GUILFORD, Mo. - Dorothy Alice Nelson, 94, of Guilford, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at a St. Joseph healthcare facility.

She was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Rea, Missouri, to Edwin Robert and Maggie Lillian (Jessup) Dudley. She was the youngest of 11 children.

She graduated from Savannah High School in 1942, after attending Guilford schools for all but her senior year.

She married Buford Nelson on Nov. 7 of that year. He died on June 7, 1980.

Dorothy was a homemaker and a member of Guilford Community of Christ Church.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by: her nine brothers, Oscar, Tom, Hugh, Robert, Raymond, Lewis, Glenn, William and Frank Dudley; sister, Georgette Lininger Aegerter; and great-grandchild, Mira Ravipudi.

Survivors are: her children, Lillian Freemyer (Delmar), Conception Junction, Missouri, whom she made her home with for the last several years, Max Nelson (Bette), Amazonia, Missouri, Ernest Nelson (Nancy) and Judy Estes (Jim), St. Joseph; grandchildren, Doug and Bryan Freemyer, Shelley Ravipudi, Sean Nelson, Bobbi Messner, Jolynn Atoe, Jarrett Estes, Cindy Nelson, Amy Mathias, Travis Buckles and Wendi Cervera; 27 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

Visitation one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Guilford Commmunity of Christ, c/o Rex Hayden, 40567 State Hwy N, Bolckow, MO 64427.

Online guest book and obituary at As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.

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