Dorothy Marion Hargrove Stoeger, 95, Platte Woods, Missouri, passed away on November 13, 2017 after a long illness. At Dorothy’s request the family will hold a private celebration of her life.
Dorothy was born April 15, 1922 in the small town of Chauncey, Georgia, the youngest of eight children of John Irvin Hargrove and Hattie Eugenia Clark. She was raised in Chauncey and in Tampa, Florida, where she graduated from Hillsborough High School. She attended business school in Tampa and worked in a law office there. In 1942, she married Donald J. Stoeger and together they moved to Kansas City after World War II.
Dorothy was a proud resident of Platte Woods for 60 years and was active in the Platte Woods Luncheon Club and local government, serving on the Board of Zoning Adjustment. She was a frequent participant in city council meetings. She loved politics at every level and was proud to meet and talk with President Jimmy Carter, a fellow Georgian. She often expressed her interests eloquently in letters in the Kansas City Star.
Dorothy was a lifelong volunteer in her community. For many years she volunteered as an election worker for Platte County. She was in the first class of Gray Ladies, volunteer Red Cross workers, at North Kansas City Hospital and remained a volunteer for over 30 years. She later was a frequent pianist at local nursing homes, never turning down a special request.
Dorothy was naturally talented as an artist, poet, musician and seamstress. Any friend celebrating a special occasion was apt to receive a personalized poem from Dorothy. A self-taught painter, her house was decorated with her beautiful paintings as well as examples of her sewing talent.
Dorothy had a passion for history and genealogy and worked tirelessly on her family tree tracing her ancestry back to Charlemagne. In 2010, she compiled and edited a book, Letters from Sister, with Wylena Hargrove Davis. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Platte County Historical and Genealogical Society.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and all of her seven siblings as well as her former husband Donald J. Stoeger. She is survived by her daughter, Melinda S. Burke and husband Michael, Kansas City, and her son, Jon Hargrove Stoeger and wife Asamaporn Ketchum Stoeger, Udon Thani, Thailand, and Shalimar, Florida. She is also survived by her grandchildren, John Michael Burke, his fianceé Victoria Frank, Platte Woods, and Jennifer Loren Stoeger, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, and The Platte County Historical and Genealogical Society, Platte City, Missouri. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the dedicated staff at Garden Valley Healthcare Center and to St. Luke’s Hospice.
Arrangements and cremation services through Meyers Funeral Chapel, Parkville, Missouri.Print Obituary