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Columbia Missourian

Mary Dothage, Aug. 15, 1924 - April 22, 2013, of Columbia

By By Memorial Funeral Home
April 23, 2013 | 1:05 p.m. CDT

Mary Mildred Dothage of Columbia passed away April 22, 2013. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm with funeral services on Friday, April 26 at 10:00 am at Memorial Funeral Home. Douglas Moore, Smithton Ridge Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will officiate. Mrs. Dothage will be buried in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. 

She was born on August 15, 1924 in Joseph, Utah, daughter of Hakan and Mildred Ross. Mary married Waldo Dothage on June 9, 1946, in Yuma, Arizona. Married over 60 years, he preceded her in death in 2007. They met in San Francisco during WWII while Waldo was in the Navy and Mary had moved to California to help with the war effort making parachutes and later becoming a telephone operator. After the war, they moved back to Missouri and made Columbia their home for many years. Mary continued to work as a telephone operator until she became a full time home-maker. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Mary is survived by her son, Jack Dothage and wife Sharon, her daughters, Denise Dothage and Karen Chandler and husband Rick of Columbia; four grandchildren, Sam Dothage and wife Laura of Fenton, Stacey Cornelison of Columbia, Julie Jacobs and husband David of O’Fallon, and Blake Ramey (Chandler) of Columbia; nine great grandchildren, and her sister Joyce Welbern of Rocheport. In addition to her husband Waldo, she was proceeded in death by her son, David; her brothers, Steiner and Jack Ross, sister, Ruth Mansor, and her parents. The family wishes to thank Boone Hospital Center Home Care and Hospice and Candlelight Lodge for their compassionate care.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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