August 10, 1935 - April 24, 2024




Saturday, May 4, 2024

11:00 AM

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

Rev. R. M. Castle, Pastor


Prior to service

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Dorothy L. Roberts-Burns was called home on April 24, 2024 To Be With Our Lord and Savior.

Dorothy was born on August 10, 1935 in Paris TX to W. T. and Lillian Aldridge.
She graduated from Gibbons High School in Paris, TX and later attended Texas College in Tyler, TX prior to moving to Wichita Falls, TX.

Dorothy was a member of Gilbert Memorial CME Church at an early age. She later moved her membership to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church where she was active with the Mission I.

In 1964 she became one of the first two Black women to be hired into white collar jobs by the city. She worked part-time as a clerk. By January 1966, she was named
Employee of the Month. In 1968 she moved into the city information center.

In 1976, Burns was name Coordinator of a new Eastside Community Center and later the Martin Luther King Jr. Center where she served as director until her retirement.
She founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast in 1987, an event that continues to strive today that distributes scholarships to students of all races and
backgrounds while raising awareness to honor the Civil Rights Leader.

Dorothy served her community proudly as Director of Human Relations Commission, First Step Board, and County Health Board and other civic organizations.

After forty years of working for the city and after retirement, Dorothy got into local politics and served eight years on the Wichita Falls City Council serving District 2
and later as At-Large Councilor.

She also served as Mayor Pro Tempore. She was named Wichitan of the year in 2005.

Dorothy leaves behind a legacy of involvement in Wichita Falls as she loved people and serving her community.
Most recently she was named Grand Marshall of the MLK Parade in January 2024. Dorothy loved doing the work for any organization but she always stayed in
the background.

She is preceded in death by parents; brothers, Lilliard Bills and William Aldridge; sister, Mary Foshee and nephew, Billy Aldridge.

Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory, daughter, Mary Ann Merriex (Donal “Pops”); grandchildren, Kenda Merriex; Bingo Merriex and Janette Merriex; great granddaughter, Kiana Moore; several
nieces and nephews other relatives and friends; God Daughter, Sophia Adair; special caretaker/ friends, Barbara Tabb Cameron and Linda Abernathy.

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  • May 04, 2024

    My sincere condolences to the Burns Family. Mrs. Roberts was a dear family friend and I remember her from childhood playing bridge with my mother plus many visits to our home. I have many fond memories. My prayers for God's peace and comfort during this difficult time. Michael Fuller

  • May 03, 2024

    So sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. We both went to work at the City in 1964. Over the 35 years that I was there, we were in many meetings together. I always knew that she would come walking in with her heels, lots of jewelry, red lipstick, and a big smile on her face. RIP Dorothy. You definitely made your mark on our city. Hope that you see our friend, Maxine Norris, up there and give her a hug. Prayers for your family. Dorcas Chasteen

  • May 02, 2024

    Condolences and prayers for the family. Mrs Burns made an impact in the Eastside Community The T. Taylor Family

  • May 01, 2024

    My Condolences to the Family praying for strength and u derstanding during this difficult time.


  • Living Spirit Dishgarden

    Shalanda Sims sent Living Spirit Dishgarden for DOROTHY L ROBERTS - January 01, 1970

    With all our love to Momma Mary and our family. - Pastor Adolphus & Lady Sims

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