Thursday, April 19, 2007

Amelia Mary Mamie  Dody, 75, Stark City, died at 9:58 a.m., Mon., April 16, 2007, at St. John s Hospital, Joplin, following a lengthy illness. She was born June 28, 1931, in Monett, Mo., to Joe and Veronica Burdolski.

Mrs. Dody attended Southwest Missouri Teacher s College (now SMSU) in 1946, and received a B.S. in Education from Drury College in 1968.  Taking evening and summer classes, she also attended Monett Jr. College, Kansas City, KS Jr. College, Rockhurst College, Lincoln University (1976), Liberty College and University of MO (correspondence) workshops-50 hr. yearly. She taught in elementary schools for 60 years, including, McDonald County R-1, 1966-present (4, 5, 6 grades), Granby - 5th grade, Fairview - 5th Grade (1957), North K.C. (Davidson School, Englewood and Meadowbrook) - 5th grade, Quaker School in Barry Co. - Rural 1-8, Wheaton School - 5th grade (1950) and Henneman in Barry Co - Rural 1-8 (1946 - 1950.
Among other achievements she was Bldgs. Rep for I.R.A. Local (Council); I.R.A. (State); Bldg. Rep. for years for M.S.T.A. MCCTA; Pres. for Barry Co Teacher s Assoc.; Young Author s Coordinator; served on the Curriculum Committee; was a mentor for teachers for several years; student teacher; presented several workshops; and updated course objectives.  She received the McDonald County Teacher of the Year 1996-1997; McDonald County Teacher of the Month - 1997; Who s Who Among America s Teachers-1996; 50th year Plaque from Senate (Marvin Singleton); 50th year Plaque from Rep. (Sam Gaskill); 50th year Plaque from MSTA; Golden Apple Award-2002; and MSTA Lifetime Educator Award-2003.
She was a member of St. Canera Catholic Church.
Amelia and William Lee Dody were married June 15, 1957 in Monett.  He preceded her in death March 10, 1975.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Gary Waters, Stella; two brothers, Eddie Burdolski, Fairview and Joe Burdolski, Gardner, KS; two grandsons, Colt and Ryan Waters; and a great grandson, Trenton Waters. She was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday at St. Canera Catholic Church, Neosho.  Burial will follow at Pulaskifield Cemetery, Pulaskifield, Mo.
Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rocky Comfort School Library, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 26, Granby, MO  64844.
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Arrangements under direction of Clark Funeral Home, Granby, Mo. paid.