Dorothy Ruth Dressler, 90, of Brazil, died at 3:27 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at Cloverleaf Healthcare Facility, where she had resided since breaking a hip in February. Previously, she lived 28 years at Cooper Towers.
Born Feb. 25, 1913, in Brazil, she was the daughter of Ethel Knott McDonald and Charles "Mickey" McDonald.
In 1934, she married Roy Dressler of Center Point, who died in 1957. They had a son, Jim Dressler, who lives in Brazil.
After her husband died at the age of 47, she worked at three Brazil restaurants, including the Oak, Brown's, and the M&M, before joining the custodial staff of Clay Community Schools. Her favorite job was operating the Brazil Junior High School Snack Bar for Marvin Schopmeyer, principal of the school during that era. Many students assisted her during the daily lunch hour in exchange for free meals. In addition, she became fond of all the teachers who ate lunch there or stopped for quick snacks between class sessions during the day.
She grew up attending the United Brethren Church in Brazil, which her parents helped relocate to North Forest Avenue, and later attended the First Christian Church and Christ Community Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 80.
Other survivors include a daughter-in-law, Janice Dressler of Brazil; a sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Wayne Parkins of Murphysboro, Ill; five grandchildren, Harry Dressler of Lebanon, Ohio, Jana Nees of Brazil, Perry Dressler of Lexington, Ky., Jayme Robbins of Indianapolis, and Roy Dressler of Terre Haute; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles "Chuck" McDonald, Roy "Ducky" McDonald, and Jack McDonald; and a sister, Mary Anne Matherly.
Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, with Pastor Tim Russell officiating, at French Funeral Home in Brazil. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be at Summit Lawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Harry Dressler, Perry Dressler, Roy Dressler, Bill McDonald, Larry McDonald and Mark Parkins.