Dorothy R. Yackley

Dorothy Yackley PIC

Date of Birth

February 8, 1927

Date of Passing

March 8, 2023

Date, Time, & Place of Visitation

Thursday, March 16, 2023 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Peter

Date, Time, & Place of Funeral

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Peter. Memorials are suggested to Quincy University or to Quincy Notre Dame High School.

Dorothy R. Yackley age 96, of Durham, MO died on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 in Blessing Hospital.  Dorothy was born on February 8, 1927, in Easton, MO a daughter of Philip and Josephine (Bucher) Kneib.

She met her husband Ernest E. Yackley in Jacksonville, FL where he was stationed while serving in the U.S. Navy.  They were married October 27, 1956, in Jacksonville, and had celebrated 63 years together when Ernie preceded her in death on February 24, 2020. Prior to retiring, Dorothy had worked as a Bookkeeper at McLaughlin Auto and H&R Block both in Quincy.

She was of the Catholic Faith, and was a previous member of the former St. Boniface Catholic Church in Quincy and recently of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ewing, MO.

Dorothy and Ernie loved to travel, and prior to his passing spent several winters in Florida. Dorothy most loved being outdoors. She enjoyed the farming life; gardening and she had a yard full of flowers.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Katherine Watts and her husband Duane of St. Louis, MO; two grandsons, Daniel Watts and his wife Madeline of Ellisville, MO and Thomas Watts of Austin, TX.

A sister, JoAnn King of St. Joseph, MO; special friends Bob and Mary Ann Lundberg, and nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Robert and Francis Kneib; four sisters, Mary Rose Mabie, Helen VanCleave, Marguerite Eiberger, Rita Welsh and a sister in infancy, Elizabeth Kneib.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Peter. Interment will be in the Apostolic Church Cemetery in Taylor, MO. Visitation will be Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Peter. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Quincy University or Quincy Notre Dame High School. Service arrangements are with Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Messages may shared online at


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  1. Patricia speirs on March 12, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    So sorry for your loss
    Dorothy was my tax preparer for years at hand r block in quincy il several years ago . She was full of life and always happy and I had her for a few years. She will be deeply missed . My thoughts ND prayers r with u all. Rip Dorothy.

  2. Ray Job on March 13, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    Thinking of Dorothy’s family at this time of loss. Ray

  3. Mark Wiewel on March 14, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    Katherine & Family:
    Very sorry for your loss.
    Eternal rest Dorothy.
    Chaplain Mark Wiewel
    Blessing Hospital

  4. Fr Richard W Frank on March 14, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    I have fond memories of Dorothy and Ernie when I was their pastor at Queen of Peace Parish in Ewing, MO from 2004-2011. They were always kind to me and active and cooperative members of the parish. I remember one time when my car got a flat in Monticello and they picked me up and brought me home. Later they gave me a car–1997 Mercury Grand Marquis–for which they were not going to get much of a trade-in. I did not need another vehicle but I accepted it and still have and use it as a back-up vehicle. I have been reminded of Ernie and now will be of Dorothy whenever I get into that car and say a brief prayer for them! I also remember Dorothy and Ernie writing me at least one note each time they were in Florida during the cold months. Dorothy called me when Ernie died in Florida in Feb, 2020, and she appreciated it when I was able to concelebrate the funeral Mass at Queen of Peace. ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO DOROTHY & ERNIE, O LORD. AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM! — Fr Richard W Frank, Jefferson City, MO

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