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Dorothy Lee Courtier

Dorothy Lee Courtier

January 17, 1928-July 16, 2019

Dorothy Lee Courtier, 91, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Highlandville, Missouri.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 9, with a service following at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served afterward. All will be held at Federated Church in Columbus.

Dorothy was born in Lincoln on Jan. 17, 1928, and was adopted by George and Vida Stever. She grew up on a farm in rural Stromsburg. She graduated from Stromsburg High School in 1945, and then from Kearney State Teacher's College. She met her future husband, Julius, while in college and they married on June 14, 1951 in Stromsburg. Dorothy and Julius had two children: son, Jory, and daughter, JuLee, mother to grandson, Crane.

Dorothy taught physical education at York High School in Nebraska for two years. She then taught at a high school in La Junta, Colorado for three years. The majority of her career was then spent at Kramer and Columbus High Schools. She was a lifelong lover of sports. She loved softball so much that she started women's softball leagues in communities where she taught. Before women's sports programs began in schools, she headed a program for high school girls interested in sports, called the Girls' Athletic Association, which allowed them to participate in numerous sports as an extra-curricular activity. She also coached the women's tennis team for several years and the men's team for one year. She was also active with the Booster Club for many years.

Dorothy and her husband Julius also enjoyed many years on the Columbus faculty bowling league and in a card club playing Pitch. Both were avid fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football program, and continued to be throughout their lives. Dorothy spent many years during her retirement participating in two trap shooting leagues, as well as the Izaak Walton League. She also enjoyed gardening and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by son, Jory, and son-in-law, Tom Volpe of Sarasota, Florida; daughter, JuLee of Highlandville, Missouri; grandson, Crane of Springfield, Missouri; sister and brother-in-law, Jonnie and Bob Ekern of Denver; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dorothy was preceded in death by parents, George and Vida Stever; husband, Julius Courtier; and brother, Douglas Stever.

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