Dorothy M. Peregrine, the daughter of Virgil T. and Cecilia (Koelzer) Moore, was born March 10, 1932, in Forest City, Missouri. Dorothy graduated from Forest City High School in 1950. She then attended a St. Joseph, Missouri, business school, earning a secretarial certificate.
On August 13, 1951, Dorothy was united in marriage to Harold Lee Peregrine at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Forest City. They made their home in St. Joseph until 1952 when they moved to a farm in Elmo, Missouri. They later moved to Rea and Whitesville, Missouri, and in 1959, returned to the Tarkio and Westboro, Missouri, areas, where they farmed until 1980. In 1981, they moved into Tarkio. In 1987 they began spending the winter months in Texas where they made many good friends. Harold passed away in 2007.
Dorothy was a stay-at-home mom and a hard-working farmer’s wife. She climbed grain bins, walked beans and did many other jobs on the farm. She sold fresh eggs, cream, chickens, and always raised a large garden. She was also an Avon representative for many years. Dorothy was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Tarkio, and Good Sam’s Camping Club. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and hosting large family gatherings at her home. Dorothy passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Tarkio Rehabilitation and Health Care, Tarkio, at the age of 88.
Besides her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by sisters, Rachel Cooper and Mildred Uehlin. Survivors include three daughters, Evelyn (Michael) Gardner, Shenandoah, Iowa, Marjorie (Lary Trowbridge) Delfelder, Lawrence, Kansas, and Catherine Driskell, Savannah, Missouri; four sons, Gerald (Linda) Peregrine, Westboro, Michael (Dzifa) Peregrine, St. Joseph, Dennis (Sherry) Peregrine, Westboro, and Harold, Jr. (Yolanda) Peregrine, St. Joseph; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Ann Payne, Oregon, Missouri, Alice McGinnis, Skidmore, Missouri, Virginia Blunt, Effingham, Kansas, and Gregory (Charla) Moore, St. Joseph; sisters-in-law, Ruth Ann (Rodney) Miller, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Florence (Larry) Means, Aurora, Colorado, and Barbara (Shane) Brailey, Viera, Florida; brother-in-law, Eugene (Mae) Peregrine, Sacramento, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private family funeral service was held Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Tarkio. Interment was at Home Cemetery, Tarkio. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Services were under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.