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Dorothy Louise (Skinner) Hogue
February 5, 1948 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Dorothy Louise (Skinner) Hogue of Salado passed away December 17, 2023 after battling dementia for over five years.
Dorothy was born February 5th, 1948 in Spring Hill, Louisiana to James and Janie Skinner their third child and only daughter.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and brother William Skinner. Dorothy is survived by her husband Donald Hogue, son Justin Hogue and wife Cris of Salado, son Josh Hogue of Holland, Texas, grandsons Nicholas Hogue of Old Hickory, Tennessee, Aidan Hogue of College Station, Sean Hogue of Salado and her brother James Robert Skinner of Center, Texas.
Dorothy moved to Joaquin, Texas at an early age attended school and graduated from Joaquin High School in 1966. Dorothy started Junior College following high school where she met and started dating Donald in 1967, they were married at Joaquin United Methodist Church on August 30, 1969. She put college on hold while Donald finished college and started a career. The next ten years had nine moves and added two sons. She finished college in Ada, Oklahoma and started her career as a reporter for the Ada News. The family moved to Amarillo where she continued in newspaper as editorial writer for the Amarillo Globe News. The family moved to Tucson, Arizona where she worked as a stringer for the Arizona Daily Star, then began teaching special education in elementary school. She got teaching certifications following college graduation but never intended to become a teacher. Arizona newspapers required bilingual reporters which led to her becoming a teacher which became a passion she did not know existed. The family moved back to Texas and she work as a substitute teacher for the next twelve years in five school districts until retiring to Salado in 2014.
As a reporter in Ada, Oklahoma, Dorothy covered two high profile murder cases with books being written by John Grisham and Robert Myer. The Grisham book was his first non-fiction, but she disputed that non-fiction classification. In Amarillo she got to cover the long running dispute between the city and T. Boone Pickens. Dorothy won state wide awards in both Oklahoma and Texas for her writing. Dorothy started teaching children’s Sunday school, attending bible studies and became a Stephen Minister over forty years ago and continued until dementia started taking her away in 2020. Dorothy and Donald were married 54 years lived in 22 houses, in 16 cities in six states. She adjusted to moving but was never a big fan as she had spent most of her life in one place prior to this. In 1980, with both sons in school, she finally had time to finish college, go back to work, start a new career, become more active in church and take care of the family.
Dorothy and Donald became empty nester and in 2002 moved back to Texas to be closer to family, ending in Salado in 2014. The next six years went as expected; church activities, family activities and extended travel vacations. Then came Covid and dementia which limited us, leading to this place and time.
A memorial service will be held at Salado United Methodist Church December 27, at 10:30 a.m. Services are under care of Broecker Funeral Home.