Dorothy Sellon passed away on January 4, 2019, at her residence, Provision Living, an assisted living community in Columbia, Missouri. She was born in Clinton, Iowa on November 15, 1927, to James Otis Floyd and Etta (Allen) Floyd. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1946 and then attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she met her future husband, Richard (Dick) Lee Sellon. They were married in January 1948. As a teenager, Dorothy was a licensed pilot. She learned to fly before she had a driver's license, and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol Cadets during WW II. Dorothy's interest in art also began at an early age, and she became an accomplished artist in water colors and pastels. Her talents are on display at the homes of relatives and friends since she favored them with gifts of her work. She was a member of the Art Guild in Rogers, Arkansas. Dorothy was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Rogers where she volunteered in the church library. She also contributed many volunteer hours over the years at Mercy Medical Hospital in Rogers When Dorothy and her husband first moved to Rogers, Arkansas, in 1985, they operated a U-pick blueberry farm for ten years. And they enjoyed boating on nearby Beaver Lake in northwest Arkansas and travel throughout North America in their camper van. After her husband, Dick, passed away in 2013, Dorothy moved to Columbia, Missouri, to be near her daughter, Kathie Esbeck. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Lynn Sellon and family of Centennial, Colo.; her daughter, Kathie Jeanne Esbeck and family of Columbia, Mo.; and her daughter, Rebecca Lee Merritt and family of Pearland, Texas; sister, Kathryn Slagel of Tucson, Ariz.; sister Diane Goldtrap of Ft. Smith, Ark.; and, brother James Floyd of Hope, N.J. Dorothy also leaves behind four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of the Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, January 19, at 3:00 p.m. At a later date, Dorothy will be interred alongside her husband at the Floyd family plot in Springdale Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa. The family suggests memorials be submitted for the benefit of Mercy Hospital Northwest in Rogers, Ark., c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia Mo., 65202.
Published January 13, 2019