Dorothy "Dottie" M. (Stephens) MoodyFebruary 21, 1929 ~ August 30, 2020 (age 91)
Dorothy Mae “Dottie” Moody, nee Stephens, age 91 of Fairview Heights, IL, died on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at her residence.
Dottie was an accomplished artist, an avid gardener, enjoyed traveling, gourmet cooking, antiquing, and loved lake house living. She attended Southwest Missouri State University to purse an art degree. Dottie placed first in the Miss Springfield, Missouri Beauty Pageant and was to move up to the Miss Missouri Beauty Pageant, but the pageant was cancelled due to the Polio Epidemic. She was a featured singer at the Gillioz Theatre, Springfield, MO. Dottie worked as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone Company, Springfield, MO and at Camp Crowder Military Station near Neosho, MO.
Dottie and Everett were joined in marriage on April 11, 1953. They were co-owners of Moody Pharmacy in Fairview Heights, IL for 30 years. Dottie was the First Lady of the City of Fairview Heights which was incorporated on October 2, 1969. She served as Caseyville Township Trustee. She was a Charter Member of the Fairview Heights Library Association and the Fairview Heights Art Council. Dottie especially enjoyed chairing the Midwest Salute to the Masters (Salute to the Arts) Children’s Tent.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Everett Moody; her parents, Otmar Eugene and Susie, nee Coats, Stephens; her grandsons, Jeffrey Moody II and Connor Drouin; her brothers, Gene Stephens, Otmar Eugene “Doc” Stephens II and John Stephens; a sister, Betty Stephens; and family friend, Doug Bridges.
She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Moore, Laura (Don) Drouin and Marybeth (Jim) Laing; a son, Jeff (Donna) Moody; a sister, Mary Jo McManus; her grandchildren, Kara Moore, Trisha (Steve Barringer) Moody, Katelin Moore, Joshua Moore, Shanna (Jacob) Furey, Alexa Drouin, Michaela Drouin, Sophie Laing and Mia Laing; her great-grandchildren, Aidan Gundlach, Grace Argie, Jacob Gundlach and Madison Barringer; her step-grandchildren, Jared Zellin (Amanda Forsythe) and Jenna Zellin (Andrew Smith); and her step great-grandchildren, Emery Smith and Mariah Zellin. Dottie is also survived many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff of the Colonnade/Heritage O’Fallon, IL and the nurses of Heartland Hospice for the excellent care that she received.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 Salem Place, Suite 165, Fairview Heights, IL 62208.
Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL.
Memorial service will be 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL with Pastor Vern Lintvedt officiating. A private burial of her cremated remains will be held at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.
333 Salem Place, Suite 150, Fairview Heights IL 62208