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Dorothy Jean Franke, age 97, of Novelty, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021, in Columbia, Missouri.

Born July 5, 1924, in Kirksville, Missouri, Dorothy was the daughter of Willard Sampson and Opal Alice Browning Wilgus. She was united in marriage to John Ray Franke on March 4, 1945, and he preceded her in death on February 16, 1992. Dorothy was also preceded by her parents.

Surviving are two sons, J.W. (Becky) Franke of Novelty, MO, and Stan R. (Myrna) Franke of Novelty, MO, grandchildren Sherri (John) Potter of Lee’s Summit, MO, Mark (Molly) Franke of Ottumwa, IA, Brent (Shelli) Franke of Weldon Springs, MO, David (Misty) Franke of Moberly, MO, John McFarland of Bay Point, CA, Amy DeAnn (Bob) Bacon of Brookline, MA, Christa Leigh (Eric) Harland of Bixby, OK, Alicia Jean (Ray) Bacon of Bethel, MO, great-grandchildren, Adelyn, Benton and Cayson Potter, Avery, Hayden and Emily Franke, Luke and Lily Franke, Alex, Will and Sadie Franke, Dominic Taylor, Bree, Andrew and Bella Bacon, Mackenzie, Aden and Piper Harland, Bo, Ty and Oz Bacon, and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy graduated from Novelty High School. She and her husband were engaged in farming in the Novelty community all their lives. She was an active member of the Novelty Christian Church and was a faithful reader of her Bible every day. She also taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible school. Dorothy enjoyed flowers and cooking and was well known for her chocolate chip cookies.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 2021, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Minister Paul Milliken will officiate the services. Musical selections will be What A Friend We Have In Jesus and In The Garden.

Burial will be in the Novelty Cemetery with Mark Franke, Brent Franke, Benton Potter, David Franke, Ray Bacon and Eric Harland as pall bearers. Honorary bearers will be Mike Franke, Rex Franke, Curtis Franke, Karl Franke and Kent Franke.

Visitation will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021, from 10 a.m. till time of services at 11 a.m. in the Hudson- Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Memorials are suggested to the Novelty Christian Church or Novelty Cemetery. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson- Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.