Dora Ann Pittman (Scholes) passed away on September 23, 2023, at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in College Station, Texas at the age of 90. She was born to Bertie Rebecca Scholes (Carpenter) and Andrew John Scholes in China Springs, Texas on September 2, 1933. She moved to Houston during WWII with her family and lived there for many years. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic school in Houston and graduated from Palacios High School in 1952. She met her husband RV Pittman in Houston while they both worked for American Telephone and Telegraph company. Dora and RV were married February 6, 1954, by Monsignor Rapp at the home of Dora’s parents.
They began their family in Houston with the birth of their two sons, Alan and Richard. They moved their family to Colorado for one year while RV was in the United States Air Force. Moving back to Houston for several years, Dora was a homemaker taking care of her two sons while RV began working in Alaska during the cold war on a radar base. RV was transferred to New Jersey in 1962 and Dora followed with Alan and Richard. While the family lived in New Jersey, their son Michael was born.
Shortly after his birth, RV was again transferred back to Alaska. Dora and her three sons returned to Houston and lived near her parents for the next two years. In 1965, Dora, Alan, Richard, and Michael joined RV in Alaska. A new addition to the family was added in Alaska when their daughter Catherine was born.
After two years in Alaska, the family moved to Brenham and built a home on land they had purchased a few years after Dora and RV began their life together. Dora worked for many years for the Brenham Independent School District tax appraisal office. She helped RV raise cattle on their small ranch and in her younger years she enjoyed canning vegetables from their garden. Dora was an avid Brenham Cub and Texas Aggie fan. In her later years, she enjoyed watching the Astros whenever she could.
Dora was a great cook and famous for her pinto beans and banana pudding with many of her grandchildren. For many years, she would always make a fruit cake for Christmas and her cornbread dressing at holidays will be missed. After her retirement, Dora became an avid reader of several styles of books and enjoyed watching Hallmark movies on TV. She was also very busy caring for many of her grandchildren during the summers and before they were of age to attend school.
Dora’s biggest blessing was being a loving wife and mother to her family. She unconditionally loved her husband RV, children, and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dora will be sorely missed by all her family.
Dora was preceded in death by her parents, Bertie and Andrew Scholes; in-laws, Minnie and Thad Pittman; Brothers, Alex and Owen Scholes; great-grandson Wyatt Schroeder and other nephews, a niece, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Dora is survived by her loving husband of 69 years RV, daughter Catherine, sons Alan and spouse Martha, Richard and spouse Clemencia, Michael and spouse Lori, brother Andrew Scholes and spouse Joanne. She is survived by nine grandchildren: Ashlea and spouse Justin Schroeder, Megan and spouse Chris Schramme, Joshua and spouse Charly Ruemke, Angela and spouse Alamex Martinez, Kyle and spouse Casey Pittman, Carlee Ruemke and significant other Courtney Weaver, Brooke Pittman and significant other John Vierus, Alex Pittman and fiancée Leslie Kippes, Julia and spouse Isaac Schauer. Also surviving Dora are eight great-grandchildren: Jacob and Ella Schroeder, Charlie and Oliver Schramme, Lena, Cora, and Jensen Ruemke, and Alana Martinez. She is also survived by a niece, two nephews, great-nephews, great-nieces and other extended family.
Dora was of the Roman Catholic Faith.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Ruemke, Kyle Pittman, Alex Pittman, Justin Schroeder, Chris Schramme, Alamex Martinez, Isaac Schauer, and John Vierus.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 29 at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham from 6-8 p.m. Graveside service will be held Saturday, September 30 at Independence Cemetery at 10 am.
A gathering for family and friends will be held following the service at the Salem Volunteer Fire Department.
Memorial/Contributions may be made in Dora’s name to The International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) https://www.rettsyndrome.org/donate/.