Dorothy “Dot” Helen Thompson Breland, Age 91, born in Delhi, Louisiana,
a long time resident of Mobile, and most recently a resident of Westminster
Village in Spanish Fort passed away on July 8, 2019. Dot was a devoted
loving mother and caring friend who will be greatly missed by her children,
grandchildren, other family members and her many friends.
Dot went to college after having four children and received her bachelor’s
degree from the University of Alabama. After teaching school for several
years, she attended the University of Florida on a fellowship and obtained
her Masters of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Spanish. Shortly
after receiving her Masters degree she moved from the classroom to the
position of Supervisor of English and Foreign Languages for the Mobile
County Public Schools. While in this role, Dot was recruited by Harcourt
Brace Publishing Company to work as an educational consultant in their
Southeast Division. In this position, she trained teachers throughout her
territory to use the Harcourt textbooks in their classrooms. She continued
working as a consultant for 19 years prior to retiring. After her retirement,
she was recruited to come back to the publishing company to support their
Far East Division. While working in this position, she enjoyed traveling to
Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Guam, Singapore and Hong
Kong before retiring for good to enjoy travel with her husband, Horace
Greeley Breland, Jr.
After being on the road for 20+ years, Dot began enjoying the other things
she loved. She loved playing bridge at the Mobile Bridge Center and
playing bingo at the local senior center. Dot and her husband enjoyed
frequent trips to the coastal casinos and Las Vegas. At home, Dot enjoyed
playing board and tile games with her family and friends. She was a
voracious reader and loved completing crossword puzzles, especially those
from the New York Times. Of all the things Dot loved, her greatest joy was
spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and
Dot was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Horace G. Breland,
Jr. Survivors include: her brother Charles Edward Taylor of Chrysler,
Alabama, four children: Mary Anne West, Arlington, TX, Charles Michael
Breland (Mary), Grand Bay, AL, Linda McCann (Daniel), Spanish Fort, AL,
and Cathy Johnson (David), Birmingham, AL. Survivors also include eight
grandchildren: Mike Breland, Jr., Martin Breland, Mandy Reutter, Emily
Bromley, Jacob McCann, Brian Johnson, Bethany Patterson, Jamie Corona
and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces,
nephews and great nieces and nephews.
On Thursday, July 11, family will receive friends from 9:00-10:00 am
followed by graveside services and interment at 10:00 am.
A graveside service will be held at 10am on Thursday, 07/11/2019.