Dorothy L. Abeln Smith, 91, Monett, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at Lacoba Homes, Monett.

She was born July 28, 1923, in Munjor to Raymond and Matilda (Rupp) Leiker.

She married Leonard L. Abeln on Nov. 8, 1944, in Salisbury, Mo. He preceded her in death Jan. 1, 1983. She moved to Pierce City and Monett areas in 1972. She was a medical transcriptionist and a secretary-bookkeeper for several companies. She was a Roman Catholic.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha L.(Abeln) Wilkins, Neosho; a son, Robert E. Abeln and wife, Jeannie, Monett; two sisters, Cecelia Schmidt, Hays and Antoinette Haddock, Casper, Wyo.; six grandchildren, Sandra Kay Conway Sava, Helen Kristine Conway Padilla, Rebecca Marie Abeln, Kathryn Diane Abeln and Laura Elizabeth Abeln Deering, along with Genevieve Shelton; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by seven siblings; and a granddaughter, Deborah Anne Conway.

Graveside services were Monday in St. Francis Cemetery, Munjor.

Parker Mortuary, Joplin, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.

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