September 1, 1925 – May 26, 2020
Georgia Dorothy Luke-Reece, born September 1, 1925 in Elmira, Mo., to the union of Japetha Garner and Slyvia MacDonald. Also born to this union were two sisters, Velma and Beatrice, who have both preceded her in death. Japetha Garner later married Helen Harrison and to that union ten additional siblings were born, all who have preceded her in death except for Joseph Garner of Las Vegas, Nev.
Dorothy, as her friends and family knew her best, accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at Main Street Baptist Church at the age of 12. She later served as a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and anywhere in the church she was needed until her death. Dorothy attended Lincoln School in Excelsior Springs for all of her schooling up until her High School graduation. She loved to read the Bible, work puzzles, create ceramics and spend time with her natural and church family. Dorothy worked outside of the home as a laborer most of her life before retiring, working for The Elms Hotel, McCleary Hospital and Whittaker Cable Manufacturing Plant to name a few. Her greatest love was to serve others as she would visit the sick and shut-in as often as she could.
Dorothy married Claude Lee Luke (deceased) on October 13, 1943, and to that union six children were born. Left to cherish the memory of their wonderful mother are Jelani Nakisisa of Overland Park, Kans., Robert (Joyce) Luke of Chesterfield, Mo., Donna Fowler of Overland Park, Kans., John (Diane) Luke of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Rose (Curtis) Jones of Kansas City, Mo. Dorothy also had six grandchildren, Melodie (Anthony) Coleman of Oklahoma City, Okla., Michele (David) Morrow of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Corey Luke of Chesterfield, Mo., John Luke Jr. of Olathe, Kans., Kristina (Martino) Dawn, of Lenexa, Kans, and Amber (Seth) Blakley of Liberty, Mo.; as well as nine great grandchildren, Andrew Luke, Paige Elston, Elizabeth Luke, Allen Kinney Jr., Andrew Kinney, Audryanah Blakley, Alexis Blakley, Amiya Blakley, Carter Blakley and two great, great grandchildren, Allee Kinney and Avy Kinney. She also leaves a host of family and friends to cherish her Life.
Preceding her in death was a son, Michael Anthony, and granddaughters, Jasmine Elston and Kandice Clark, and late husband, Rev. Curtis Reece.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.
Our Sincere Condolences
So sorry for your loss of a wonderful women.
I would like to offer my sincere and deepest condolences to Melodie Luke-Coleman and her family for the loss of their loved one, you are in my prayers.
Miss. Dorothy, was a wonderful and kind hearted lady. I will always have fond memories of her and her warm smile and calm demeanor. She will be missed by her family and friends.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you have many beautiful memories to cherish of your mother/grandmother to carry you through your loss. She has the eternal hope now, which is reassuring for those left behind. God bless Dorothy and her entire family. We are so glad she lived……
I met Miss Dorothy at ESNR while visiting my dad. She was the sweetest. I’d talk to every Sunday morning while she waited for the church van. She always dressed so lovely. I’ll miss seeing & visiting with her. Prayers for her loved ones.