Given her reportedly quiet nature, though, she probably hated it. Despite her stature at the company and Whataburger's immense financial success, Dobson led what can only be construed as a characteristically modest life. Even as major buyers begged to buy the family-owned business -- and even as her wealth placed her among Forbes' top-earning restaurant owners -- she continued to live in the small house where she and Harmon raised their kids.
"Mom had an unyielding sense of commitment to family, and to her husband, and especially to her big family, Whataburger," Lynne Dobson Wooldridge, Dobson's daughter, noted. "She did what was right, not what was easy, time and time again."