Dod­son, Mar­lene

Albuquerque Journal - - OBITUARIES -

Mar­lene Dod­son, age 79, left us on Fri­day, Septem­ber 8, 2017 to be­gin her eter­nal jour­ney with her Heav­enly Fa­ther.

She is sur­vived by her eight chil­dren, Kir­bye Dib­ble and hus­band, Roger, Richard Dod­son and wife, Chris­tine, Rochelle Seale and hus­band, Larry, Dr. Dou­glas Dod­son and wife, Becky, Deb­bie Tor­res-Rioux and hus­band, An­dre, Scott Dod­son Esq., Dr. Daniel Dod­son and wife, Dr. Gee­tan­jali Dod­son and Marlys Ve­spe and hus­band, Fred Dudek; her twenty grand­chil­dren, Tommy (Ken­dra) and James (Loni); Katie (Cris), Cody (Ash­ley), and Brit­tney; Heather (Michael), Vanessa and Danielle (Gavin); Sa­man­tha (Tay­lor), Emily and Ben; Sa­van­nah and Alexan­dria; Kellen, McKenzie and Ash­ley; and Alan, Au­drey, David (Elena) and Kelly: her four­teen great-grand­chil­dren; sis­ters-in-law, Becky Ste­wart (Ken) and Carol Le­don (Oc­tavio); and nu­mer­ous other rel­a­tives and friends. Mar­lene was pre­ceded in death by the love of her life, her hus­band, Ben; grand­son, Ryan; fa­ther, Ce­cil; mother, Lu­cille; brother, Robert; and grand­son-in-law, Do­minique.

Mar­lene was an ac­tive mem­ber of Grace Church for 54 years. She touched many lives as she cared and min­is­tered to oth­ers, in­clud­ing those at the adult fa­cil­ity where she lived un­til a week be­fore her death. Mar­lene taught her chil­dren the value of ed­u­ca­tion by go­ing to night school to re­ceive her high school diploma and tak­ing col­lege cour­ses later in life. Mar­lene was proud of her years work­ing as a Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Aide at Del Norte High School. But her great­est legacy is that of an ex­cep­tion­ally lov­ing and sup­port­ive mother, grand­mother and great-grand­mother. She was a stay at home mom who at­tended ev­ery PTA meet­ing, cheered for her chil­dren at ev­ery sport­ing event, mu­si­cal shows and band con­certs, made treats for a mul­ti­tude of bake sales, soothed ev­ery bro­ken heart, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated many chil­dren’s birth­day cakes and wed­ding cakes, was proud of her fam­ily’s ev­ery ac­com­plish­ment and lived as an ex­am­ple of her faith by trust­ing God in ev­ery cir­cum­stance and faith­fully pray­ing for all of the chil­dren in her life. Mar­lene was a loyal and avid Lo­bos fan, usu­ally be­ing one of the first seated in the arena. Cre­ma­tion has taken place.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Mar­lene’s Life will be held on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at Grace Church, 6901 San An­to­nio NE. Pri­vate in­ter­ment will take place at Santa Fe Na­tional Ceme­tery. In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made in Mar­lene’s mem­ory to Grace Church, Rivers of Mercy Chil­dren’s Home Fund, 6901 San An­to­nio Dr. NE, Al­bu­querque, NM 87109. Please visit our online guest­book for Mar­lene at www.FrenchFuner­

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