Dorothy Michel

Reverend Dorothy Lou Lairmore Michel, 80, Jefferson City, died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital.

She was born June 17, 1937, to Reverend Victor and Mabel Buel Lairmore, in Coolidge, Kan.

She was united in marriage to Larry Fussell, in Jefferson City. She was later united in marriage to Reverend Alan Christian Michel, Jan. 19, 1991, in Bay.

Dorothy was a 1955 Jefferson City High School graduate. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 from Sonoma State University and a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary (Presbyterian Church) in 1984. An ordained United Church of Christ Minister in Prescott, Ariz., she first served First Congregational Church of Christ in Prescott and later served Faith United Church of Christ, New Braunsfel, Texas, Tipton Christian Church, Latham Christian Church, Zion-Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Bay and as Associate Minister at First United Methodist Church, Jefferson City, from 1993 until her retirement in 2001.

Dorothy was a member of Hartsburg United Church of Christ, past president of the Jefferson City Ministerial Alliance and was recognized for her contributions to art and painting.

She was preceded in death by husband, Larry; sister, Delores Werdenhausen; and brother, Donald Lairmore.

She is survived by children, Laura Janan Terpstra and husband Bob, Hudson, Wisc., and Douglas Fussell and wife Carol, Missouri City, Iowa; step-children, Cynthia Roesch and husband Michael, Pacific, Catherine Michel, St. Louis County, and Cassandra Michel, St. Louis; sister, Donna Gregory and husband Jim, Columbia; sister-in-law, Patricia Lairmore, Columbia; and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 23, from 9-11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Jefferson City. Funeral services will follow with Reverend Daniel Hilty officiating. Memorial contributions suggested to First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, Jefferson City.

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