Dorothy Katherine Claxton, age 98, of Joplin, passed away on Wednesday February 5, 2020, at Joplin Gardens, following an illness.
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Dorothy was born on April 29, 1921, in Hesper, Iowa, the daughter of the late Knute K. Sanden and Nora (Nelson) Sanden. She married Donald Claxton on March 29, 1945. Together they were blessed with two children. She has been a resident of Joplin since 1946. She worked as secretary for South Junior High for many years. She was a longtime member of Blendville Christian Church and recently attended 26th & Connecticut Church of Christ. She was a volunteer for Mercy and St. John’s Hospital for over thirty years. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends, family and especially her grandchildren. She had an infectious laugh, enjoyed life, and was an inspiration for aging gracefully.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Claxton in 1981; and by a brother Delmar Sanden.
Dorothy is survived by one son, Doug Claxton and wife Barbara, Joplin; one daughter, Debbie Brown and husband Keith, Joplin; six grandchildren, Becky Sloan (Aaron), Jennifer Honeycutt (Nathan), Melissa Anderson (Jeff), Lara Davis (Steve), Jeremy Brown (Teresa), and Jason Brown (Abbie); twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Nathan Honeycutt, Minister will officiate. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery.
The visitation will be 3-4:00 p.m. Sunday at Mason-Woodard. Memorial contributions may be given to the Ronald McDonald House in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.