Dotty was born and raised on a farm near Rayborn. She had good memories of a happy childhood.
She married Frank Hopkins and they enjoyed working together on their dairy farm for twenty years. She owned and operated Brandywine Package in Cabool and Hartville, Missouri, and for a short time in Houston, Missouri. In 1983, she married Billy Gene Reel.
She loved to garden and had quite a green thumb. She was always a strong and independent woman. In her spare time, Dotty, loved to read books.
Besides her parents, Dotty was preceded in death by her husband of 21 years, Billy Gene Reel; one son, David Lee Sanders; one brother, Billy Clark; two infant sisters; and one niece, Kimberly Blanchette.
She is survived by two daughters, Jeanette Sanders of Willow Springs, Missouri, and Arlene Dorris and husband Kevin of Pomona, Missouri; two sisters, Jenny Fischer and Charlotte Holt and husband Lonnie, all of Mountain Grove, Missouri; four grandchildren, Michael Clark, Shane Patterson, Stormy Sanders, and Skylar Sanders; six great-grandchildren; her ex-husband, Frank Hopkins; three nephews, Robert Hutsell and wife Vickie, Joe Clark, and Rick Clark and wife Tammy; two nieces, Mary Jo Manion and husband Frank and Kristy; four great-nephews; six great-nieces; two great-great-nephews; one great-great-niece; and many other relatives and friends who will miss her sweet spirit.
Dotty was buried in Hopkins Cemetery, Rayborn, under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.