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Dorothy Marteena (Biggs) Gunnels

Dorothy Marteena (Biggs) Gunnels

January 4, 1921 - December 5, 2015

Dorothy Marteena (Biggs) Gunnels, age 94 of La Plata, Missouri, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the La Plata Nursing Home in La Plata, Missouri.

Born January 4, 1921 in Yarrow, Missouri, she was the daughter of Elmer and Lillie (Musick) Biggs. On October 10, 1936 in Kirksville, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Jesse Lilbern Gunnels who preceded her in death on October 30, 1983.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and several cousins.

Survivors include one nephew, Tony Fast of the state of Utah, and many cousins and friends.

Marteena resided in Macon and Adair County her entire life. She was a member of the Atlanta United Methodist Church since 1953, a UMW member of the church, and a member of the Home Circle Club for over 30 years.

She enjoyed life and people. The more people the better. It was nothing for Marteena to come home from a late night ballgame and bake something for someone the next day.

Marteena’s early career consisted of working in a General Store. She did everything from testing cream to loading 50# feed sacks. Later in life Marteena worked in the Atlanta and Novinger schools cafeteria, along with her husband as superintendent.

After retiring, Marteena and her husband moved to the farm. They enjoyed farm life and traveling with their friends. After her husband passed away, Marteena continued living on the farm for over 25 years, raising cattle for over 9 years.

Marteena enjoyed music and quilting. She pieced many quilts, quilted over 100 quilts, and made and quilted many baby quilts in her lifetime.

She had resided in the La Plata Nursing Home since August 2011. She enjoyed all of the people that came to visit her.

Marteena has expressed her thanks and appreciation for everyone that has helped her or her husband in any way along with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Travis Funeral Chapel in La Plata, Missouri. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the La Plata Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Atlanta United Methodist Church. They may be sent to or left at Travis Funeral Chapel, 125 S. Church St., La Plata, Missouri 63549.

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