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Dorothy Jean (McCullough) Dunn

November 18, 1943 ~ July 13, 2018 (age 74)

          Dorothy Jean “Dottie” Dunn, 74, of Montgomery City, passed peacefully away at her home on Friday, July 13, 2018. 

          Mrs. Dunn was born on November 18, 1943, in Aurora, Mo., to Eugene Taylor and Dorothy Jewell (Wells) McCullough. She graduated from Aurora High School and went on to work for Sherwin-Williams and Emerson Electric. 

          She married Ralph Dunn, the love of her life and husband of 30 years, in 1977, and moved to a 20-acre farm in Bellflower in 1979. Dottie loved living on the farm with her family and was a successful livestock farmer until 1983, when she and Ralph opened Home Cinema. Dottie and Ralph were innovators from the start by introducing VHS video rentals to Montgomery County at a time when Betamax video stores were still popular. She and Ralph then purchased the True Value Hardware Store in 1992. They retired from the farm in 2000 and moved to Montgomery City and continued to grow branch stores of Home Cinema in Mexico, Centralia, Bellflower and New Florence. Following Ralph’s passing in 2007, Dottie continued to operate Home Cinema until 2008 and the True Value Hardware Store until 2010.

          Dottie found a second calling in her twilight years and became a Youth Specialist at the Montgomery City Youth Center in 2000. She counseled youths and often mentioned to others  that it was her opportunity to make a difference in the lives of troubled youths. She worked at the Youth Center until her retirement in 2014.

          Mrs. Dunn was well known throughout the community as a respected businesswoman and a dear friend to many. An avid reader, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends and enjoyed an active lifestyle. Her caring nature and warm smile were her trademarks in life and an inspiration to those lives she touched.

          Dottie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Linda Brock, of Monroe, La.; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Steve Frauenhoffer, of Jonesburg; and granddaughters, Haley and Kelsey Brock, of Kansas City, Mo.

          At Dottie’s request, no funeral services were held, but rather a Celebration of Life was attended by a small circle of family and dearest friends at her home on Saturday, July 21st.

          Her son and daughter, as well as her best friend, Cindy Ray, would like to acknowledge Mandy Gasich, Tina Trusty, and Monica Popoca of Compassus Hospice for their care and compassion of not only Dottie, but their support of all of those with her in her final journey.  These ladies took care of Dottie with grace and love in every moment and her final steps were better for their thoughtfulness and affection.

          Mrs. Dunn’s arrangements were under the direction of Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Helen Reagan Cancer Fund: c/o of Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates St., Wellsville, MO 63384.