Obituaries Dorothy Jean Fager

Dorothy Jean Fager


Dorothy Jean Fager

Nov. 10, 1921 – March 4, 2020

TOPEKA — Dorothy Jean Fager died Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Brewster Place, Topeka. She was 98.

She was born Nov. 10, 1921, in Joplin, Mo., the daughter of Charles August and Gladys Shewmaker Alford. She grew up in the Joplin area, graduating from Seneca High School and Joplin Business College.

She met Emery E. Fager, a young U.S. Army officer who was stationed at Camp Crowder, Mo. They were married July 26, 1943, and enjoyed 71 years of marriage. He preceded her in death.

Shortly after the marriage, they moved to Overbrook, where she joined Kansas State Bank. She was very active in the Overbrook community and was a member of many social and community organizations including First United Methodist Church, Overbrook.

Dorothy and Emery moved, in 1959, to Topeka to begin Commerce State Bank, now CoreFirst Bank & Trust. She was very active in helping the bank at the beginning, filling in wherever she could to help the new bank. As the bank grew, they made a lot of friends in Topeka and the banking industry.

They enjoyed traveling and taking their family to visit various parts of the world. She loved her family and enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on many family occasions and vacations.

Dorothy became very involved in the Topeka Country Club Ladies Golf Association. She enjoyed golf and her friendships with other golfers. A highlight was making a hole-in-one on July 8, 1983.

Dorothy and Emery were very supportive of the Topeka community. Later in life, they became active in Habitat for Humanity. They personally worked on a number of houses, getting them ready for new homeowners to enjoy. She always loved a project and especially building and remodeling homes. While they were active in Habitat, over 40 homes were built or renovated.

She also was a faithful member of Countryside United Methodist Church for over 60 years. She participated in a number of volunteer activities at the church and loved hearing her daughter play the pipe organ that they donated to the church in 1980.

Dorothy and Emery had a wonderful partnership. They believed in sharing their blessings with others. They were a caring and sharing couple.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Gladys Alford; three brothers, Melvin Alford, Beryl Alford and Charles E. Alford; and a sister, Louise Barnes.

She is survived by a sister, June Harlan; a son, Duane Fager and wife, Beth; a daughter, Jane Anderson and husband, Bill; five grandchildren, Angela Swift (Tim), Melissa Hiestand (Jeff), Aaron Anderson (Karen), John Fager (Cheryl) and Emery Kent Fager (Tamara); 14 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be at Mt. Hope Mausoleum. A celebration of life reception for family and friends will be 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Mt. Hope Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 S.W. Burlingame Rd., Topeka, KS 66611.

Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel is assisting the family.

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