She was born Dorothy May Hilty on May 21, 1926, in Versailles, a daughter of Rev. Peter P. Hilty and Barbara Koller Hilty.
Dorothy married Edmond D. Baumgartner on August 22, 1948, at Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna, Missouri.
She and Ed were active members of the Bethel Mennonite Church. Dorothy was involved in Women In Mission, Children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
As well as being an avid member of the church, she was also active in the local community. Dorothy taught sewing and cooking for the local 4H. She was a columnist for the Versailles Leader-Statesman for 60 years writing the ‘Bethel News’ depicting life in the community and a story or two describing the days she grew up.
Dorothy began writing poetry at a very young age and it grew to be one her hobbies. She enjoyed writing poems about the people she knew and for many occasions. Dorothy was known as a great storyteller. Her stories held little lessons, created on the spot.
She was a gracious, thoughtful person who connected with both young and old and whomever passed through her life. She always had a cheerful disposition and seemed to have never met a stranger. She was cared about by relatives, the church and the community at large.
Dorothy was completely devoted to her husband over many years, caring for him, her family, and all those around her.
She is survived by a son David Baumgartner and his wife Marsha, two daughters, Diane Bruemmer and her husband Ed and Debbie Baumgartner. Also surviving are three granddaughters, Christy, Erin, and Kay and great-grandson, Owen.
The visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 17th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. at Kidwell Garber Funeral Home, Versailles, MO.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Mennonite Church, Fortuna, MO.
Any donations to be given to Bethel Mennonite Church, Fortuna, MO.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.