Dortha Baugh Meireis 94, died Monday, October 31, 2016 at the Kansan Christian Home in Newton, Kansas. She was born October 26, 1922 in “the little house” as it was known in Logan County, Kentucky to Elisha and Molissie (Penrond) Baugh. She was married to Cliff Meireis On March 26, 1961 in Pratt, Kansas. He preceded her in death on in 2014. Dortha was a graduate of Pratt High School and Pratt Junior College where she earned a teaching certificate. She taught elementary school in both Sawyer, Kansas and Pratt until 1961. After she married Cliff she moved with her new family around Kansas as Cliff served as an agricultural extension agent in several Kansas Counties. In 1997 she and her husband retired to the Kansas Christian Home campus in Newton. She was active in the First Christian Church in Newton, Disciples of Christ Church Board, Christian Women’s Fellowship and many other activities and boards to help her beloved church. Dortha enjoyed relaxing working in the garden, reading and embroidery. She also enjoyed making decorative plates and selling them to raise money for the Kansas Christian Home Auxiliary. Dortha was a loving mother, wife and friend to many and will be greatly missed.
She is survived her daughter Vicky and her husband Rodney of Larned, Kansas; niece Claudia Borders of Ann Arbor, Michigan; nephews: Sidney Borders and his wife Lynne of Shelby, Michigan; Carl Borders Jr. and his wife Abby of San Francisco, California; Dale Borders and his wife Jan of Battle Creek, Michigan; grandsons: Shane Wallace and his wife Melody and their son Caleb of Chanute, Kansas, Brent Wallace and his aife Lynette and daughter Ashtyn and son Bryton of Plains, Kansas, Staff SGT. Christopher Wallace and his wife Denell and their son Blake of Ft. Lewis, Washington, Justin Wallace and his wife Mary and daughters Kaydence and Paisley of New Hartford, Connecticut, Colby Wallace, Hopemills, North Carolina. And Great Granddaughter Autumn Zimmerman of Salina, KS.
Dortha is preceded in death by her parents, husband Cliff, brothers Raymond and Guy, sister Elsie Borders and grandson Hunter Wallace.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 4, 2016 at First Christian Church in Newton, Kansas with Pastor Gary Bell presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday evening at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Graveside committal will be 2:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.