WILCOX -- Dorothy Luella Mote, 78, died Saturday (Nov. 2, 2002) at the St. John's Center in Kearney.
She was born Aug. 14, 1924, in a sod house on the family farm southeast of Ringgold to Oscar and May (Holmberg) Tupper. The family made their home on a farm in McPherson County. She attended school at the Cottonwood rural school District No. 16 in McPherson County. She graduated from Stapelton-Baker rural High School in 1942. She taught at a rural school north of Ringgold. She and her sister moved to Long Beach, Calif., during World War II to work as civilians on the shipyards. In 1945, she returned to McPherson County where she worked at Luedke Cleaners in North Platte.
On Sept. 6, 1964, she married the Rev. James E. Mote and the couple made their home in Overton where he was serving the United Methodist Church. From 1972-76, they served in Stratton and then moved to the Laurel and Logan Center churches. In 1981, they ministered the Orchard and Royal churches until retiring in 1985, and moving to Wilcox.
She was a member and past president of the United Methodist Women Southwest District Board, the Wilcox United Methodist Women, and a member of the Wilcox Women's Division of the Chamber of Commerce.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, George Dickson; and one sister, Darlene Waits.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. James Mote of Wilcox; one brother, Donald Tupper of Marshall, Wis.; one sister, Maxine Aspegren of Wilcox; and two sisters-in-law, Rosella Robertson of Parkfield, Calif., and Laura Stoakes and husband, Clair of Winside.
Funeral services will be Thursday, 2 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege with the Rev. Melva Tranmer and the Rev. Connie Karr officiating. Interment will be in the Wilcox Cemetery at Wilcox.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the family greeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
A memorial has been established in her memory.
The Nelson-Harris Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.