Dodie was born on Oct. 3, 1935, in rural Essex, Mo., to Doyle Fowler and Fern Frailey Fowler. She was the oldest of four children and was preceded in death by both parents, her sister Dixie and her husband James Edward. Dodie's surviving siblings are Charles Fowler and wife De of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and Donnie Ann VanSteen-bergh of Springfield, Mo.
Dodie graduated from Parma High School in 1954 and went on to graduate from nursing school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1957. That same year, she married James Edward Rathke. They have three children: Stephanie A. Sappington of St. Louis, Mo., James M. and wife Donna Rathke of Columbia, Mo., and Susan C. Rathke. Dodie is also survived by four grandchildren: Erin and Lucy Sappington, Nicholas Alshoufi, and Joshua Bowman.
Dodie and her family settled in Columbia in 1966 when her husband James accepted a faculty position with the University of Missouri as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He continued there until his passing in 1988.
Dodie retired from the University of Missouri Medical Center in 1992 after 25 years of dedicated service. In her retirement she shared time between her home in Columbia and her farm near Dexter, Mo. Her passions were genealogy, quilting, photography, and traveling abroad.
She was a life-time member of The Church of the Brethren and a long-time member of the Twilight Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Columbia. She was also a leader in the Fairview Friends 4-H Club, a Girl Scout leader, and engaged in many volunteer activities, including making quilts for church raffles.
Memorial services will be held at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Mo. Visita-tion will be held Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, from 5-7 p.m., with an Eastern Star Service at 7 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Broadwater Church of the Brethren or charity of your choice.
Dodie will be greatly missed by family and friends alike. She will always be remembered for her graciousness and kindness. Rest in peace, Dear Mother.