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Columbia Missourian

Dixie Botner enjoyed traveling, teaching children

By Ann Elise Taylor
May 15, 2012 | 9:17 p.m. CDT

Dixie Botner, 84, of Columbia, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

Mrs. Botner was born Oct. 15, 1927, in Lawton, Okla., to William Charles and Nellie May (Easton) Lowry. She met her future husband, Stanley B. Botner, while he was stationed at Fort Sill during World War II. They were married May 24, 1945, in Lawton.


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After the war, the couple moved to Columbia, where Stanley Botner's family had a farm north of town. The couple lived for a short time in Washington, D.C., when Stanley Botner was working for Sen. James Kem of Missouri.

After returning to Columbia, Mrs. Botner was a homemaker while her husband worked on his Ph.D. at MU. Together they raised four children. In later years, they enjoyed traveling and went to France, Tunisia, Switzerland, Italy and England. They particularly enjoyed having tea at The Goring Hotel, where they stayed in London. They were also avid fans of the St. Louis Cardinals.

When her children grew older, Mrs. Botner completed her bachelor's degree in elementary education at MU. She then taught first-grade for 10 years at Mokane and Midway Heights Elementary schools. After retiring, she served as secretary for the Boone County Retired Teachers Association for several years.

Mrs. Botner loved children and had fond memories of the children she taught. She also adored her two grandchildren.

Mrs. Botner is survived by one son, Douglas “Micky” Botner of Norman, Okla.; three daughters, Janet Crow of St. Louis, Linda Noll and her husband, Ray, of Columbia and Carol Larsen and her husband, David, of Columbia; two grandchildren, John Weston Jr. and Kathryn Weston; one sister, LaVerne Henry and her husband, Thomas, of Chesapeake, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Jean Lowry and Lucette Lowry and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Botner's husband, her parents and four brothers, Mitchell, Allen, Herbert and Jimmy Lowry, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 104 Corporate Lake Drive; Columbia, Mo. 65203.

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