A graveside service on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m., at South Park Cemetery has been set for Dorothy “Dottie” Pearlene Brisco, who went home to meet our Lord and Savior on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at 4:30 a.m., surrounded by her family.
Dottie was born in Roswell, March 4, 1933, at 8:30 a.m., to Lela Burton Sanders and Joe Sanders. She was the youngest and the last of nine siblings. At three months old, her father Joe died, and the family moved to California and traveled in a covered wagon. The family worked in the fields picking produce and cotton. Dottie started helping when she was 5 years old. Starting at a young age, Dottie learned to play the guitar and started singing. She loved singing folk art songs.
When she married Ed, Dottie traveled back to California, where she started singing at many nightclubs, including the Palomino Club. She also traveled to San Diego several times a year, to sing to the Navy personnel. She performed at numerous benefits giving back to her fans, in Santa Monica, Calif., where she sang with Little Jimmy Dickens, Dolly Parton, Roy Clark, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and the young Garth Brooks. Dottie said, “I wish I had the money to back this young man (Garth), because he is going to go far.” She loved getting to work with Minnie Pearl.
Dottie told of many wonderful times she had on stage. She recorded “I Once Felt the Same,” which she co-wrote. She also wrote and recorded “The Right Guy, I’ll Never Love Another.” She sang back-up to several recordings of Christian songs. At family gatherings, Dottie would get out her guitar and start singing. Family and friends would gather around with kids sitting on the floor to hear her. Dottie always encouraged them all to join in.
Dottie met her husband Ed when he worked at a gas station in Roswell. They fell in love and married on Aug. 7, 1947. Ed got a job in the gas and oil fields, and they traveled to many towns and states. Once their children were old enough to go to school, the traveling stopped. They went back to Roswell, but then decided to move to California, where she was a housewife and started her singing career. When offered an opportunity to sing on “Hee Haw,” she knew the traveling and time away from her children would be required. So, she turned it down to be there for her family. She had seven sons and one daughter, Eddie, Steven, David, Gary, Jim, Nick, Rick and Lela. Dottie said, “When they started arriving in two’s, I knew it was time to quit!”
Her parents, siblings, husband Ed, two sons, Steven and Gary, and one granddaughter, Christine preceded her in death. She leaves behind her children and many more generations to come: Eddie and Diane, of Garden Grove, Calif., their two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren; David and Dana of Hemet, Calif., their three sons and four daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild (4th generation); Lela and John, of Whitewater, Colo., her two sons and one granddaughter; Gary and his two sons and 12 grandchildren; Jim and Sherry, of Roswell, their two daughters and one son and four grandchildren; Rick and Carol, of Grand Junction, Colo., their son and daughter; Nick and Cheri, of Roswell, their three sons, one daughter, and one grandson; one brother-in-law Clyde, of Phoenix; one sister-in-law Lilly, of Eastland, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins in America.
Pallbearers include Jim, Rick, Nick, David, Eddie and Josh Brisco. Honorary pallbearers are Tim Wright, John Titus and Mike Jordan.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
A Tribute To Our Mother
The day God called you home,
In tears we saw you sinking
And watched you fade away.
Our hearts were broken,
We wanted you to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping
So peaceful from pain, we were at ease.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.
We Love You, Mom