Ethel Isadore Dorton

December 21, 1930 – September 24, 2012

Ethel Isadore Dorton, 97. of Liberty, Mo., passed away peacefully September 24, 2012 at NorthCare Hospice House in North Kansas City.

She was born May 4, 1915 north of Orrick in the Albany community, from the union of Thomas Rimmer and Pearley Lee. She married Edgar A. Dorton on December 21, 1930 in Orrick, Mo. They celebrated 55 years of marriage before his death on March 11, 1986. Ethel and Edgar owned a successful dairy farm in Fleming, Mo. They moved to North Kansas City in 1980. Ethel was active in numerous church activities in support of missions, being president of the Womens Missionary Union (WMU) at Orrick Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edgar, a son, John Dorton, son-in-law, James Taylor, daughter-in-law, Shelly Dorton, and a granddaughter, Melody Dean Dorton.

She is survived by three children, Thomas Dorton and wife, Marni, of Liberty, Mo., Shirley Jean Taylor of Weston, Mo., and Linda Enderson and husband, Ed of Liberty, Mo. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren and 44 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo., on September 27, 2012 with a life celebration in song beginning at 2 p.m.,followed immediately by funeral and graveside services at South Point Cemetery near Orrick.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to the Orrick Baptist Church in Orrick, Mo.


Rimmer Cousins: Though we haven’t met, I wish you every comfort in the loss of Ethel. She obviously lived an amazing long life. I am happy to note the discovery of 150+ new Rimmer cousins. I hope you all take joy in her wonderful life. I had found her in the 1920 Orrick Twp. Census — “age 4.” We will remember her at 2013 Rimmer Reunion in NC, home of your 1700s ancestors. Feel free to contact me if you have further interest.
Ray Rimmer

My deepest sympathy’s to the Dorton & Enderson Family.
We just have to trust that our loved ones are in Gods hands and are in ever lasting peace. My prayers are with you and your families.
Amanda Oliver

My Mimi. I love you so much. You always amazed me with your spirit and happiness. I always felt your love and respected your unconditional belief in the good things in this world. I remember the stories you told me and will always try to carry those “roses” on my shoulders.
Good Night, Irene!
Your Jody Michelle (1/24) and my babies Michael, Drew, and Kaitlyn (3/83)

When I heard the news that you had gone to heaven, I got goosebumps and squealed, “Yeah!”. I’m so glad that you are with the Lord. Thank you for your hard work in therapy until the very end, for your smiles and “8, 9, 10, and a big fat hen”. Thank you for your stories of driving the tractor and riding your horse. Thank you for the inspiration of a life lived well for the Lord. My prayers now are with your family who will miss you very much.
Maggie Clabough