Obituary of Laura Ann Dantzman
Laura Ann Escobedo Dantzman, a beloved kindergarten teacher, passed away at the age of 51 on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 in Pearland, Texas.
Laura was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend, always willing to lend a helping hand and a listening ear. Her warm and energetic personality, infectious smile, and generous heart made her an instant favorite among all who knew her.
Laura was born in Fort Worth, TX to Robert & Helen Escobedo on March 13, 1972. Her family moved to Virginia when Laura was three years old. She had a wonderful childhood growing up in Lynchburg, VA where she graduated from Brookville High School in 1990. That same year Laura’s family moved back to Texas but this time they landed in the town of Manvel. While there, Laura attended Alvin Community College and worked part time at the college’s child development laboratory school where she discovered her passion and gift for teaching. She went on to earn an Associate Degree in Childcare and Development from ACC. She continued her education at the University of Houston and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education.
After graduation, Laura’s love for teaching and young children took her to R.L. Stevenson Primary School in the Alvin ISD where she remained a devoted kindergarten teacher in the same room for 26 years! In Mrs. Dantzman’s room, Laura made a lasting impact on hundreds of students because she believed in each child and saw their unique gifts and value. Laura’s fun-loving, caring, and wise spirit made her a beloved member of the Stevenson family.
While teaching was Laura’s calling in life, her greatest loves were her husband, Thomas Dantzman Jr, whom she just celebrated 25 years of marriage with and her only daughter, Gabriela “Gabby” Marie, who was truly the light of her life. Together they loved to go to concerts specially to see 80s bands and to enjoy a night out with dinner and a movie. With Laura’s extended family, they enjoyed numerous vacations often to the beach, one of Laura’s favorite places. On Sundays, you would find Laura and her family wearing their Dallas Cowboys gear and cheering on her favorite team.
Laura will be deeply missed by her husband, daughter, and their dog, Bella, along with the rest of her family, parents Robert & Helen Escobedo of Pearland, TX; brother Robert Alexander and his wife Penny of Chesapeake, VA, and their children, Emily Escobedo and Austin Escobedo; brother Philip Escobedo of Pearland, TX; mother-in-law Patricia Moss of Reno, NV, father-in-law Thomas Dantzman, Sr. of Montross, CO; sister-in-law Michelle Dantzman of San Francisco, CA; brother-in-law’s William Dantzman of Provo, UT and Joshua Kerns of San Francisco, CA; a long list of aunts, uncles, cousins and the R.L. Stevenson Primary family.
Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Alvin, TX on Saturday, February 17th at 11:00 with Rev. Dr. C.O. Magee officiating. Visitation will be held at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 West Broadway, in Pearland, TX 77584 from 6 to 8 PM on Friday, February 16th.
The family would like to thank Laura’s dedicated family and friends for their loving support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask that you make memorial gifts to either the First Presbyterian Church of Alvin or to the GoFundMe Page in memory of Laura Dantzman.
In Loving Memory
1972 - 2024
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