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Dorothy Boyce Humeston

Dorothy Boyce, 91, of Humeston died April 26, 2014, at Legacy Lodge in Chariton.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon. Daryl Hanson and Andy Boyce officiated. Burial was in Humeston Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Legacy Lodge Hospice in Dorothy’s memory.

Dorothy Marie Boyce, daughter of Effie (Gilbert) and John Oscar Anderson, was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Chariton.

Dorothy graduated from Cambria High School in 1940.

Dorothy worked for Kenneth Surbaugh at the Humeston grocery store from 1941 until 1945 during World War II.

On Sept. 26, 1946, Dorothy married Ralph Clifford Boyce in Leona.

Dorothy was baptized into the membership of Eden Baptist Church in 1964, and was a member of Eden Ladies Aid. She later joined Humeston Baptist Church. Dorothy spent many years as a Sunday school and Bible school teacher and youth leader. She was also a member of Alva F. Eaton Legion Post No. 306 Auxiliary and Fairview Club, serving for more than 50 years.

Dorothy and Ralph farmed in Decatur, Lucas and Wayne counties, settling at her present home near Humeston in 1958.

Dorothy is survived by her son Jim (wife Leola) Boyce of Osceola; daughters, Carol Shipley of Chariton and Kathy Sullivan of Humeston; grandchildren, Andy and Kristina Boyce, Joni and Jess Duckart, Ben and Amy Boyce, Marta and Paul Evans, Jay and Nancy Shipley, Kerry Sullivan and Matt and Tiffany Sullivan; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Hunter Boyce, Rylee and Claire Duckart, Lance Wetterling, Kasie and Andy Crawford, Brittney and Cody Evans, Katie Shipley and Kylor and Allen Sullivan; great- great-grandchildren, Caden, Nolan and Scotlyn Crawford; sister-in-law Roberta Anderson of Seymour,; and many other relatives and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1998; brothers, Everett and infant Paul Anderson; mother- and father-in-law, Orville C. and Maude (Gunter) Boyce; son-in-law Jerry Sullivan; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Charles Boyce and Pearl and George Cleveland and Mary.

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