Dorothy Louise (Wallace) (Mitchell) Kenimer, 102, was born on a farm outside Milford, MO, on Nov. 15, 1921, the first of seven children born to Rial and Marjorie Wallace. Dorothy passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Dorothy attended high school in Jerico Springs and graduated as Valedictorian in 1940. She worked in Nevada, Missouri until 1941 when she married Billie Mitchell and moved back to Jerico Springs. They had their first child, Larry, in 1942. In 1944 while Billie was serving in the Army during WWII, Dorothy worked at Pratt & Whitney in Kansas City making airplane parts for the military. Daughter Pamela was born in Jerico Springs in 1947. Later that year the family moved back to Kansas City and in 1949 Bradley was born.

After the couple’s divorce, Dorothy moved back to Nevada where she worked at Montgomery Ward for several years before taking at job at the Nevada State Hospital as a psychiatric aide. She worked at the State Hospital for ten years and in 1967 married Charles (Chuck) Kenimer.  The couple lived in Nevada until 1970 when Chuck went to work for Burns and McDonnell Engineering. His job as a mechanical engineer took them all around the country for the next 27 years. When Chuck retired in 1997, they moved to El Dorado Springs. After Chuck’s death in 2006, Dorothy remained in their home until 2023.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her 3 brothers, Gaylord, Richard and Kenneth, one sister, Glora Faye, and her daughter Pam. She is survived by her sons Larry (Dorothy) and Brad (Jonna), her sisters Betty and Glenda, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces & nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at the Baptist Church in Jerico Springs, MO with Pastor Robert Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery in Milford, MO.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to Wounded Warriors Project c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

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