August 21, 2003

(4/10/1912 - 8/18/2003)

Dorothy Opal Rankin, 91, of Memphis, MO, formerly of Milton, IA, died August 18, 2003, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, MO.

She was born April 10, 1912 in Henderson County, IL, the daughter of Arthur and Ethel Pogue.

She married John Robert Rankin on April 10, 1935. He preceded her in death on August 25, 1996.

She attended grade school and high school in Media, IL, and after graduation she attended and graduated from Michael Reese Hospital Nursing School in Chicago, IL. She was a nurse at Van Buren County Hospital and Scotland County Hospital for many years. She and John farmed south of Milton until they retired.

Surviving are her daughter, Sherry Twitchell of Gilbert, AZ; one son John Rankin and wife, Marcia of Memphis, MO; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Pearson of Oquawka, IL and Betty Ekelof of Saginaw, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers and an infant son.

The family has suggested memorials to the Milton United Methodist Church and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO 63555.

Funeral services were held August 22, 2003 at the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO, with Rev. Raymond Doser officiating. Body bearers were Alan Henderson, Jay Twitchell, Matthew Rankin, Mike Drummond, Jim Harward, and Mark Drummond. Interment was in the South Prairie Cemetery, south of Milton, IA.

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