A graveside service on Monday, December 17th at 11:00 am at South Park Cemetery
has been set for Dorothy “Dottie” Pearlene Brisco who went home to
meet our Lord and Savior on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 4:30 am surrounded by her family.
Dottie was born on March 4, 1933 at 8:30 am to Lela Burton Sanders and Joe
Sanders in Roswell, New Mexico. She was the youngest and the last of
nine siblings. At three months old, her father, Joe, died where
then her family moved to California and traveled in a covered wagon. The family
worked in the fields picking produce and cotton where Dottie started helping when she
was five years old.
Starting at a young age, Dottie learned to play the guitar and started singing.
She loved singing folk art songs.
When she married, Ed, Dottie traveled back to California where she started singing at
many night clubs, including the Palomino Club. She also traveled to San
Diego several times a year, to sing to the Navy personnel. She performed at numerous
benefits giving back to her fans, in Santa Monica, California, where she sang
with Little Jimmy Dickens, Dolly Parton, Roy Clark, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and the
young Garth Brooks. Dottie said “I wish I had the money to back this young man (Garth),
because he is going to go far.”
She loved getting to work with Minnie Pearl. Dottie told of many wonderful times she
had on stage. She recorded “I Once Felt the Same” in which she co-wrote the song. She
also wrote and recorded “The Right Guy, I’ll Never Love Another”. She sang back
up to several recordings of Christian songs. At family gatherings, Dottie would
get out her guitar and start singing. Family and friends would gather around with
kids sitting on the floor to hear her. Dottie always encouraged them all to join in.
Dottie met her husband, Ed, when he worked at a gas station in Roswell, New Mexico. They
fell in love and married on August 7, 1947. Ed got a job in the gas and oil field
where they traveled to many towns and states. Once their children were old enough
to go to school, the traveling stopped. They went back to Roswell but then decided
to move to California, where she was a house wife, and started her singing career.
When offered an opportunity to sing on “Hee Haw”, she knew the traveling and
time away from her children would be required. So, she turned it down to be there
for her family. She had seven sons and one daughter, Eddie, Steven, David, Gary, Jim,
Nick, Rick, and Lela. Dottie said “When they started arriving in two’s, I knew it was
time to quit!”
Her parents, siblings, husband, Ed, two sons, Steven and Gary, and one granddaughter,
Christine preceded her in death. She leaves behind her children and many more
generations to come: Eddie and Diane of Garden Grove, CA, their two sons, one daughter,
and three grandchildren; David and Dana of Hemet, CA, their three sons and
four daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild (4th generation); Lela and
John of Whitewater, CO, her two sons and one granddaughter; Gary and his two sons
and twelve grandchildren; Jim and Sherry of Roswell, NM, their two daughters and
one son and four grandchildren; Rick and Carol of Grand Junction, CO, their son
and daughter; Nick and Cheri of Roswell, NM, their three sons, one daughter, and one
grandson; one brother-in-law, Clyde of Phoenix, AZ; one sister-in-law, Lilly of Eastland, TX;
and many nieces, nephews, and cousins in America.
Pallbearers include Jim, Rick, Nick, David, Eddie, and Jaushua Brisco. Honorary pallbearers are
Tim Wright, John Titus, and Mike Jordan.
A Tribute To Our Mother
The day God called you home,
In tears we saw you sinking
And watched you fade away.
Our hearts were broken,
We wanted you to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping
So peaceful from pain, we were at ease.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.
We Love You Mom
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