(Hanning) Felix, Dorothy Ann

July 27, 1928 - May 25, 2021

Dorothy Ann Hanning Felix

Born on July 27, 1928 in Isabella, California to parents Josephine and Don L. Hanning and passed away on May 25, 2021 in Plano, Texas. Raised on her family ranch in Isabella, graduated Bakersfield High School in 1946, was an equestrian and Rodeo Queen.  Dorothy married William Guido Felix after his return from Korea in 1951.  Once married, she started and raised her family in Fresno and Clovis, California, Anchorage, Alaska, and San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas Texas, where she spent the last 55+ years.

A dedicated family woman, gardener, and skilled chef of authentic international cuisines. Dorothy had an adventurous spirit, always pursuing new talents such as archery, ballroom dancing, fencing, woodworking, whitewater rafting, and gliding.

In addition to raising one son and six daughters, when she worked outside the home, she owned the local “Felix Pizza” before going to work as a project secretary for Macy’s. Inc., building new department stores in Texas and Florida.  In later years, she was a key part of the Felix-Holland Auction Company team.

Preceded in death by her parents, brothers Leonard Hanning and wife Marie, Walter Hanning & wife Beverly, step son William “Buddy” Felix, son in law Tom Holland.  Survived by step daughter Barbara Dawson and husband Pat, son Leonard Felix and wife Nancy, daughters Leslie Felix and partner Jay Thompson, Kim Holland, Lori Felix, Michele Wisener and husband Layne, Tina Felix, and Paula Felix; Grandchildren Ashley Wynn and husband Paul, Mark Felix and wife Jovanna DiStefano, Brittany Jones, Lee Felix, Alex Holland, Sasha Felix, Madison Neal, Cole Neal; Great Grands Alexis, Jax, Emmary, Lennon, and Donovan.  She also leaves behind many lifelong friends, best friend Marguerite Edwards, honorary grandson Josh Eisner, and many, many extended family friends.

A celebration of a long life well lived will take place later in the summer, with a final spreading of the ashes on the family homestead in the Kern Valley. Dorothy left the Kern Valley at a young age to raise her family, yet the valley never left her heart.  She frequently returned to visit her family and friends, leaving her children with a strong tie to their heritage. To honor the true spirit of Dorothy, please consider showing grace to others, planting a tree, growing a plant, rescuing a stray, or donating to your charity of choice, as a memorial.


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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

2 replies on “(Hanning) Felix, Dorothy Ann”

Sue Wisener says:

I only met Dorothy a few short years ago. Very quickly I realized what a strong and gracious lady she was. My life has been enriched since meeting her.

Kevin W Keene says:

I first met Dorothy in 1970 when I changed schools and met her son Len. I probably saw Dorothy more often than my own mother (I am one of nine children!) and as long as I lived in Dallas or visited there when I lived abroad. She was more than just a second mother to me. A great friend, a wonderful mother to Len and all the girls, fabulous cook, wise woman, not to mention countless animals she raised, rescued, and nurtured her whole life. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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