Farming Rural 14

Mary Ellen (Baugh) Dunn

June 23, 1937 ~ April 24, 2020 (age 82)


          Mary Ellen (Baugh) Dunn died on April 24 secure in the love of her Savior, her husband, and her family. She was born June 23, 1937 to Olin and Elizabeth (Ankrom) Baugh near Middletown, MO. She attended Crossroads Elementary and Wellsville-Middletown High School. On February 27, 1955 in Wellsville, Missouri, she married Larry Dunn. During their 65 years together, they worked the family farm as partners, with Mary Ellen often driving tractors and tandem grain trucks with the CB handle Little Bo Peep. Larry and Mary Ellen raised three daughters, Kathy, Laura Lee, and Julie. 

          Mary Ellen was a lifelong shepherd, with her father beginning their Montadale flock in 1945, and then continuing Baugh & Dunn Montadales when her father Olin and husband Larry entered into a partnership in 1958. Their flock is now the oldest continuous Montadale flock in the United States. She enjoyed attending various fairs and sheep shows, never missing a Missouri State Fair since 1975. She loved and enjoyed seeing her sheep showing family at each of these events. Mary Ellen participated in Ladies Lead Line for many years, often wearing outfits made for the Make It Yourself With Wool contest. Continuing the tradition, she made many wool outfits for her daughters and grandaughters. 

          Mary Ellen had a large garden, and besides sewing, she was very good at different crafts, as well as shopping at high rates of speed. Speed was usually involved when she was driving, including in the Mustang convertible Larry bought her for their 40th wedding anniversary. 

          She was a lifelong member of Hopewell Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and was the president of the Women’s Missionary Union for many years. She was also a founding member of the Harmony Club (Missouri Federated Women’s Club) of Middletown. 

          Mary Ellen is survived by her husband Larry, daughters Kathy (Tom) Barr of West Plains, Laura Lee (Butch) Rose of Columbia, and Julie (Adam) Gatson of Vandalia. Her eight grandchildren referred to her as Teep, and included Jared (Leslie) Barr of West Plains, Kerensa (Luke) Cassis of Kansas City, Kaylee (Andrew) Paredes of Kansas City, Steve (Kate) Niemeier of Butler, Illinois, Cheyenne (Brendan) Roberts of Raytown, Kasey Gatson and Abilene Gatson of Vandalia, and Trent Rose of O’Fallon. Great grandchildren include Mia Barr; Leo, Jett and Chaney Cassis; Vanessa Paredes; Bode and Bryce Niemeier; and Otto and Adalind Roberts. She is also survived by her sister Ann (Robert) Wilkerson of Edmond, Oklahoma, and their children Chad (Beth) Wilkerson and family of Edmond, OK, and Dana Wilkerson of Oklahoma City; sister-in-law Judy (Bob) Rottman of Middletown; brother-in-law Jim (Nancy) Dunn of Middletown; and sister-in-law Erma Dunn of Middletown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, Olin and Elizabeth Baugh; infant brother, Duane Lee Baugh; sister-in-law Barb (Tom) Eckler; and brother-in-law Bill Dunn.

          Private Family Graveside Services were Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown.  Rev. Jonathan Bradley officiated. 

          Services were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Middletown.

          Memorial contributions were suggested to Compassus Hospice c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.

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