Dorthea (Dot) Gertrude Pace, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at Montgomery Place in Independence.
Dot’s family is planning a celebration of her life to be held at a later date in Independence, Kansas.
Dot was born Oct. 4, 1934, in Neodesha to Everett and Hazel (Willard) Powell. She grew up in Neodesha, graduating from Neodesha High School in 1952.
In 1953, Dot married Joel Stephens, with whom she had three children -- Becky, Gary and Gregg -- all of which were raised in Neodesha. After divorcing Joel, she married DA Pace in 1972, and they remained married until his death in 2007.
While a student at NHS, she worked at the Klock Theater on Main Street. Dot later worked for Pedi-Bears -- a slipper company in Neodesha -- in the early 1960s before beginning a nearly three-decade career at Automotive Control Corporation (ACC). She retired from ACC in 1997.
When her children were small, Dot was a Cub Scout leader and classroom parent. She loved gardening, building elaborate water features in her backyard. She enjoyed reading, and continued to listen to books on tape when small print became difficult in her later years. She was a big fan of Tiger Woods and watched him play golf on TV whenever she could. Braum’s hamburgers were a favorite, along with milkshakes, chocolate and Dr. Pepper. In retirement, she traveled with DA in an MG Midget to represent the Masonic Lodge in parades around Kansas and surrounding states. She kept her TV tuned to Hallmark Channel and loved Hallmark movies.
But most of all, she always said her favorite hobby was taking care of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She taught them about unconditional love and genuine kindness. All of them will miss her deeply.
Dot was a member of the First Christian Church in Neodesha, and was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Neodesha Birthday Club.
Dot was preceded in death by her parents Hazel and Everett, her husband DA, sons Gary and Gregg, and brother Jack Powell.
Dot is survived by daughter Becky (Michael) Cox; daughter-in-law Amy Stephens; grandchildren Jennifer (Mike) Edwards, Ryan Cox, Summer Goodman-Sargent, Kelsey (Beth) Smith-Stephens, and Allie Stephens; and great-grandchildren Zoe Edwards, Kaelyn Cox, Connor Cox, Brynnan Sargent, Bryson Sargent, Brody Sargent, and Greycen Smith-Stephens.
She is also survived by stepchildren Dean (Cheri Scheeringa) Pace, Susan (Cary) Roland and Jaime (Kay) Pace; step-grandchildren Dane (Sarah) Pace, Tilir Scheeringa, Chanlier Scheeringa, Cora Sheeringa, Bentley Sheeringa, Nathaniel (Krissann) Roland, Christopher Roland, Colton Roland, Avana Pace, Alysa Pace, and Alexa Pace; and step-great-grandchildren Audric Roland, Khloe Roland, Sadie Roland, Maverick Roland, Domnic Roland, Marcus Cannon, and Theodore Doorn.
Additionally, she leaves behind many other family members, friends and the exceptional nurses who took care of her at Vintage Park/Morningstar Care Homes and Montgomery Place Skilled Nursing.
Dot’s kindness was admired by many. In lieu of flowers or monetary contributions, her family asks an act of kindness be shared in her memory.
Online condolences may be left at www.loranfawcettfuneralhome.com.
Becky and family,
I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I remember her sweetness and love that she so gracefully shared with me and Gregg’s friends. May God hold you close to God’s heart during this difficult time.
Darrel ProffittLawrence, KS
Becky & family- We are so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing away. She was a dear friend. We always enjoyed talking to her and always admired her sweet friendly smile.Our thoughts, prayers are with you and your family.
Loren & Romona PeckNeodesha, KS
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Your mom was so special to all of my family. She was an important person in our "old" neighborhood. My favorite story of Dot and my mom was when they rode to ACC together. They came home one evening and told us they had seen a UFO on the way to work. We often took the liberty of reminding them of the dangerous aliens. They were serious about what they had seen for years.
May our God comfort you, grant you peace, and watch over you during this time of loss
Judyth CliftonNeodesha, KS
Dot kept in touch with my mother with visits and later cards and letters. Mother (Wilma Powell DeWitt) cherished each visit and all of Dot’s words of encouragement during difficult times. Dot was a wonderful person she will be missed.
Marsha DeWitt McElroyTulsa,, OK
May you RIP “ Dot” your life and kindness will always be remembered. My prayers go out to the family and friends of such a beautiful lady.
Richard GentryBryant, AR
Rip grandma. Still can’t believe your gone. Wish I could of gotten to say goodbye. I love and miss you grandma so much. Until we meet again.
Sara CookChanute, KS
Dot was such a blessing. She was always so kind & gracious towards everyone. Sincere condolences to Becky & the rest of the family.
Susan ApolloNeodesha, KS
Becky, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. It's never easy to lose your mom. My prayers are with you and your family.
Ronda QuonnWichita, KS
Dear family of Dot,
So sorry to the passing of Dot. She was such a sweet kind lady always smiling. May you all find comfort from Jesus during this time. Prayers for you all.
In Christ's name,
Susie (Buel) Tucker
Susie TuckerMagnolia, MS
She was such a sweet lady. Always had a smile on her face. I'm sorry for your loss.
Ashley CarpenterNeodesha, KS
Becky, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, may she rest in peace. Her description in her obituary mad me think of my own mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sandy (Buel) Thompson
Sandy (Buel) ThompsonIndependence, KS
Oh Becky so sorry. Miss her so much. Hugs and prayers for u all.
Tisha raidaThayer, KS
Becky , Sorry to learn of your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful person WE thought lots of her
Vicki HoltzmanAltoona, KS
So sorry for your loss. Dot was such a sweet lady. Mom remembers the days of visiting with her at the Lantern! Then to be able to see her at vintage park as well. She will be missed.
Karolyn SchultzNeodesha, KS
You have my Sympathy at the loss of your Mother. May your memories ease the pain of sorrow. Becky special thoughts for you.
Lois StaleyClay Center, KS
I can't remember when I didn't know Dot. I always have appreciated her kind spirit and upbeat attitude. In my Mother's (Marie Kneebone) later years, she mentioned many times how much she enjoyed talking to Dot and Dot's willingness "to be her eyes" if the opportunity arose. Also shared memories and news about their children and especially grandchildren. Just a really good person who will be missed. Billie Porter
Billie PorterNeodesha, KS