Pearl Ann Dodd, 98, of El Dorado Springs, passed away at Cedar County Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Pearl was born Jan. 6, 1915 near Monmouth, KS, to William and Clearcy (Bookout) Mackey. One of nine children, she grew up on a farm and was educated in a one-room schoolhouse. She moved to Parsons, KS, in the 1930’s where she owned and operated three neighborhood grocery stores. During World War II she worked at the McDonnell Douglas aircraft plant in Tulsa, OK, and later at Kansas Ordnance Plant in Parsons, KS.
She spent much of her adult life in Parsons, KS, as a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Parsons and Presbyterian Women. While living in Parsons she often helped as a poll worker in her local precinct. She was a member of the Katy Railroad Historical Society, attending meetings with many MKT retirees.
After moving to El Dorado Springs in 1979, she was an active member of the Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder and participant in the adult Sunday School class. She had recently transferred her church membership to the The First Christian Church in El Dorado Springs. Pearl volunteered in the elementary school classrooms and was involved with local Republican Party causes.
Pearl was an excellent cook and loved to feed a kitchen full of family and friends. She was especially skilled in making pies. Gardening, reading, quilting and working crossword puzzles were some of her favorite activities. She spent many evenings reading and studying the bible. She loved to travel and was the perfect navigator on road trips. The mountains of Colorado and beaches of Florida were some of her favorite destinations. She was fiercely independent, tenacious, loyal and dedicated to her family.
Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Courtney D. Dodd and is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Claudine and Bob Burris, El Dorado Springs, and Mary Ann and Dr. David Amos, Santa Fe, NM; grandchildren and spouses, Christi Burris, El Dorado Springs, Courtney and David Buchmann, Prairie Village, KS, Joshua and Naomi Amos, Denver, CO, and Drs. Luke and Lauren Amos, Prairie Village, KS.
Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, 2401 Gillham Rd., Kansas, City MO 64108.
Services were Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs under the direction of Rev. Clayton Cook
Special music was “Amazing Grace,” “Be Thou My Vision” and “It Is Well With My Soul.”
Interment was at the Oakwood Cemetery Parsons, KS, Sunday, January 5, 2014, with Rev. Alexandra Knott, officiating
Arrangements were by Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.