dallas, TX 75235.
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