Dorothy Louise (Switzer) Spidle

Dorothy Spidle, a long time resident of both the Chillicothe and Hamilton, MO communities, peacefully passed away on October 13, 2023 at the Daviess County Nursing Home, in Gallatin, MO. She was 87 years old.

Dorothy was born January 27,1936 at her maternal grandparents home, near Wheeling, MO. She spent her childhood in the Chillicothe, MO area, and graduated from Chillicothe high school in 1954. During her high school years she met John Norman Spidle, of Breckenridge, MO, and they were wed in 1955, settling initially in the Breckenridge, MO area. Sons Bruce and Ron were born into the family in 1957 and 1958, respectively. In the early 1960’s the family relocated to Hamilton, MO, where Dorothy began her over thirty year employment with the Stride Rite shoe company.

Dorothy and Norman were later divorced, and she continued to live in Hamilton until her retirement from Stride Rite. She then relocated back to the Chillicothe area, until recently taking residence at the Daviess County Nursing Home, due to health related issues. Dorothy was a very outgoing person, who loved to be with her long time Chillicothe friends, playing cards several times a week. She was widely known in the area for also being an excellent quilt maker, making countless quilts that customers utilized for birthday, graduation, and Christmas gifts. She especially loved to make special quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was immense. She always wanted to keep up with their activities, and how they were doing.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Jeanette, along with her older brother, Gerald.

She is survived by her two sons, Bruce (Mary Ann) of Hesston, KS, and Ron (Kim) of Gallatin, MO; eight grandchildren, Mandi Hemry (Mark) of Gallatin, MO, Gwen O’Brien (Jeremy) of Parkville, MO, Allison Dobric (Nenad) of Gallatin, MO, Brian Spidle of Leavenworth, KS, Denise DeBelius (Danny) of Colorado Springs, CO, Jason Spidle of Kansas City, KS, David Spidle of Colorado Springs, CO, and Stephen Spidle of Overland Park, KS; along with, 11 great-grandchildren, Claire, Brett, and Reid Hemry, Justin, Leo, and Will O’Brien, Milena, Veronika, and Petra Dobric, and Isaac and Isobel DeBelius. In addition, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Peggy Switzer of Chillicothe.

A Celebration of Life for Dorothy will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at the home of Pam and Bill Englert, 805 West McGaughy, Hamilton, MO, followed by burial at Highland Cemetery, also in Hamilton.

Arrangements in care of Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney.

Our Sincere Condolences

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort! Your mother was a very sweet lady!
Flint and Mary

I am so sorry to hear about Dorothy. I loved our chats at Missouri Star Quilt … she was a very dear friend.
Deborah Hunt

I am so saddened to hear of Dorothy (my quilt lady). She was always joyful and loving to everyone.
I know she loved her family dearly, as she bragged on everyone and showed me pictures every time I stopped by! I am so thankful I got go know her. She was such a special lady!
Pam Smith Kelly