She graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1937 and attended Fort Scott Junior College. She taught school from 1939 until 1941 at a one-room school; Harmony School, District 83, near Redfield, Kansas.
She married Charles Adrian Palmer May 17, 1940. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1990. He preceded her in death October 31, 1993. After their children were raised, Dorothy worked for the Western Insurance Company.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fort Scott, and the Aurora Sunday School class. She was known for her homemade divinity candy and her homemade noodles.
Dorothy is survived by four children, Ronald Charles Palmer and his wife Shirley, rural Fort Scott, Kansas; Nancy Louise Ransom and her husband Chris, Boerne, Texas; Betty Kay Clary and her husband Joe, rural Fort Scott, Kansas; and Robert Lynn Palmer and his wife Vanessa, Kincaid, Kansas, nine grandchildren, Brian Palmer and his wife Carla, Olathe, Kansas; Gary Palmer, Fort Scott, Kansas; Tim Clary and his wife Jocie, Smithton, Missouri; Adam Clary, Fort Scott, Kansas; Brandon Palmer and his wife Heather, Garnett, Kansas; Amy Marshall and her husband Mike, Arma, Kansas; Dustin Palmer, Overland Park, Kansas; Lee Ransom, San Antonio, Texas; and Lori Ransom and her husband John Weiss, Lake Forest, Washington, twelve great-grandchildren; John David Palmer, Elizabeth Palmer, Olathe, Kansas; Mariah Clary, Marissa Clary, Matthew Clary, Smithton, Missouri; Makenzie Marshall, Serenity Marshall, Aaron Marshall, Arma, Kansas; Lane Palmer, Colton Palmer, Hunter Palmer, Garnett, Kansas; and Kaiden Clary, Fort Scott, Kansas, two sisters; Rita Hardin, Irving, Texas, and Alice Thomas, Bonner Springs, Kansas, and a brother; Clifford (Bernard) Elbrader, Harrison, Arkansas. In addition to her husband Charles, she was preceded in death by two brothers; Don Elbrader, Wichita, Kansas, and Bud Elbrader, Clinton Township, Michigan.
Pastor Tim Davish will conduct funeral services 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at the First Baptist Church, 123 Scott Avenue, Fort Scott, with burial following at the Clarksburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701.