Dodson, Christine Galster (Mrs. Kavanaugh W.)



June 25, 1878-March 8, 1966
                Mrs. Christine Galster Dodson was born in Trichtingen, Germany on June 25, 1878. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John George Galster.
                In 1880 the family came to the United States of America and located in Hope, Arkansas, later moving to Stuttgart, Arkansas.
                On February 14, 1900 Miss Galster was married to the Reverend Kavanaugh W. Dodson in Hope, Arkansas. From this union four children were born, two boys and two girls, three of whom still survive. In addition there are five grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
                Mrs. Dodson was preceded in death by her husband, the Reverent Kavanaugh W. Dodson, in1943. He died at the age of 75 years and she lived to the ripe age of 88.
                Together this devoted couple of God served the Methodist Church both in Arkansas and Louisiana for more than forty years. Their appointments in Louisiana, where they served for some 40 years, included almost every section of the state: Algiers and Parker Memorial in New Orleans; Mansfield; New Iberia; First Church, Lake Charles; Minden; DeRidder; Arcadia; Winnfield and Gueydan. In addition they served the following districts as Presiding Elder: Monroe-Ruston, Ruston, Minden and Baton Rouge. In 1939 they took the superannuate relationship and lived in Ruston until his expiration in 1943.
                Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Dodson moved to El Dorado, Arkansas and lived with relatives until her demise on March 8, 1966. She was buried by the side of her late husband in Ruston, Louisiana.
                Brother and Mrs. Dodson were widely known and loved throughout Louisiana. They had a deep sense of duty and loyalty to the Methodist Church. She was an inspiration to her dedicated husband in his many and varied responsibilities. She shared his keen sense of humor and great appreciation for any and every favor showed to them. They made many fine and lasting friends for themselves, The Methodist Church, and for Jesus Christ our Lord!
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1966; p. 237       By R. Leonard Cooke

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