Obituaries published in the October 2021 edition of the Texas Press Messenger.
Charles Edward Mooney
McGREGOR – Charles Edward Mooney, 70, editor of The McGregor Mirror since 1992, died Sept. 17 at his home. A funeral mass was celebrated Sept. 24 at St. Eugene Catholic Church in McGregor. Interment followed in McGregor Cemetery. Mooney was a third-generation editor and co-publisher, taking over from his parents Thomas and Bonnie Mooney (1956-1992), along with his sisters Bonnie Mullens and Mynette Taylor.
Mooney received the Golden 50 Award from TPA in 2017. His grandfather, Charles B. Hall, editor and publisher of The Mirror from 1918-1955, was in the first group to receive this award. Mooney was a 1969 graduate of McGregor High School and 1973 graduate of Sam Houston State University. He was a 48-year member of the McGregor Rotary Club, served on the Board of Directors of TFNB-Your Bank For Life, and was an active member of St. Eugene Catholic Church. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 34 years, Claudia, and their seven children; sisters Mynette Taylor and Bonnie Mullens, nieces and nephews and many friends.
Jonathan Reeb Ehret
ESPANOLA, N.M.– Jonathan Reeb Ehret of Santa Fe, New Mexico died recently in Espanola, New Mexico. He had a long career in journalism, working in a variety of jobs from photo editor to page designer to information technology specialist at newspapers across the country, including The Dallas Morning News. A native of Buffalo, New York, Ehret graduated from Kenyon College with a bachelor’s degree in history and from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a master’s degree in journalism. He was an active volunteer at the New Mexico Wildlife Center. A celebration of life will be held in 2022. Memorials may be made to the New Mexico Wildlife Center, 18 Wheat Street, Espanola, N.M. 87532.
DALLAS — Dotty Griffith, renowned Texas food writer and journalist who worked for 36 years at The Dallas Morning News, died after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 71. Griffith served as editor of the newspaper’s food section, then as dining critic for 10 years. She authored a dozen cookbooks, primarily with Texas themes such as Celebrating Barbecue and The Texas Holiday Cookbook. She also was editor of Dean Fearing’s The Mansion on Turtle Creek Cookbook. Most recently, Griffith taught at the University of North Texas and wrote a weekly column for Katy Trail Weekly. Her big Texas personality — and twang — made her an iconic figure in the world of food writing and a popular figure on TV and radio. A fifth-generation Texan, she grew up in Terrell and studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where she edited the school newspaper before joining The Dallas Morning News. She covered politics and other news on the city desk before she was appointed food editor in 1977. It was during that time that she became a “personality,” hosting a radio show on KRLD about Texas cuisine called In The Kitchen with Dotty. She became the newspaper’s dining critic in 1996, a position she held for 10 years. In 2008, she went to work for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas in Austin and worked there for five years. She was named as a University of Texas at Austin Daily Texan Hall of Fame Honoree and received a Legends Award from the Press Club of Dallas. She is survived by her son, Kelly Griffith Stephenson; daughter, Caitlin Stephenson Porto; and three grandchildren.