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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Updated Obituary - Dorothy Lee Hodges

 Dorothy Lee Hodges
Dorothy Lee Hodges, 79 of Drexel, Missouri passed away October 5, 2016 at her home in Drexel. Cremation, with memorial services to be held 3:00 pm, Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). 

No visitation. Burial will follow in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. Memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Drexel First Baptist Church, The Red Cross, or the Disabled American Veterans. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Dorothy Lee was born March 29, 1937 in Drexel, Missouri to Russell and Mary Elizabeth (Jacobs) Bratcher. She was a 1955 Drexel High School graduate as well as a basketball player. She had a great hook shot. Dorothy married Brad Hodges, the love of her life, on Valentine’s Day in 1976. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother and was very proud of her family. Dorothy also loved the Lord and was a long-standing member of the Drexel First Baptist Church. Her generosity and kind heart touched the lives of all she knew and met. Dorothy worked at the Osawatomie State Hospital in the Tuberculosis Unit and was one of the best waitresses around. She lived her life putting the needs of others above her own. Dorothy was passionate about her country and the Drexel Community. She gave to many charities, especially to Wounded Warriors, which she held close to her heart. Dorothy will always be remembered for her smile, kind words, and her generous spirit which guided her everyday.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Brad Hodges, father Russell Bratcher, mother Elizabeth Van Meter, half brother Billy Bob Van Meter, step-father Russell Van Meter, and by her grandmother Amanda Jacobs. She is survived by her three children, Marcella Johnston of Drexel, MO, Bill Johnston and wife Carolyn of Clinton, MO, and Debbie Lancaster and husband Brad of Louisburg, KS, grandchildren, Skyler and Taylor Lancaster, Javyn and Braylen Johnston, Linzy Freeman, Livia and Tucker Dunham.