Dorothy Myers, age 92, of rural Eddyville, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Dorothy Lee Maupin, was born on Good Friday, April 14, 1922, during a blizzard in North Platte. She was the second oldest of nine children born to Robert and Mary Dolan Maupin of rural Grainton.
She attended a small rural school for 2 years and then the Grainton School for the next 10 years, graduating in 1939 as salutatorian of her class of seven.
During the summer months, she worked for pay in several homes in the Grainton community. She continued her education at Kearney State College, receiving a teacher's certificate that allowed her to teach in Class 1 schools.
Dorothy's first teaching position was in District 20 in Custer County (Burr Oak), holding that position for five years. She lived with her Uncle Ed and Aunt Blanche (Horn) Maupin while teaching.
Dorothy met Morris L. Myers, a local Custer County rancher and farmer, during her teaching years. June 28, 1944, they were united in marriage at the Grainton Methodist Church. They began their married life on the Myers Ranch, her home for the past 70 years.
She and Morris worked as a united team, together in every aspect of the family operation. She continued to help with the business bookkeeping until the day she left for the hospital in June, 2014.
Dorothy's work and hobbies revolved around the ranch, her family, community, and local Burr Oak church. She bore a servants heart - willing, dedicated, and caring. Wherever there was a need, she helped provide and fulfill that need.
She was a member of the Burr Oak Church where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and faithfully served Him throughout her years. She taught children's Sunday School classes for many years along with Vacation Bible School, becoming known as "Grandma Dorothy" to many children.
She and Morris attended the church faithfully and were involved in many Bible studies and prayer meetings. Together, they also supported many missionaries around the world. She also was a camp counselor at Homeward Trail Bible Camp many years, a camp very important to her and Morris.
Later, she helped provide and prepare many meals for the camp and she and Morris expended many volunteer hours and donations toward the upkeep of the camp. Christian Women's Club was a very important part of Dorothy's life, attending monthly meetings and prayer coffees, and serving as an officer for many years.
Dorothy and Morris were supporters of the local 4-H program, with all four of their children involved. She rarely missed the beef and hog shows at the Custer County Fair and was always at the 4-H livestock auction. She served on the Custer County Extension Board and the Custer County Historical Society Board. She was also a longtime member of the Round Hill Homemakers club. Dorothy supported Morris in his many organizations and committees.
Dorothy possessed the gift of hospitality and people were always invited and welcomed into their home. Spending time with her Maupin family was of highest value to Dorothy. She and Morris traveled with her siblings on various trips. Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was extremely important to her. She sent cards and notes to many acquaintances for all occasions. Her personal hobbies centered on sewing and quilting, making a quilt for each grandchild. She also enjoyed gardening, especially her flowers.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Kent (Bonnie), at the ranch; daughter , Peggy of Lincoln, son, Tom (Barb), at the ranch; and daughter, Susan (Tom), of Normal, Ill. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Becky (Buddy) Miller Tommy (Relena) Myers, Jody (Guillermo) Bailey, Buffy (Kyle) Bader, Lindsay Myers, Ashley (Dylan) Connolly, Dustin Myers, Lura Parrent, and Jill Parrent. There are 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Maxine Young of Portland, Ore., and Isabel of North Platte; brothers, and their spouses, Clarence and Alyce of Scottsbluff, Wayne and Diana of Venango, and Wendell and Betty of Loveland, Colo., sister-in-law, Betty Maupin of Billings, Mont., and nieces, nephews and many friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her oldest sister, Roberta Norton, an infant sister, Virginia, and brother, Bob.
Funeral services for Dorothy Myers were Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Burr Oak Church. Pastor David Harder officiated. Burial was in the Box Elder Cemetery.
Memorial funds have been established in her name to the Burr Oak Church, Homeward Trail Bible Camp, or Nebraska Children's Home.
Govier Brothers Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.