Dortha Alene Keyes Bookout was born July 29, 1922, in Davidson, Okla., the daughter of Earnest Rayborn and Bessie Etter Keyes. She grew up and attended schools in the Rio Grande Valley, graduating from Santa Rosa High School, in 1940.
Alene was united in marriage to Charles Bookout on Oct. 8, 1944. Charles was enlisted in the United States Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer, moving there family around the country, mainly calling the east coast home. Alene and Charles lived in Taipei, Taiwan, before retiring to Houston, in 1961. Charles was employed by NASA for 20 years and Alene was a stay at home mom. They moved during the 1980ís calling Bellville home until Charles passed away in 2004. Alene then moved to Farrsville to be to live with her son, John, before moving to El Paso to her son, Richard. Alene enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, cooking and embroidering. She love spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Alene passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in El Paso, at the age of 90.
She is survived by her children John C. Bookout and his wife, Gale, of Farrsville, Richard Bookout and his wife, Carol, of El Paso, and JoAnn Parkins of El Paso; grandchildren Daryl Bookout and his wife, Julie, Paula Porterfield and her husband, John, Mark Bookout and his wife, Brittany, Rick Bookout, Jr. and his wife, Carrie, Andy Bookout, Sarah Bookout, Laura Martinez and her husband, Jose, Michael Bookout, Jamie Holloway and Jordan Hayth. Alene is also survived by her 15 great grandchildren; sisters Pat Griffith and her husband, Charles, of Conroeand Jackie Goode of Dallas.
Alene was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bookout, parents, Earnest and Bessie Keyes, son, Troy Bookout, son-in-law, Mark Parkins, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.
Visitation, noon-1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, Bellville.
Funeral service, 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, Brother Carl Williamson, Officiating.
Interment: Houston National Cemetery, Houston.
Honorary pallbearers, Daryl Bookout, Mark Bookout, Andy Bookout, John Adam Porterfield, Jamie Holloway, Austin Porterfield, Aiden Porterfield, Michael Bookout, Rick Bookout, Jr.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to: First Baptist Church, 504 East Strauss, Bellville, Texas 77418.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy. 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418 -(979)865-2424 -www.schmidtfunerals.com
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