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Dorothy S. Belshe

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

Dorothy Sue (Branstetter) Belshe, 86, of Vandalia, passed away at 11:48 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at her home in Henley, Missouri

Funeral services were held Friday at 11:00 a.m.  at Waters Funeral Chapel. Visitation was Thursday, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Officiating was Rev. Bob Hoehn.

Music provided by: Keith Hale – pianist; Sally Reader – soloist.

Interment was on Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Spring Garden Cemetery near Eugene, Missouri with Pastor Bruce Gardner officiating.

Mrs. Belshe was born on April 16, 1927 in Farber, Missouri the daughter of Willie Frank and Nannie (Klein) Branstetter.

She married Robert Ortan Belshe on September 4, 1945; he preceded her in death on September 16, 2011.

Dorothy was a lifelong Farber and Vandalia resident. Dorothy was also a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia where she taught Sunday school for many years and helped with vacation Bible school. She attended Farber schools and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1945. Dorothy spent her life raising her boys and enjoyed embroidery, gardening and her flowers.

Survivors include: three sons, Kevin Dale and wife, Susan Belshe of Henley; Curtis Lee Belshe of Vandalia; Thomas Wayne and wife, Darla Belshe of Jefferson City; one brother, Dale Branstetter of Bowling Green; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by: husband, Bob; one son, Jerald Robert Belshe; five brothers: Byron Branstetter, Harold Branstetter, Marvel Branstetter, Mack Branstetter and Roger Branstetter.

Pallbearers: Douglas Belshe, Preston Reams, Jason Kaiser, Marcus Belshe, Keith Hale and Donald Hoover. Honorary pallbearers: Loren Belshe and Kody Belshe.

Memorials are encouraged to Alzheimer’s Association, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Missouri 65201.