Dorothy Woods 1934-2022

Dorothy Woods 1934-2022

Dorothy Virginia “Dot” Woods, 87, of Mayetta, passed away Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at her home.

She was born in Topeka on Oct. 13, 1934, the daughter of George Franklin Powell and Mary Mae (Olds) Powell. Dot’s family moved to north Topeka when she was two years old. She attended Grant grade school up to the sixth grade, at which time the family moved to rural Lecompton. She attended and graduated from Greenwood Valley Grade School, a one-room school house.

In the fall of 1947, she entered Lecompton High School and graduated in 1952. She went to work for Hallmark Cards in Topeka as an inspector and later was asked to move to the office as a payroll clerk.

Dot married Ernie Woods on Oct. 24, 1953, quitting her office job to become a farm wife at Mayetta. She helped Ernie with the chickens, hay, cattle, moving machinery from field to field and all that farm life required. They moved to Lecompton in 1956 but later returned to Mayetta in 1961.

Dot was a homemaker and did home daycare for many years. Later in life, she worked at Kansas Department of Revenue for 12 seasons as a temporary in the income tax department.

In 2003, Dot & Ernie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with around 200 family and friends with a wonderful reception and dance.

Dot was baptized and joined the Central Avenue Christian Church in Lecompton around age nine. After moving to Mayetta, she attended the Mayetta Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie, on Sept. 11, 2011; baby brother Glenn Powell who died in 1918 during the flu epidemic; six brothers and their wives, Lloyd Powell (Ethel), Raymond Powell (Gene), Gerald Powell (Mary), Dale Powell (June), Jack Powell (Marylynn); and her sister and her husband, Marge Morris (Ralph).

Survivors include her children, Ginny Woods of Topeka and Mark Woods (Debbie) of Holton; two granddaughters, Nicole Woods and Marcey Woods; a great-granddaughter, Elsie Harris; two special girls and their husbands, Amy Campbell (Doug) and Kristi Sherer (Kelby); and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Brick Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to Holton Community Hospital Hospice or Mayetta Christian Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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