Dorthy Mae Taber, 79, formerly of Fort Scott, and recently of Rogers, Ark., passed away Thursday, evening Oct. 5, 2006, at the Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Ark. She was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Lawton, Okla., the daughter of Elmer Eldon and Frances Elizabeth (Townley) Howeth. She married Owen B. "Sonny" Taber Oct. 19, 1942, in Chickasha, Okla. He preceded her in death Feb. 7, 1993.
Dorthy and Sonny moved to Wichita, Kan., in 1944, and then to the Fort Scott area in 1968. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, and loved the outdoors and to fish.
She is survived by a son, Robert Wayne Taber of Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Velma Darlene Shepherd and her husband Gary of Springdale; two brothers, Delvin Wayne Howeth of Tampa, Fla., Hubert Howeth of Reedsport, Ore.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Howeth of Fort Scott, Kan., and Lois Howeth of Derby, Kan.; two brothers-in-law, Bob Allen of Kansas City, Mo., and Bob McCoy of Fort Scott; and five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Sonny, she was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Mabel Allen, Velma Geraldine McCoy and Elma Elizabeth Morphis; three brothers, Billy Gene Howeth, A.G. Howeth and Aaron Howeth; and a daughter, Theresa Ann Taber.
James Stradley will conduct funeral services for Dorthy 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Monday evening, Oct. 9, from 7-8, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Fort Scott National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary or to the American Cancer Society and left in care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 West Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.