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Frances Dorthine Woolsey

June 3, 1919 - October 15, 2015

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F. Dorthine Woolsey
Tarkio, Missouri


Frances Dorthine Woolsey, the daughter of James Riley and Molly Beldon (Cox) Freeman, was born June 3, 1919, in Dearborn, Missouri. She attended Faucett Public Schools, Faucett, Missouri, before moving with her family to Tarkio, Missouri, in 1927. She attended Center View country school, east of Tarkio and graduated from Tarkio High School in 1937. Dorthine then attended Tarkio College for two years, graduating with a teacher’s certificate.


On December 10, 1942, Dorthine was united in marriage to John Woolsey in Tarkio, at the home of Father Fidelis Goetz. They became the parents of one son, John Rodney. During World War II, Dorthine lived in Rock Port, Missouri, and taught at Lone Cedar and Lone Star country schools, north of Rock Port. For a short time, John and Dorthine lived in Columbia, South Carolina, before returning to Tarkio, where she lived to the present time.


Dorthine taught fifth grade at Westboro School, Westboro, Missouri, and at Homer country school, north of Tarkio. Dorthine was then employed by Farmers and Valley Bank, in Tarkio, as a bookkeeper and teller for 18 years, retiring in 1980. John passed away in 2002. Dorthine passed away Thursday, October 15, 2015, at her home in Tarkio, at the age of 96.


Dorthine was an active member of the St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Tarkio, past President of St. Ann’s Altar Society and past President of Deanery 8 Alter Society of St. Joseph and Kansas City, Missouri, Diocese. She was a board member of the Tarkio Housing Authority for 20 years, a founding member and past President of the Morning Sun Friendship Club, and a former Atchison County Extension Council member.


Besides her parents and husband, Dorthine was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles Z., Raymond L., George T., and Jesse O. Freeman; four sisters, M. Elizabeth Freeman, Mary Angeline Smith, Clara Helen Adamson and Leona Maude Smith; and brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Thelma Woolsey. Survivors include son, John Rodney (Rod) Woolsey and wife, Mary Kathryn (Kay), Bonita Springs, Florida; three grandchildren, Monica Kathryn Fox and husband, Jason, John Robert Woolsey, and James Rodney Woolsey; one great-grandchild, Carson Fox; adopted family, Hank and Sally Wehmann, Hank passed away in May 2015, and their daughters, Sarah and Mary Wehmann; numerous nieces and nephews, James Clifford Smith, Robert D. Smith, Betty Fischer, Anna Belle Burke, Doris Withrow, James Leroy Smith, Jean Stevens, Marion Freeman, Duane Freeman, Dean Freeman, James Owen Freeman, Darlene Miller, Peggy Driskell and Donald Freeman.


Mass of the Christian Burial: 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 19, 2015, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Tarkio.
Interment: Home Cemetery, Tarkio.
Open visitation will begin 10:00 A.M., Sunday, October 18, 2015, at Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio, where a rosary will be recited at 4:00 P.M., and the family will receive friends from 5:00-6:00 P.M.
Memorials: St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Tarkio or Home Cemetery, Tarkio.
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Services: Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.