Dorothy Latimer, age 80, of Shelbina, MO and formerly of Newark, MO, died Monday, August 2, 2010, at the Salt River Community Care in Shelbina.
She was born on March 23, 1930, in Marion County, MO, the daughter of Jesse and Myrtle Brower Wood. Her mother passed away when she was 8 years old and her father passed away when she was 11. She was raised by her aunt and uncle and also an older brother and wife, Bill and Mary Wood. On June 23, 1947, she was united in marriage to Harold L. Latimer at Macon, MO. He survives.
Dorothy is also survived by three children, Robert Latimer and wife Debby of Newark, MO, Meredith Parsons and husband Robert of Salem, MO and Ronald Latimer and wife Cathy of Hull, IL; seven grandchildren, Robert Latimer, Jr and wife Andrea, John Latimer and wife Kathleen, Elizabeth Clay, Tom Parsons and wife Erin, Tim Parsons and wife Monica, Lynnette Flesner and husband Keith and Lindsey Boruff and husband Brad; eight great-grandchildren, Anthony and Rachel Latimer, Christopher, Matthew and MiKayla Latimer, Cameron Clay, Kody Parsons and Canon Parsons; step-great-grandchildred, Tyler Ragsdale and Tre’ Clay; two brothers, Bill Wood of Columbia, MO and Dale Wood and wife Rosemary of Brashear; one sister-in-law, Virginia Wood of Newark, MO and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Roy Wood; one brother-in-law, Basil Wood and one infant sister.
In 1960, Dorothy became store clerk and cook at Marie and Paul Holbert’s store and café. In 1967 she and Harold purchased the store and café and successfully operated it until selling in 1984 to Jim and Ann Jones. She was famous for her coconut cream pies and while in the café people from as far away as Colorado would phone ahead and request one from her. Dorothy loved her flowers, gardening, cooking and grandchildren. She and Harold delivered puppies for her brother Dale and his partner for a few years. In the 1990’s the Latimers were very active in the Newark Fire Department, being loyal food stand workers at auctions.
In 1979, Dorothy accepted Jesus as her Savior at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, where she remained a faithful member until her death.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, August 12, 2010, at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, MO, Pastor Charles Sharpe and Pastor Rob Patchin officiated. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery, rural Bethel, MO.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Shiloh Cemetery or Newark Rural Fire Department.