Dorothy Lawson, daughter of Leslie and Cora (Keeler) McClellan of Willow Springs, was born Aug. 16, 1926, at their home near Burnham, Mo. She passed away Dec. 2, 2013, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Clyde and Johnny McClellan, both from Willow Springs.

She is survived by her husband, Walter of Houston; a son, Kenny and his wife, Jeretta, of Houston; two granddaughters, Michele Lawson McConnell and husband, Joseph, from Bridgeport Wash., and Melodey Lawson McBride and husband, Frank, from Omaha Neb.; two 2 great-grandchildren, Elley and Levi; two sisters, Eula McClellan Turner and husband, Raymond (deceased), from Willow Springs and Ruth McClellan Robertson and husband, Dean, from West Plains; two brothers, Leslie and wife, Dorinda, of Tampa, Fla., and Leon and wife, Nedra, who recently moved to Phoenix, Ariz.

Walter and Dorothy grew up around Burnham, Mo., and attended the same Sunday school class. Her dad was a farmer.

She graduated in 1945 from the Willow Springs High School and then went to Bolivar to become a teacher. She and Walt were married on Nov. 29, in Columbus, Kan., and recently celebrated 67 years together.

Her hobbies were embroidery, quilt making, sewing, canning, gardening and plants.

As long as anyone can remember, she has professed to be a Christian and has lived a full life consistent with those values.

Services were 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at First Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor Danny Delcour officiating. Burial was in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery in Pomona, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the First Free Will Baptist Building Fund in memory of Dorothy. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to


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