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Dorothy Ellios
Dorothy Ellis

Until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in Thy mercy grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the end.

Dorothy Ellis
Dorothy (Woolford) Ellis was born on June 13, 1920 in Koshkonong, Missouri. She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Allie (Guy) Woolford; by her husband, Dr. C.H.(Claude) Ellis of Thayer; and by her beloved younger brother, Bill Woolford.

She is survived by her beloved daughter, Kay Ellis, of Thayer. She is also survived by her two nieces, Terrie (Woolford) Sanders of Grain Valley, Missouri and Karen (Woolford) Givens of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dorothy was involved in politics on the county, state and national level most of her life. She was most proud of her 14 years as Oregon County Commissioner.
As an environmentalist, she was known for her help in establishing the Irish Wilderness as a federally protected wilderness area. One of her proudest accomplishments was when the Grand Gulf became a reality as a Missouri State Park. In 1984 the Department of Natural Resources presented her with the Resource Steward Award. She was also given the Sol Feinstone Award for individual conservation activism. Dorothy served on numerous boards and committees throughout her life, fighting for the causes that were dear to her.

She was an avid reader and thrived on the beauty of nature that she celebrated each day. Dorothy was of the Methodist faith, but experienced her God and spirituality each day in the natural beauty and in her many cherished friendships and relationships that surrounded her.

Visitation and a celebration of her life with friends will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, followed by burial and a brief graveside service at 1 p.m. at Thayer cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude donations can be made on line or can be left at the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer or West Plains.

“ I am grown peaceful as old age tonight. I regret little, I would change still less.” – Robert Browning



  1. Matthew Pylant, William Sexton, & Camille (Sexton) Lockhart
    November 14, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

    Dorothy was an amazing woman – she truly made the world a better place. She was our grandmother’s best friend and an essential part of our childhood – our lives are better for having known her. She instilled in each of us a respect for nature and an awareness of the need for conservation. We are so lucky to have had this kind, yet very strong woman as a role model.
    Dorothy, Bert Margaret, and Clastel are together again – laughing and having a ball.
    Kay, we are so very sorry for your loss.
    Love Always, William Sexton, Camille (Sexton) Lockhart, and Matthew Pylant


  2. Larry Rowe
    November 15, 2016 @ 10:27 am

    I am very sorry for the loss of Miss Dorothy. I have served on the Oregon County Sheltered Workshop Board with her for nearly 30 years. She was always such a sweet and concerned lady when discussing business of the Workshop. I know I speak for the entire board in saying that we are gonna miss her immensely. A truly passionate activist about the things she believed in.


  3. Neasha Smith
    November 15, 2016 @ 11:34 am

    Ms. Ellis,

    I just wanted to let you know that my family is thinking of you. You’re in out thoughts and prayers.

    Neasha Smith


  4. Beverly (Terrell) Broyles
    November 17, 2016 @ 1:04 pm

    Kay so sorry to hear of your mothers passing she was a wonderful women and was a big help to so many, she is heaven now i am sure sharing her love with my baby Andrew, prayers for you in this time of sorrow,


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