Lola Joan Scales Dodson,84,Orange
Last updated 4/6/2020 at Noon
Joan, as she was known, came into this life on Friday, October 14, 1935, the fourth child of James Burlie and Clarice Laxson Scales and left to reunite with them again on April 1, 2020.
Her early years were spent joyously roaming the prairies and woods with all of her relatives and friends at the homestead of her grandfather and grandmother, Jim and Mary Scales, where her family lived.
Her schooling began at the age of 5 years at Prairie View Elementary in Orange County.
She graduated from Orange Stark High in 1952 and went on to attend Lamar University, Texas Woman’s University and The University of South Carolina.
Her yearning for knowledge and exploring new places continued her full life.
Joan was a great housekeeper and cook.
Her work outside of the home was secretarial, assisting in running a family owned business, teaching school and real estate sales.
She retired from outside work at the age of 66 but continued as a housekeeper.
She and her husband Daniel married in 1973.
With that marriage came two beautiful young stepdaughters.
Dan’s daughter, Donna Marie was very dear to her and became to be a great source of love and blessings.
Her greatest earthly blessing was her marriage to Daniel, their daughter Mary Angelina, and her daughter, our granddaughter, Ayla Alexandria.
Those proceeding her in death are her parents, James Burlie and Clarice Laxson Scales; brother, Ralph Edwin Scales; sisters-in-law, Sybil Goulas Scales and Ruth Anderson Scales; daughters, Tina and Gina Johnson; step-daughter, Danna Cecile Dodson Jones; and mother-in-law, Marie Misco Roby.
Surviving Joan in death are her husband, Daniel Dewey Dodson, Jr.; daughter, Mary Angelina Dodson; granddaughter, Ayla Alexandria Dodson-Hestand; stepdaughter, Donna Marie Dodson Jones; step-grandson, Daniel Lamar Jones; brothers, James B. Scales, Jr., and Harold Austin Scales; sister-in-law, Amelia Ulm Scales; and a beautiful host of nieces and nephews, both great and great-great.