Dorothy (Dotty) Reed Stockdell, Lee’s Summit, MO died Friday, January 13, 2023, two weeks before her 94th birthday. Born January 27, 1929, in Harrisburg, PA, Dotty was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years R.E. (Bob) Stockdell.
Born and raised in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg, Dotty had a life-long fascination with state capitals and visited 46 capitals over the years, mainly between 1987 and 2010 when she and Bob traveled all over the U.S. after his retirement from the Missouri Highway Patrol. They had a good retirement, wintering in south Texas near the Mexican border, and spending spring and fall camping in their fifth-wheel on Lake Taneycomo for some 20-years. She was a pretty good trout fisherwoman, often out-fishing her husband. They always bet 25-cents on who caught the first and who caught the biggest. She accumulated a lot of quarters over the years.
Dotty was a voracious reader of primarily fiction, but with a real interest in Able Lincoln. She owned nearly every book ever written about the 16th president. She identified with his reading at night by candlelight as she took a flashlight to bed with her every night growing up, so she could read in bed. A monthly book club meeting at Lee’s Summit Public Library was one of her favorite activities. She was a quilter and also knitted stocking caps and scarves for various charities, including her church. She regularly attended the First Presbyterian Church on Sundays and went to a weekly bible study every Friday.
She is survived by three sons, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They include Robert (Bob) Stockdell and Linda of Independence, MO, Richard (Rick) Stockdell and Beth of Fayetteville, AR, and James (Jim) Stockdell of Excelsior Springs. Grandchildren are Brian Stockdell, Jennifer and great granddaughter Anna Rose of Blue Springs MO; Taylor Miller and Martin of Lakewood, CO; and Christa and Luke Stockdale (not a misprint) and great granddaughter Bonnie Reed of Nashville, TN.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 21, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. at Langsford Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mt. Washington Cemetery.
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
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My sympathy to the family Rick, Bob, and Jimmy. Many fond memories of Boy Scout camp and running around as neighborhood kids. Many a fishing trip with your dad and mine..I laughed at the quarter for first fish, biggest fish and most fish. I still do this still.
In Dotty’s honor, we made a contribution to the Mid-Continent Library. May she now have all the time she wants to read! Peace be with you, Leah.
My thoughts and prayers are with Jim, Rick, Bob and families during this difficult time. We were neighbors of the Stockdell family when they lived in Excelsior Springs and spent lots of time at their house and running around the neighborhood with Jim. I have fond memories of Dot and the wonderful meals at the Stockdell house. I can still see the deer hanging from the basketball goal at their house after one of the many hunting trips and the highway patrol car parked at the end of their driveway. May your fond memories sustain you during this difficult time.
My sympathies to the Stockdell boys. I enjoyed making Mrs. Stockdell laugh. Such a cool lady.