Dorsella (Endecott) Cantrell
June 17, 1926 - Feb. 5, 2020
Dorsella (Endecott) Cantrell died peacefully surrounded by family at Adrian Manor on February 5, 2020 at the age of 93. Dorsella was born on June 17, 1926 at Main City, Missouri to Roy and Edna Ballard Endecott. She graduated from Archie High School in 1944, and then went on to college with studies in business. She married Emmette Cantrell on August 8, 1947. Over the next six years, the couple welcomed three children into their home and set about teaching them God’s love and hard work. Her children remember her as a mother who loved her family dearly and who encouraged them to pursue their goals.
After moving to Archie, Missouri Dorsella began working as a bookkeeper for the family service station. The couple also ran the Archie School Buses for a period of time. Dorsella was an accomplished pianist and often played for her local church. She and Emmette were long time members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) located in Harrisonville, Missouri. Until her health became an issue, she was active and dedicated to her church.
She was an individual who loved quilting and who was passionate about making a blanket for each of the greatgrandchildren.
Dorsella is survived by her daughter, Sheryl Steele and her husband Allen of Adrian, Missouri, her son, Gary Cantrell and his wife Denise of Archie, Missouri; 6 grandsons, Brian Steele and wife Stephanie, Gabriel Cantrell and wife Megan, Eric Steele and wife Kara, Willie Cantrell and wife Rebecca, Alex Cantrell and wife Kjirsten and Christian Cantrell; and 13 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Emmette with whom she was married for 63 years; also a son, Emmette Greg Cantrell.
Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, February 10, 2020 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri. Contributions to American Heart Association, Children’s Mercy Hospital or Ascend Hospice. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.