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Dorothy Irene Parker

Dorothy Irene Parker, daughter of the late Arthur Leo and Blanche Fern Woodmansee, was born January 16, 1922 in Volney, Iowa, the youngest of five children. She departed this life on Sunday, March 20, 2011, with her family at her side.

Dorothy had been a resident of Autumn Oaks Nursing Home in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, after suffering a stroke in October 2010.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Glen Parker on June 19, 1941 in Cabool, Missouri. Seven children were born to this union. Glen and Dorothy lived a short while in Rolla, Missouri, moving then to Ann, Missouri, and finally making Cabool their home.

Dorothy was an immersed believer in Jesus Christ and was a member of Cabool United Methodist Church.

Dorothy spent many years babysitting in her home and was known as Granny to many children in Cabool. Glen was the manager of Ozark Wilbert Vault Company in Cabool with Dorothy at his side as the company secretary and receptionist, all the while babysitting and raising children of her own. Dorothy was an excellent cook and taught herself to decorate birthday and wedding cakes. She was well known for her butterscotch rolls and homemade donuts and would take orders and prepare them for the community as she was caring for a house full of kids. Her favorite pastime was crocheting for her family and friends.

After Glen’s passing, Dorothy received her driver’s license at the age of 60 and began employment outside her home. She worked at Woodpro Cabinetry, Byron’s Market making sandwiches, in the kitchen at Wright County Livestock Auction, at McDonald’s and at Wal-Mart in Mtn. Grove, making new friends along the way. She was an amazing lady.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen on February 8, 1981; a son, Oliver Glen “Jack” Parker; a great-grandson, Rance Levi Dotson; two sisters, Bonnie Songer and Margaret Bensen; and two brothers, John Woodmansee and Howard Woodmansee.

Dorothy is survived by daughter Gwen Foster and husband John of Solo, Missouri, daughter Louise Rader and husband Jerry of Cabool; son Kenny Parker and wife Gwen of Rolla; daughter Joyce McCall and husband Larry of Cabool; daughter Becky Friend and husband Webb of Mtn. Grove, and daughter Kathy Sloan of Mtn. Grove; 16 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two step-grandchildren and eight step-great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services were at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Cabool United Methodist Church with Dr. Michael Lawton officiating. Pallbearers were her grandsons and honorary pallbearers were her great-grandchildren. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool

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