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.FrenchFunerals.com