Dorothy Vick Howerton Graham passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at her home in Holden, Missouri.
Dorothy Maren Vick was born March 8, 1922, in LaFleshe, Saskatchewan, Canada, the sixth of seven children born to Carl Vick and Margaret “Effie” Baldry Vick. As a child, Dorothy moved with her family to homestead in Opheim, Montana, where she graduated from high school in 1939.
Dorothy then moved with her family to Knob Noster, Missouri, where she met her future husband Harold Robert Howerton.
When the U.S. entered WWII, Harold joined the Navy and two of Dorothy’s brothers, Mervin and Kenneth, joined the Army and they went off to war.
Wanting to do her part, Dorothy went to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the government in support of the war effort. After the war, Dorothy moved to Chicago, IL, for a job with Sears Roebuck & Co.
After working in Chicago for a few years, Dorothy returned to Knob Noster and married Harold on December 31,1951.
Dorothy and Harold had three children, Robert Harold Howerton, Debra Ann Howerton and Vicki LaDawn Howerton.
On March 18, 1955 Dorothy took the Oath of Allegiance and received her Certificate of Naturalization, becoming a U.S. citizen.
The family was living in Anchorage, Alaska when Harold died in an accident at work on November 1, 1961.
Dorothy and her three young children moved to Holden in 1962, where they built a house next door to her parents.
It was in this very home that Dorothy passed away almost 60 years later.
While living in Holden, Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper for Don Hancock Construction and Answering Service of Holden and Hunt Bros.
Trucking of Warrensburg, as well as Don Hancock’s supermarket in Holden, MO and Ken Jennings’ hardware store, formerly known as Skarcliff Hardware Store.
Dorothy was a lifelong member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints/Community of Christ and devoted much of her life in support of the local congregation.
Dorothy married David James Graham and David passed away on July 21, 1981.
Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Debra Howerton Mannino, and Vicki Howerton Dufresne, both of Holden, MO. Two stepsons, David Graham (Sandy) of Somers, MT and Evan Graham (Joy) of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Angela Mannino Smith (Lance), Gina Mannino Mitchell (Cory), Matthew Mannino, Sophie Dufresne, Andrea Graham Wiltfang (Jeff), Anisa Graham Sales, Sean Beisel, and Kerrie Beisel; great-grandchildren, Dorothy Ann Mitchell, Von Cedric Graham, Chynna Graham, Caiden Graham, Jack Wiltfang, James Wiltfang, Molly Wiltfang, McKenzie Sales, Savannah Sales, Timmie Sales, Jasmine Mills, Stephanie Schlor, Tracy Misor (Dean), Eric Love (Stephanie) and Alix Braun (Devon), with two more great-grandchildren on the way; great-great grandchildren, Melina Schlor and Raylynn Love; and many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Effie; her husband, Harold; her husband, David; her son, Robert; her grandson, David Anson Graham; and all of her brothers and sisters, Melvin Vick, Vivian Vick Isakson, Mervin Vick, Gladys Vick Sather, Kenneth Vick and Adrien Vick; and all of the many cousins of her generation.
There was a Celebration of Life service at graveside at the Fairview Cemetery, Holden, MO on Tuesday, February 23.
Presiding minister for the service was Apostle Randy Vick.
Pallbearers were Matthew Mannino, Ned Mannino, Alex Vick, Dennis Vick, Roger Vick, Donald Vick, Tony Vick and Robert Davidson.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Campbell-Cast Funeral Home, Holden, MO.