Dorothy Walvoord

Dorothy Lucille Walvoord (Newendyke)

Monday, February 14th, 1938 - Sunday, November 15th, 2020
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Dorothy L. Walvoord
1938 – 2020

Kansas City, MO. - Dorothy Lucille Walvoord passed away peacefully on November 15, 2020. She was a devout Christian and gave herself fully to the support of her family. She practiced a peaceful love of art and music from an early age. Over the years, Dorothy made good use of her blessings through drawing, playing the piano and singing in church. She was a talented oil painter creating beautiful bodies of work which her family will enjoy for generations to come. In keeping with her creativity, Dorothy was also an exceptional seamstress. She enjoyed baking, gardening, tending to flowers and supporting her children with constant love. Her appreciation of nature included birdwatching and caused her to favor landscapes as the subjects of her paintings. Dorothy was modest, loyal, and stead-fast in her faith throughout her lifetime.

Dorothy was born in rural Erie, IL, February 14, 1938. She was the fifth of seven children born to Louis and Gertrude Newendyke, née Buikema. Dorothy graduated from Milledgeville High School in 1956 and attended Central College in Pella, IA where she met and later married Edgar Walvoord of Firth, NE in 1958.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Harold Newendyke; sister, Joyce Newendyke; and former husband, Edgar Walvoord. She is survived by three children, Michael (Sandra) Walvoord of Katy, TX, Barry (Elizabeth) Walvoord of Lake Forest, IL, and Cindy Lett, née Walvoord (Harold) of Smithville, MO. Also, eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Marian (William) Reiling of Lena, IL and Carol June (Ernest) Eads of Fulton, IL; brothers, Vernon (Mary Alice) Newendyke of Lanark IL, and Melvin (Barbara) Newendyke of Litchfield, ME; and several nieces and nephews.

Despite her prolonged battle with Multiple Sclerosis, which exceeded 30 years, Dorothy lived consistently in grace, peace, and positivity. Her children offer their gratitude to all those who lovingly cared for Dorothy throughout the years. She drew strength from countless friends and extended family who supported her during the course of her illness through phone calls, cards, and visits.

Two memorial services will be held in the coming year in better keeping with current travel and safety concerns. One service will be in Cameron, MO and another in Lanark, IL. For those interested in receiving a future notification with details on upcoming memorial services, please electronically sign-up for updates using the link provided below.

Memorial contributions will benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society or New Mark Care Center of Kansas City, where Dorothy lived under the ongoing provision of loving care. Facility address: New Mark Care Center, 11221 N. Nashua Dr., Kansas City, MO 64155 Attn: Karen Stockard

Online condolences and electronic sign-up for future memorial announcements: For direct information call 816-632-2158
Arrangements by Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, MO
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    Lanark City Cemetery
    Memorial services will be held in Cameron, Missouri and Lanark, Illinois at a later date.


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Posted at 10:00am
Dear Barry and Family,
We are so sorry about the passing of your mother, Dorothy. From stories you have told, and memories shared, we know her life was full of love. It was so nice to see the pictures shared of Dorothy as a young woman and mother, it is easy to see that she was happy! I did not know what a wonderful artist she was and hope to see one of her paintings in "real life" someday. Our prayers are with you all and we hope that you can bring comfort to one another during this time.
Love, Paula and Pete Froehlich

Elizabeth Walvoord

Posted at 03:54pm
Elizabeth Walvoord and Mia and Anton (Dorothy's two youngest grandchildren) express our most sincere expression of comfort to Barry (our husband and father, respectively) and with Dorothy's most concentric family circle who loved her longest and throughout the changing years. We hear stories about our Mother-in-law and Grandmother at home as told through the broken voice of a grown man who is filled with gratitude and love for his Mother. Barry's eyes tell the story of life-long love and it is easy to imagine the emotion running through Dorothy's siblings hearts as well as other family members we have never come to know directly. So many good people are connected through Dorothy Walvoord. Even those who have had no actual interaction, seem to share midwestern values and wonderful virtues of all sorts. Goodness has a way of collecting goodness and Dorothy, perhaps unknowingly, was the hub of more than she could have imagined. We send love in all those directions that connect us through past, present and future generations. Dorothy will remain with us. Dorothy's son, Barry, her two youngest grandchildren, Mia and Anton, and her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Walvoord. Mia (18) is a freshman at Northwestern University studying Journalism and pre-med. Anton (16) is a sophomore at Lake Forest Academy.

Evelyn Christensen

Posted at 03:14pm
My relationship with Dorothy Walvoord was mostly through conversations with Barry and Elizabeth. Reading more about her and seeing her photos and artwork make me feel thankful for her life and her role as a mother and grandmother. I'm sorry for the loss to your families, but happy to know you had Dorothy in your lives. Evelyn Christensen

Shane and Teresa Murphy

Posted at 11:37am
Shane and Teresa Murphy
Cindy and Family,
Shane and I are sorry to hear of your loss.Your Mom always welcomed me into her home graciously, when we were in high school. She was a nice lady.Please know that
you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Shane and Teresa Murphy(Crabtree)

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