Leola May (Kreiman) Dothage, 88 went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 6, 2021 at her home under the care of her family and Compassus Hospice.
She was born in Glendive, Montana on November 11, 1932 to Walter Henry Kreiman and Velma Leola Patterson Kreiman. She attended 1st-8th grades at Ten Davis School and she always said she had to walk home a mile everyday. She graduated in 1951 as Valedictorian from Parma High School in Parma, ID. She graduated from Westmont College in 1955 with her teaching degree and started teaching 6th grade in Castro Valley, CA in fall of 1955. She married Joe Dothage on December 28, 1956 in her home church in Notus, ID. They lived in Oakland, San Leandro and Livermore California before moving to Columbia, MO in 1965. Leola taught Kindergarten at Rock Bridge Elementary School for 24 years. Many of her students still say she was their favorite teacher. Leola and Joe were charter members of Open Door Baptist Church in Columbia MO. She has always been an active member of the churches she belonged to by playing the piano, organ, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School and teaching in the AWANA program. Leola and Joe had many friends that they met while traveling with the Airstream Club after retirement. Leola loved gardening and definitely had a green thumb. Her favorite times were time spent with family which included Sunday dinners at her house and game nights with her daughter and granddaughters.
She is survived by her children, Kenneth (Lynn) Dothage and Karen (David) Crawford of Columbia and Keith (Andrea) Dothage of Sturgeon, her 4 granddaughters, Heather, Adeana, Erica and Kathryn and her 4 great grandchildren, Adelaide, Knox, Camdyn and Haydn.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Dothage, her mother and father and her only sibling, Howard Kreiman.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Open Door Church. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until time for the services. Burial will follow the services at Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Open Door Church or Coyote Hills Children’s Home c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202
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