Sept. 16, 1914 - Feb. 5, 2013
ELKHART - Dorothy M. Cannon, 98, of Elkhart, passed away at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Hubbard Hill Estates.
She was born Sept. 16, 1914, in Reynolds County, Mo., to Ervin and Tina Widger Beck. She was the oldest of six children, Dessie Pauline Beck (infant, deceased), Earlene Bessie House (deceased), Imogene Beck Ewart (deceased), Ermon Edward Beck (deceased) and Roy Lee Beck.
She is survived by her brother and 10 nieces and nephews, Roy Chapman, Alice Chapman Gilmore, Steve Beck, Marsha Beck Williams, Gary Beck, Roxanne Beck, Chuck Ewart, Roy Beck Jr., Deborah Beck Mitchell and Diane Beck Phares.
A nephew, Robert Everest, is deceased.
Dorothy was raised near Dagonia, Mo., working on the family farm and at the family store. She joined First Baptist Church of Centerville, Mo., in 1931. After graduating from Centerville High School, she passed the state teachers exam, which qualified her to teach four years without a college degree. She taught at Dagonia School for one year and Sweetwater School for three years.
She married Clyde Howard in 1938. They moved to St. Louis, where she started a hair salon after becoming a certified beautician. Dorothy was on the board of directors of the National Hairdressers Association and a member of the St. Louis Cosmeticians Association, Missouri State Cosmeticians Association and National Cosmeticians Association. She participated in many of the regional hairstyling contests and was involved with the local fashion shows doing hair styling for the models.
Her first husband was killed in an automobile accident in 1941. In 1942, she married her second husband, George Cannon, who was a local barber in the St. Louis area. After a 25-year career, she sold her business and retired, remaining in St. Louis. In 1978, she and George divorced, and Dorothy moved to Bradenton, Fla. She purchased a condominium and was very active on the Condominium Association Board for many years.
She was an avid fisherwomen and fished mainly in the Bull Shoals, Ark., area. She was a very competitive bowler in the St. Louis area and she participated in many of the Women's International Bowlers Congress Inc. events. She enjoyed golfing and the camaraderie of her friends at El Conquistador Country Club. She always had a green thumb and loved working with plants and flowers.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pastor Robert G. Schallhorn Jr., of Trinity Lutheran Church, will preside and entombment will follow in Rice Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, Riley Children's Hospital or the charity of the donor's choice.