Dorothy Wimberley Kerbow
Dorothy Wimberley Kerbow, 94, left her earthly home peacefully on July 2, 2013. She had been praying for many months to be taken to her heavenly home to be reunited with her parents Calvin H. and Mabel Saunders Wimberley, her sister Vivian, her brother Paul and her grandson “Hap,” as well as many other beloved relatives and friends.
Dorothy was born in San Marcos on Sept. 3, 1918. She was affectionately known as Mama Dot, Nee Nee by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and as Dot by her other relatives and friends. In 1919 the family moved to New Braunfels, where she had a wonderful childhood and made many lifelong friends. She loved New Braunfels and although the family was not of German descent she learned the German language in order to communicate with her classmates on the school grounds (and to quote her, she wanted to be sure they were not talking about her behind her back) she often would ride her pony to primary school. She graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1936 and moved to Austin to attend The University of Texas. She married Frank Kerbow in 1937.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Karen and Joe Baker, her son David and daughter-in law-Mirella; eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, her niece Virginia Kerbow and several great nieces and great nephews and cousins; as well as a host of dear friends. The most important part of Dorothy’s life was her family; she was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother and she was loved dearly in return.
She was a lover of the outdoors, she swam and fished in all the lakes, rivers and streams in Comal, Hays and Travis counties — she passed her love of swimming to her daughter and her love of fishing to her son. She worked many summers in the 1940s as one of the first women life guards in Austin at West Enfield pool where she also taught swimming lessons. She was employed at the Austin Post Office from 1950 to 1972; she became Post Master in Wimberley in 1972. (a funny story she loved to tell was that after being named Post Master, the Post Master of Austin told her “Never let them call you “Post Mistress, you won’t be paid enough for that title”). After retiring from the Post Office she remained in Wimberley until moving back to Austin in 2003. She was proud of her heritage and the fact that she was the great granddaughter of Pleasant Wimberley, for whom the town was named.
Dorothy was fiercely independent and was never shy about speaking her mind. The best word to describe her was “feisty.” A friend once described her as a “Dot with a lot of Dash” She was an author and historian; she was a columnist for the Wimberley Mill, the Wimberley View, the Hays County Citizen and the San Marcos Daily Record. she was the author of “Wimberley, Texas - Historic Belle of the Blanco” Co-author of “Clear Springs and Limestone Ledges, a History of San Marcos and Hays County” she was the compiler and editor of “Cedarwacker” the stories of C.W. Wimberley and “Skillet and Trophy Fishing” the stories of Curlo Morris.
She was a member of the Hays County Historical Commission, the Texas State Historical Association, Thomas Moore Chapter DAR, Kyle Log House Commission and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Emeritus/Spicewood for their devoted care of mother these last few years. Also, our thanks to Cynthia Pennick of Nurses Unlimited for her care and companionship.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to “Wimberley Institute of Cultures” P.O. Box 167, Wimberley, TX, 78676 or a charity of choice.
A memorial service will be held Monday, July 22, at 11a.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, 189 N. Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, TX, (830) 625-3434.