Dorothy Curlee Dean, 96, of Silsbee, passed away on August 2, 2022 at her home. She was born to Mattie and Bert Curlee on December 7, 1925, in Houston, Texas.
She graduated from Reagan High School in 1943 and started working at Shell Oil Company in Houston. In 1947, she met and married Thomas H. Dean. They moved to Port Arthur where she worked at Gulf Oil Company until Tommy went into the army in 1954. In El Paso, she worked for 5 more years until Tommy was transferred to Hampton, Virginia, where she worked at Langley Air Force Base. In 1956, they returned to Port Arthur and she worked in a CPA’s office until they started their family. In 1965, they moved to Silsbee. Dorothy was a stay-at-home mom until 1970. She worked for Shine & Associates until retiring in 1982. Tommy also retired and they enjoyed travelling in their RV and spent several summers in Gunnison, Colorado.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her mother and father, Mattie Curlee and Bert Curlee; husband of 69 years, Thomas H. Dean; grandson, J.R. Drew; sister, Marie Richter; and niece, Leah Griffin.
She is survived by her children, Tim Dean, (Amanda), of Carlyss, Louisiana and Terri Dean Y’Barbo, (Mark Long), of Silsbee; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three nephews; several cousins; step grandson; and three step grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at First Baptist Church, under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary of Silsbee, on August 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be at Broussard’s Mortuary on August 5, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dorothy’s committal to follow at R.S. Farmer Cemetery in Silsbee.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard’s Mortuary Silsbee
- 490, Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas, 77656,
- August 5, 2022
- 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Baptist Church – Silsbee
- 350, US Hwy 96 S, Silsbee, TX, 77656,
- August 6, 2022
- 10:00 am
R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery
- , , Silsbee, TX, 77656,
- August 6, 2022