Dorothy Mae Stiles

July 23, 1921 ‒ February 05, 2015

Fredericktown, Ohio

Dorothy Mae Stiles, age 93, of Fredericktown, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 23, 1921 one of 14 children of William and Gertrude (Budd) Rhoads. Dorothy owned and operated the Purity Store in Purity, Ohio and she worked for the Ashley Ribbon Factory. Always a hard worker, Dorothy kept great pride in keeping her house clean and spotless.

In her free time she enjoyed attending family reunions, helping her husband take care of their Belgian horses, sewing and making crafts for her family and friends. Dorothy has made approximately 100 quilts, wall hangings, ceramics and paintings for her friends and family to enjoy. Her love for the cardinal bird was evident in her extensive collection of ceramics.

Dorothy was a member of the Fredericktown Church of the Nazarene and the Fredericktown Senior Citizens. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

She is survived by her son, Don (Betty) Owen of Mount Vernon, a step-daughter, Charlotte (Dale) Covrett of Delaware, seven grandchildren, Robert (Karen) Owen, Randy (Tonya) Owen, Rusty Owen, Teresa (Ben) Wiker, Barry (Kim) George, Dala (Ron) Bishop and Dodie (Grant) Bias, seventeen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Juanita Walter and Erma Moon.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Owen, second husband, C. Earl Stiles, daughter and son-in-law, Florence and John George, two grandsons, brothers and sisters, Vernon Rhoads, Winona Smith, Pauline Strayer, Wanda Moon, Cecil Rhoads, Laurence Rhoads, Mildred Rhoads, Lucille Belisle, Opal Norgen, Connie Lawson and Muriel Hetrick.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware, Ohio. Pastor George Small will be officiating.

Memorial contributions in Dorothy’s name may be made to the Salvation Army or the charity of one’s choice.

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The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Dorothy Mae Stiles.

  • To the family, Dorothy was a lovely lady. Always enjoyed talking with her at the Sr. Citizen meetings. She will be missed greatly. Always friendly and helpful . Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • I am feeling the loss greatly. It has been a long hard road to see my family go one by one. would love to be with the family at this time, but my age or the fact that I cannot walk, both of my knees are bone on bone, am using a walker to get around. Can not function as I once did…. is a handicap to m e. Only two of us left, Juanita and myself . I have been keeping in touch with them by phone so will ,miss her. But I know there is rejoicing in heaven because another family member has come home.

    we have a fAmily we can be proud of. We come from .a good linage and it shows. Mom is a Beecher from the Beecher family from England. The Beecher ,


    all but one became ministers. Harriett Beecher Stowe worked with freeing the slaves. If you have not read her book get it “UNCLE TOM’S CABIN “. mOM ALWAYS FOUND A CHURCH FOR US TO ATTEND, AS MANY TIMES AS WEMOVED.

  • I am feeling the loss greatly here today as I read all the kind words spoken in behalf of Dorothy. She will be greatly missed by all of us. I am not a ble to
    attend the service due to my walking and getting around ability. I have bone on b one in both knees. I am using a walker to get around. I just want to Say we need to be thankful for the heritage we have in this family. Mom’s MOTHER was a BEECHER FROM ENGLAND. There was a family of all but one of the boys who became ministers, I think it was seven boys in the family. If you have never read “UNCLE TOM;S CABIN ” I HEARTILY RECOMMEND YOU GET A COPY TO READ. SHE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING THE SLAVES FREED. SHE HAS TWO OR THREE OTHER BooKS WRITEN TOO.
    WE CAN BE [ROUD OF OUR HERITEGE. I KNOW THERE IS REJOOICING IN HEAVEN RIGHT NIW AS ACQUAINTANCES ARE BEING RENEWED. I l ook forward to the soon return of our LOrd and savior, jesus Christ, so be ready he;s coming for his own soon ! LOVE’ ERMA MOON

  • She was my fun loving Aunt, always making me laugh. So glad I got to talk to her
    right before Christmas, she will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss Donnie.

  • To the family of Dorothy Stiles, our condolences.
    Dorothy was a terrific lady, you couldn’t ask for a better neighbor. We will miss our frequent meetings at the mail box, and our times by swing in the back yard.
    She was always outside working hard, keeping the yard spotless. I’m glad our daughter Emery had a chance to spend time with her. We will cherish those times and the beautiful quilt she made when Emery was born. Our dog Maggie still watches for Dorothy to come outside so she can get one of her fantastic belly rubs. She will be greatly missed by all and this neighborhood is at a loss.

  • Our thoughts & prayers are with you all!
    Dorothy will be greatly missed.
    Jeni, Emily & Levi Roberts

  • My grandmother taught me so much about being a good person. At least I know she is catching up with mom. I will miss our phone calls. So sorry I couldn’t make it but I have back surgery Friday and all the appointment to go with it and my surgeon won’t release me to travel that far since I had my first one only 3 months ago.

  • So sorry to hear about Dorothy. She was my moms best friend (Erma Roberts). She did a lot for mom. Now they are together. You have my deepest sympathy.