Dorothy May Ryan Reiland was born on May 12, 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was the second child and only daughter of Lester Larr “LL” Ryan and Laura Mae Coffey Ryan. Her family relocated to Houston, Texas in 1925 and as she always said: “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could”. She met her future husband, Roy Louis Reiland, Jr., while working at Hughes Tool Company and after a short four-month courtship; they were married on January 30, 1948. She and Roy had four children from 1951-1960 – Karen, Craig, Douglas and Donna.
Dorothy was a founding parishioner of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. After relocating to East Texas after Roy’s retirement in the mid-eighties, they became members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Longview first and then Christ the King Catholic Church in Kilgore. She returned to St. Frances upon the passing of Roy in 2003.
Dorothy was very committed to her family, would do anything for her family and friends. She always exhibited the type of love portrayed in 1 Corinthians 13:7, “It is always ready to make allowance, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes.”
Dorothy went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 21, 2016, with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Larr “LL” Ryan; her mother, Laura Mae Ryan; her brother, William “Billy” Ryan; and a baby daughter.
She is survived by her sons, Craig Reiland and wife, Sharon of Kilgore, Texas; Douglas Reiland and wife, Rhonda of Webster, Texas; daughters, Karen Yancy and husband, Roger of League City, Texas; and Donna McFarland and husband, Ross of Emory, Texas; one sister-in- law, Christine Ayers and one niece, Sharon Ryan; both of Houston. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 16great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way.
Visitation will be held Sunday, July 24, 2016 6-8 p.m. at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston, Texas 77089, with a Rosary beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held Monday, July 25, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 10707 Hartsook Houston, Texas 77034. Interment will be at Forest Park Cemetery, 6900 Lawndale Houston, Texas 77023 at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers are Alan Coffey, Ryan Yancy, Shaun Reiland, Jeffry Reiland, Cody Reiland, and Matthew McFarland.
Honorary Pallbearers are T.R. “Sonny” Coffey, Bryan Foster and Gary Foster.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes for donations to be made to St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.