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W. Dee Bartley


W. Dee Bartley passed into heaven's kingdom Tuesday, May 13. She was born in Lytle on March 3, 1937.
Dee grew up on a small farm and played basketball for Lytle High School and served as the organist at Lytle Methodist Church.
She met her husband, Bill, in San Antonio while he was in the United States Air Force pilot training program. The couple moved to Tripoli, Libya for an overseas military assignment before returning to Dallas in 1959.
From 1959 to 1962, Dee served as administrative assistant to the director of the Office of Naval Intelligence. She also served as an assistant to the president of the Graduate Research Center at the University of Texas from 1962 to 1967.
In 1967, Dee began a distinguished career on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, working as the personal appointment secretary for Senators Alan Bible and Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson. During this time, she traveled extensively with several Congressional delegations and made many friends on both sides of the political aisle.
From 1982 to 1988, the family lived in Geneva, Switzerland where Dee served as personal secretary to three ambassadors at the United States Mission. She was directly responsible for planning and coordination events during visits by the nuclear arms negotiating committee (START I), as well as Presidential and Vice Presidential visits to the Mission. Additionally, weekends and annual vacations were treasured time as she shared many fond memories traveling around Europe with her family and friends.
After returning to the United States, Dee worked on the professional staff of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate Majority Leader.
After retiring from government work in 1993, she began planning the family's return to her beloved Texas. She and Bill moved to Bandera for good in 1993. During retirement Dee remained active in her community by volunteering to raise funds for the Frontier Times Museum, where she served on the board of trustees; the Bandera High Chorale Group; and the St. Christopher's Episcopal Church music fund.
Dee was recognized by Marquis' Who's Who In America, in the World, in Finance and Business, in Science and Engineering and of American Women.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, traveling and watching Texas Longhorns football. Dee also enjoyed the animals on the family ranch - especially the llama, sheep and guineas.
Those she left behind will remember Dee as a fabulous cook, gracious host and a deeply loving mother and wife whose optimism was contagious. Always the life of the party, she lit up any room with great energy and cheer. Dee's dedication to those she loved was undeniable and her memory will live on.
She is survived by her husband, William C. Bartley, of Bandera; sons, Christopher G. Bartley and Gregory W. Bartley; daughter-in-law Monica R. Bartley; daughter Carol Gourlas; sister Mary Nell Hall; and brothers, W. Preston Gray; James W. Gray and his wife, Joyce; and Henry A. Gray and his wife, Billie.
Dee was predeceased by her mother and father, Velma McNeil Gray and William M. Gray; sister Pauline Howell; and brother Mack Gray.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am, Saturday, May 24, at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Bandera. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.