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Dorothy Rodgers McCarty

September 3, 1924 — November 6, 2014

Dorothy Sprague Rodgers McCarty, 90, of Kahoka, Missouri passed away at the Clark County Nursing Home on Thursday evening, November 6, 2014, where she had resided. The daughter of LeVern and and Lorene Fordney Sprague, she was born September 3, 1924, on her mother’s 19th birthday, in Scotland County, Missouri near Gorin.

In her younger days, Dorothy remembers riding a horse to school. She graduated from Gorin High School and attended college at Kirksville State Teacher’s College in Kirksville, MO and MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL.

Dorothy married Charles William (Junior) Rodgers on July 31, 1946 and to this union four children were born, Karen, Sherry, Kevin and Charles Keith.

Rodgers Jewelry Store in Memphis, MO opened in March 1960 and Dorothy operated the store with her children after the passing of her husband in 1966.  She ran the store for a total of 60 years until retiring at the age of 80, when she closed the store in 2005.

In August, 1967, Dorothy married Merton McCarty and they continued to live in Memphis. He preceded her in death in 2002.

She moved to Kahoka in 2005 to be close to her children, Karen and Kevin, and their families. After moving to Kahoka, Dorothy would return to Memphis on a regular basis to change the store window display and catch up with friends.

In September 2010, Dorothy moved to Clark County Nursing Home. Sadly, the store building collapsed three days after her move.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; infant son, Charles Keith; brother, Bud Sprague; nieces and nephews; the most recent being Clifford Knupp.

Those surviving who are lucky to call her mother are Karen and Richard Tuttle of Kahoka, MO, Sherry Rodgers of Gilbert, AZ, Kevin and Becky Rodgers of rural Williamstown, MO. Those blessed to call her grandma are Douglas (Mary) Tuttle, Rochelle (Phil) Lite, Kimberly (Michael) Kupanoff, Kristen (Adam) Haro, Jennifer (David) Snead, and Eric (Kristina) Rodgers.  Those who were fortunate to call her great-grandma are Jessica and Brett Tuttle, Javis, Jared and Joel Vineyard, Alexander, Christian and Daniel Kupanoff, Madelyn and Mateo Haro and Blake, Jenna and Kamden Rodgers.  Happily she was able to enjoy being great-great-grandma to Gabrielle and Brent. Other survivors include her two sisters, Helen (Wesley) Knupp and Norma Fountain, and a host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Copper Fund.  This fund has been established to help with the cost and expenses of obtaining a seizure response dog for one of Dorothy’s granddaughters, Jennifer Snead.  Memorials may be mailed or given to Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 East Madison Street, Memphis, MO 63555.  They may also be sent directly to State Street Bank, 801 State Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301.  Any donations should contain both the name of the fund (The Copper Fund) and the name Jennifer Snead.

From the family:  Our mother and grandma was an inspiration to all the lives she touched. She never knew a stranger and had a big hug ready for everyone she met.  Mom, Mother and Grandma Mert, all of which she was called, was the rock of our family.  She will be deeply missed by all of us.  She shaped our lives and taught us how to live well.  We send her off to be with those loved ones who have missed her and are rejoicing with her in heaven.  Until we can see each other again, she will forever live within each one of us and for that we are eternally grateful.  Thank you, Grandma. We love you.
Visitation
Sunday, Nov. 9.2014, at the Payne Funeral Chapel from 1 to 6 p.m. family hour 4 - 6 p.m.
Service
11:00 a.m.Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis
Interment
Memphis Cemetery
Memorial Contributions
Memorials may be mailed or given to Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 East Madison Street, Memphis, MO 63555.  They may also be sent directly to State Street Bank, 801 State Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301.  Any donations should contain both the name of the fund (The Copper Fund) and the name Jennifer Snead. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dorothy Rodgers McCarty, please visit our flower store.

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