Dorothy Lillian Prewitt departed this life on July 9, 2021, in Creve Coeur, Missouri, at the age of 96.
A lifelong resident of Oregon County, Missouri, and North Central Arkansas, she maintained a farm east of Thayer, Missouri, with her husband Albert Prewitt since 1946. It was a special place with a front porch always welcome to family, friends, and neighbors. She possessed abundant talents, a creative spirit, and always applied herself, whether in gardening, baking, crafting, or similar challenging endeavors. All who knew her celebrated her quilting skills, and she continued to produce intricate quilts into her 90s. Her abilities are best memorialized in the numerous quilts she created for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was born on August 20,1924, in Fulton County, Arkansas, to Merritt and Lillian Harrell. From a young age she displayed a commitment to education balanced with dedicated service to her family. At just the age of 14, she assumed parental duties during the week such as cooking and supervising daily activities so that she and her three brothers could live in town to attend school.
After graduating high school, she began her teaching career in Norwood, Missouri when WWII caused a teacher shortage.
Following graduation from high school in Thayer, Missouri, she attended the predecessor to Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, at a time when few women attended college, while also working and raising a family. She graduated in 1955 with honors and special recognition in Business and Math. She was a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon honorary math society, Pi Omega Pi Business Honorary Society, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Women’s Teacher Organization for which she served as an officer and actively participated throughout her career. She taught Business Education and Math at Couch High School for 40 years until her well-earned retirement.
In nearly 61 years of marriage, Dorothy and Albert maintained their farm and provided for their two sons, Larry and Gary Prewitt, who with the motivation, support, and inspiration of Dorothy and Albert achieved advanced degrees and many professional successes. During their retirement, Dorothy and Albert frequently hosted their grandchildren at the farm.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Ernest, Norman, and Truman Harrell; her husband; her son, Gary; and her granddaughter Sarah Prewitt.
She is survived by sister, Audrey Emery of Arnold, Missouri; son, Larry and his wife Janice of Wildwood, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Jo Beth Anderson and her husband Larry of Thayer, Missouri; grandchildren, Tammy Prewitt of Wildwood, Missouri, Brian Prewitt and his wife Elizabeth of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, Kevin Prewitt and his wife Lindsey of Shawnee, Kansas, and John Prewitt and his wife Maggie of St. Peters, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Ashtyn and Ansley Nicholson, Lillian, Larry, Sarah, Penelope, Scarlett and Remington Prewitt; and many nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, and former students.
Baptized in 1940 in the Warm Fork River, Dorothy was a devoted and faithful follower of Christ and member of the Church of Christ throughout her life. She modeled a faith for her family and friends that is at the heart of her legacy to the next generations. She was a blessing to her family and friends, a model of perseverance, diligence, loyalty, and integrity, and will be missed dearly.
Funeral services for Dorothy L. Prewitt will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brian Prewitt officiating.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to service time at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.
Burial will be on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Paragould Children’s Home.