Dorothy Evelyn (Cromer) Gannaway

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dorothy Evelyn (Cromer) Gannaway, 103, of Windsor, Mo., formerly of El Dorado Springs, Mo., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. She was at the Windsor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Windsor.

She was born in rural Camden County on Jan. 8, 1909, the third of five daughters of David Ramsey Cromer and Ella Louisa (Calkin) Comer. She graduated from Stoutland High School in 1927, attended Springfield State Teachers' College (now Missouri State University), and taught school three years. She was married to Clarence Wilson "Sid" Gannaway on Aug. 16, 1930, in Stockton Mo. He preceded her in death on Sept. 14, 1989.

At the age of 14 she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized. Dorothy was an active member of the First Baptist Church of El Dorado Springs, Mo., as long as she was physically able. She taught a Sunday school class most of her adult life. She also worked with the Girls' Auxiliary and the Young Women's Auxiliary for several years.

She was a 67 year member of the Order of Easter Star where she filled many of the offices. She had also been an active member of the Cedar County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses whom she loved as her own, Donald C. Gannaway and his wife, Ann, Nevada, Gayle M. Hadley, Windsor, Mo., and Leland L. Gannaway and his wife, Charlene, Springfield, Mo. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Don Gannaway, Beatrice, Neb., Denise Gannaway, Joplin, Mo., Yvonne Howell, Walker, Mo., Deanna Gowin, Tucson, Ariz., Dustin Gannaway, Nevada, Bruce Hadley, Windsor, Mo., Susan Reese, Acworth, Ga., Barry Gannaway and Jason Gannaway, both of Springfield, Mo. Also surviving are 19 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She took great pleasure in her grandchildren and their families.

Other survivors include several nieces, nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four sisters, Mildred Davis, Olive Jennings, Anna Jarrett and Elsie Swehla; a brother, David Roland, who died in infancy; and a son-in-law, Robert W. Hadley.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at the First Baptist Church, El Dorado Springs, Mo., with the Rev. Ron Marsh officiating. Burial will be in the Caplinger Mills Cemetery, Caplinger Mills, Mo. The family will receive friends before the service from 10 to 11 a.m., at the church. The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church, El Dorado Springs.

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