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Daughter of Charity dedicated to helping poor

Published: June 8, 2018   

Sister Dorothea Moll, DC, who served in social ministry in Gould and Dumas for seven years, died May 23. She was 74.

She was born Susan Frances Moll in St. Louis on Aug. 29, 1943, one of five children to Theodore D. and Agnes Ballmann Moll. In 1961, she graduated from St. Francis De Sales High School in St. Louis. Three years later, she entered the Daughters of Charity. Sister Dorothea earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1969.

For 20 years, she served in social agencies and hospitals working in accounting and business in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Dallas, Austin, El Paso, San Antonio and Waco, Texas. She also served on several boards of directors for hospitals and medical centers.

Sister Dorothea ministered to children, the homeless and those with mental illness after earning a master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University in 1995, according to a 2014 Arkansas Catholic article celebrating her 50th jubilee.

In 2010, she came to the Daughters of Charity Services of Arkansas health centers in Gould and Dumas as a licensed social worker.  She entered the ministry of prayer at her residence in Gould in late 2017 and lived at The Sarah Community retirement home in Bridgeton, Mo., at the time of her death. She enjoyed gardening and candle making.

Sister Dorothea is survived by one brother, John Moll of Columbia, Ill.; and one sister, Mary Anne Keller of Fenton, Mo.

A visitation was held May 29 in Bridgeton, Mo., and a Mass of Christian Burial was held May 30, with burial at Marillac Cemetery in Normandy, Mo.

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