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Patricia Margaret Dodson

Patricia Margaret  Dodson, Anderson, died Oct. 12, 2011.

She was born in Oak Park, Ill., the only daughter of Montgomery and Rebecca Winning. She  graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, Ill., and DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. After graduation, Mrs. Dodson worked as a copywriter for Young and Rubicam Advertising Agency in Chicago, Ill.  

On June 9, 1945, she married Richard I. Dodson, when he returned from the Naval Air Force, where he had been stationed in the South Pacific theatre during World War II. He died in 2001.  

After they were married, they lived in Springfield, Ill., where she was active in First United Methodist Church, The Junior League and The Association of University Women.

Their two daughters, the lights of their lives, were born in Springfield. The family moved to Lima, Ohio in 1954. In Lima, she was president of The Newcomers Club, The Women’s Club and the board of the YWCA, in addition to volunteering for many other church, school and community activities. She did substitute teaching in both Lima junior and senior high schools and did freelance writing for the Lima newspaper.

The Dodsons moved to Ft. Wayne, Ind., before moving to Topeka, Kan., in 1971. In Topeka, she was a member of First United Methodist Church, Chapter DF-PEO, Shawnee Country Club and Alpha Phi Alumni Association. She also volunteered as a docent at a Cedar Crest, and spent 10 years as a volunteer at The Discovery Shop, benefiting cancer, and later several more years at “Findables,” the retail shop benefiting Midland Hospice. She was a member of Stormont Vail Auxiliary. She loved traveling with her family and playing bridge.

Survivors include her two daughters, Lynn Dodson Rowley (Alan), Anderson, and Leigh Ann Dodson Braley (Richard) of Kailua, Hawaii; one brother, James M. Winning, Springfield, Ill.; five grandchildren, Alison Wade (Mike) of Kokomo, Meredith Rowley of Anderson, Jordan Rowley of Anderson, Andrew Braley (Renee) of Indianapolis and Rebecca White (Thomas) of Kailua, Hawaii;  eight great-grandchildren with twins expected in February 2012. A second brother, D.E. Winning preceded her in death.

The remains were cremated. Memorial services will be at First United Methodist Church in Anderson at a later date.

Interment of Patricia and Richard will be at Marion National Cemetery in March 2012.

Memorial Contributions may be made to DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 46135, Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi, DePauw University or First United Methodist Church, Topeka, Kansas.

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