Dessie Ann Schroeder Dowdy

07/31/1937 – 09/09/2019

Obituary for Dessie Ann Schroeder Dowdy

Dessie Ann Schroeder Dowdy, 82, of Sedalia, MO passed away Monday, September 9, 2019 at EW Thompson Health and Rehabilitation Center in Sedalia. She was born on July 31, 1937 in Houstonia, MO the daughter of Marion and Woodrow (Smith) Belsha, who preceded her in death.

On October 2, 1955, in Sedalia, she was united in marriage to Melvin E. Schroeder, who preceded her in death in 1991.

On August 28, 1998, in Eureka Springs, AR, she was married to Franklin Conn Dowdy, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandy Jeffers of Marshall; a son, Jim Schroeder of Sedalia; two brothers, Tommy Belsha of Sedalia and Robert Belsha of Kansas; a sister, Sue Embree of Sedalia; a grandson, Cory City; three great-grandchildren, Sidnee, Huxlee, and Eivree; and special friends, Mishel Brosch, Avan, Sophia, Jeramie, Olivia; and best friend, Becky Zolotor.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; two sisters, Trudy Travis and Linda Fisher; and a son-in-law, Chris Jeffers.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Highland Sacred Gardens, Sedalia, MO with Rev. Dan Hankins officiating.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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Always a cheerful smile and a positive attitude. Dessie will truly be missed by all.
– Mark Burtis
What a fun gal. So sorry for your loss.
– Janet Proctor
Dear Sandy and Family, what a whirling dervish of a Mom Dessie was. Her bubbling personality and smile will not be forgotten. We had some good times a while back with she and Frank. RIP, fondly, Pam McGrath
– Pam McGrath

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