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Dorothy Nolte

August 29, 1928 — June 9, 2023

Bryan, Texas

Dorothy Nolte

Dorothy Jean (Lansford) Nolte

August 29, 1928 – June 9, 2023


“This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,

to love that well, which thou must leave ere long.”        Wm. Shakespeare, Sonnet 73


Dorothy Nolte, 94, of Bryan, TX, joined her loved ones in heaven who have gone before her on June 9, 2023. Dorothy was born on August 29, 1928, the seventh of eight children at home in Judge, MO to her late parents, Virgil Preston Lansford and Mary Ann (Maples) Lansford.


Dorothy was a 1947 graduate of Linn High School.  She played on the girls’ basketball team, where she caught the eye of a handsome young sailor home from the war. On March 18, 1950, she was united in marriage with Lowell Augustus Nolte at Solid Rock Baptist Church in Judge. He preceded her in death on March 2, 1979, at age 54. Lowell was the first of their combined 18 siblings and spouses to pass and Dorothy was the last.


Dorothy began her banking career at Linn State Bank the day after she graduated from high school. After she married and moved to Jefferson City, she worked at Central Trust Bank until she had children. Later when her children were in high school, she worked in accounting at Westinghouse for 21 years until her retirement in 1990.


Dorothy and Lowell were Charter Members of Calvary Baptist Church in 1951. Over the years Dorothy faithfully served in many roles as church treasurer, Sunday School teacher and director, Training Union director, VBS director, and Women’s Missionary Union director.


            “Well done, good and faithful servant…Enter into the joy of your Lord.” Matthew 25:21


Dorothy enjoyed working in her yard and gardening. She proudly mowed her lawn until she turned 80, much to the dismay of her children. She planned many family vacations to World’s Fairs in Seattle, New York, Montreal, and New Orleans; with other trips to Washington DC, Florida, Colorado, Texas, Pennsylvania, Alaska and Hawaii. All accomplished without the convenience of the internet, but with the benefit of having won the first built Play-Mor Travel Trailer. After retirement, she and her dear friend, Carrie Tallman, made many memories visiting all the Scandinavian countries, as well as Russia, France, England, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.


Dorothy moved to College Station, TX in 2003 to be a full time Grandma. Left to honor Dorothy and share in her legacy are her daughter, Dr. Virgie Bay Nolte and husband, Dr. James Roth of College Station, TX; her son, Thomas Ray Nolte and wife, Connie Hensley Nolte of Lenexa, KS; her four grandchildren: Brooke Elizabeth Nolte Perry of Oklahoma City, Hart Augustus Nolte-Roth of Fort Worth, Kate Alexandra Nolte of Jacksonville, FL, and Merritt Bay Nolte-Roth of Houston, and many beloved nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was welcomed into heaven by her siblings: Ruby Branson, Gerald Lansford, Troy Lansford, Geraldine Baker, Oma Huot, Nelda Marie Lansford, and Ruth McCoy.  


The Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 24, 2023, with former pastor Rev. Robert Payne officiating at Calvary Baptist Church, 1436 Hough Street, Jefferson City.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. A reception will follow the services in the Church Fellowship Hall. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Nolte Family may be shared at


Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)


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