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Dorothy Jane Shaw Mahon went to be with the Lord Aug. 26, 2009. 

She was born April 9, 1923, in San Antonio to Herman M. and Sarah Elizabeth Stickney Shaw.

Dot and her twin brother, Eugene Stewart Shaw and older brother, James Herman Shaw, often recalled fond memories of playing with cousins and making new friends living in San Antonio, Harlingen, and Dilley. 

After graduating from Dilley High School, she attended the Medical and Surgical Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in San Antonio, where she received a degree in Nursing and became a registered nurse.  She “loved hospital nursing, especially emergency room, surgery and obstetrics.”

On Aug. 10, 1946, she married her grade school sweetheart, Ernest Clifton Mahon, Jr., in Batesville, Texas.

After marrying, they moved to Kingsville where she worked for Texas A&I University as the school nurse.  While there, she helped establish the College Infirmary.

Throughout married life, she worked primarily as a school nurse.  But most importantly, she always provided her family with a hot cooked meal, and clean, freshly ironed clothes.

She led by her Christian example as well as her desire to encourage others.

Her father was a great inspiration over her life and guided her to “be honest, do the very best you can, and never let anything stop you from trying to be the best you can be.”

 Lovingly known by her family and friends as Dee-Dot, she was always the life of the party and the center of the family.  She loved going dancing with Ernie, and they often attended dances throughout south Texas.

Dee-Dot loved eating at Galileo’s and visiting with friends.  Some of her most treasured memories were spending time at the family farm. 

A special thank you should go to the owners and staff of the Arbors in Bellville for making her final years so safe and enjoyable, as well as her caregivers Shirlean, Merlean, Rena and Sally.

She is survived by her children  Ernest Clifton Mahon III and his wife, Shirley, of Bellville, Sarah Jane Wade and her husband, John, of Sonora, Texas, and Nina Margaret Koenig and her husband, Charles, of La Vernia, Texas;  and her grandchildren Blake Jarrett Mahon and his wife, Ella, of Houston, Brooke Mahon Longoria and her husband, Joe, of Bellville, Johnna Elizabeth Wade of Kerrville, Jenna Koenig Davis and her husband, PJ, of Dallas, and Jarred Wade Koenig of Tyler.  She also has one great granddaughter Sadie McGee Longoria of Bellville. She is also survived by her older brother James “Jim” Shaw of Lakeview, Mich. and numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Ernest Clifton Mahon, Jr., her parents, Herman and Sarah Shaw, her twin brother, Eugene Shaw, and sister-in-law, Gloria Shaw.

 Please visit the website created in Dorothy’s memory at

Visitation was 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 at Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Funeral service was at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 from Bellville United Methodist Church with Pastor Robert Stutes, Officiating.

Visitation was 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 from Porter Loring Mortuary in San Antonio.

 Graveside service was 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 at Dilley Cemetery in Dilley, Texas.

Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to: Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 East Blue Bell Road, Brenham, Texas 77833, or to the: Austin County Unit of the American Cancer Society, Verna Lois Deere, P.O. Box 501, Bellville, TX 77418

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.
Posted by Joy Neely


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