Dorothy Velma Strader, 100, of Jefferson City, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2022, at Oak Tree Villa.
She was born on July 1, 1921, in Great Bend, Kansas, the daughter of the Orville J. and Mary E. (Kelly) Beckman.
Dorothy was a 1939 graduate of Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Kansas and took a few courses at Lincoln University.
Dorothy helped with the family’s ice cream parlor and joined a USO chapter to help entertain troops by hosting dances at a Naval Air Base south of Hutchison, Kansas. There she met her future husband, Carl and soon began a marital union that lasted sixty-three years.
She was married on November 2, 1943, in Hutchinson, Kansas to Carl Strader, who preceded her in death on January 16, 2006.
Dorothy worked for the State of Missouri Employment Security from 1971-1983 as a secretary.
She was a member of First Methodist Church, the Young Mother’s Circle, and United Methodist Women; the Association of Retired Missouri State Employees (ARMSE) and the American Red Cross.
Dorothy was a kind and caring woman. She enjoyed quilting with the ladies at the First Methodist Church, China painting, gardening, jigsaw puzzles and was a daily walker. At Oak Tree Villa, the staff purchased a Fitbit for her to wear for her daily walks around the property. At the age of ninety-five, Dorothy won the 2016 District Miss Missouri Nursing Home Pageant and went on to be fourth place at the Missouri Health Care Association Miss Missouri Nursing Home Pageant.
Survivors include two children, Dennis Lee Strader, Jefferson City; and Janet Kay (Ken) Rumsey, Severna Park, Maryland; four grandchildren, Shawn Strader, Christopher (Suzanne) Rumsey, Jeff (Janet) Rumsey, and A. J. (Meredeth) Rumsey; two great-grandchildren, Amanda Rumsey, and Madison Rumsey; and two brothers, Marvin Beckman, Mena Arkansas; and Larry (Nancye) Beckman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; a daughter-n-law, Patricia Strader; a grandson, Michael Strader; and a sister, Marjorie Robertson.
Visitation will be 1-3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home with the Rev. Trevor Dancer, officiating.
Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the First United Methodist Church.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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