Dormalie Lea


    Dormalie (nee Bowers) Lea was born September 25, 1928 at Howes Mill, Missouri to Otis Wilbur and Lucy Caroline Wyman Bowers and passed away Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 17 days.


    She grew up for a few years in Dent County and eventually her family moved to Crawford County where she continued to live the rest of her life.
    In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, Dormalie became a teacher after graduating from high school where she taught in a couple of rural areas, Lookout School and Keysville School.
    On December 21, 1947 Dormalie married Vernon “Bill” Albert Lea.
    For eight years, Dormalie ran the State License Bureau and later worked as the Associate Circuit Clerk at the Crawford County Courthouse, retiring in 1988.
    Dormalie loved taking pictures. She was very meticulous in making sure she had all of the photo books identified with names and dates. Years ago, she learned to embroidery and crochet along with making clothes for all of her girls.  Dormalie also enjoyed being outside whether feeding the birds during the winter or taking long walks up until her health declined.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Lucy Bowers; husband, Bill Lea; brother, Irvine Bowers; sister, Mary West; granddaughter, Angela Kay Lea; great grandson, David Lea; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Pete and Bonnie Lea, Bud and Dottie Lea, Hack and Verniece Lea, Matred and L.H. Kehner and Charles Counts and Richard Mager.
    She is survived by her six children, Billy (Carol) Lea, Karen Calkins, Joe (Fannie) Lea, Susie (Jimmy) Harmon, Mary Ellen Lea and John Lea; 14 grandchildren, Meredith Lea, Ross (Jessica) Lea, Michael (Briana) Calkins, Mark (Vada) Calkins, Becky (Jerry) Richardson, Lea Adam Calkins, Alysia (Ben) Cohen, AJ Lea, Hannah (Caleb) Farmer, Lance (Shannon) Harmon, Lucas (Kaitlin) Harmon, Brandy Lea, Brittany Lea and Megan Lea; 19 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Imogene Bowers and Shirley Mager; other relatives and friends.
    There was a private family graveside service on Sunday, November 14, 2021 with Rev. Jerry Beers officiating. Special music of “I’ll Fly Away” was sung and played on guitar by Rev. Jerry Beers.
    Casket bearers were Ross Lea, AJ Lea, Clayton Lea, Lance Harmon, Lucas Harmon, Michael Calkins and Lea Adam Calkins.
    Committal prayer and interment were in the Steelville Cemetery.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.