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July 2, 2009

(12/18/1921 – 6/26/2009)

Dorothy Lee Fordney, 87, of Memphis, MO, passed away June 26, 2009, in the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

The daughter of Benjamin and Tina (Saunders) Barnes, she was born on December 18, 1921, in Newark, MO. She was a graduate of LaBelle High School in LaBelle, MO.

On June 15, 1940, she was married to George Fordney in Newark, MO. To this union one daughter, Georgia, was born.

Dorothy was a cook for the railroad while her husband worked on the railroad line. After their work for the railroad, they settled in the Newark area to farm. In 1950 they moved to Rutledge where they farmed and raised dairy cattle until George’s retirement in the 1970’s.

Dorothy enjoyed gardening, cooking, crocheting and quilting. She enjoyed serving others, whether family, friends or strangers. She was a member of the Rutledge Baptist Church and the Rutledge Booster Club.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband in September of 1988; one brother, Lawrence Barnes; and two sisters, Fleta Caldwell and Mary Peachee.

Survivors include her daughter, Georgia and husband Johnny Erickson of Gorin, MO; two granddaughters, Terri Dobson of Harrison, ARK and Tammi Dobson Dale of Memphis, MO; two great grandchildren, Aaron Dale and wife Anna of Mt. Pleasant, IA, and Aimee Dale of Memphis, MO; one great great grandson, Vincent Dale of Mt. Pleasant, IA; and nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2009, in the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis, MO, with the Reverend Ernest Deatrick officiating. Special music was provided by Louise and Allen Fitzgerald. Pallbearers were Aaron Dale, Gary Smith, Chad Triplett, Jamie Triplett, Curt Triplett, and Roger Armstrong. Interment was in the Indian Creek Cemetery in Scotland County, MO.

Memorials are suggested to the Indian Creek Cemetery or to the Scotland County Care Center and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555. Online condolences may be sent to the Fordney family via email at

Arrangements were under the direction of Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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