Dorothy M. Rodgers

February 9, 2021

Dorothy Mae Watson Sanders Rodgers, age 90, of Bellefontaine, formerly of Marysville and Gallipolis, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Belle Springs Nursing and Rehab in Bellefontaine.  A retired associate of Ohio Valley Banks in Gallipolis, Dorothy was a member of Okey Chapel Church in Lecta, Ohio.  She enjoyed animals, especially her pet dogs and was a proud supporter of Native American causes.  She was born December 21, 1930 in Lecta, Ohio and was preceded in death by her father, Hartley Watson and her mother, Miriam Danner Watson Pursley.  She also was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Richard B. Rodgers, whom she married in 1970; her daughter, Karen Diane Sanders; two sisters-in-law, Barbara and Audrey Watson; and stepson, Richard L. Rodgers. She is survived by her son, Phillip (Colleen) Sanders of Bellefontaine; a stepdaughter, Kay L. Rodgers of Crestline; her grandchildren, Joseph Sanders and David (Angie) Sanders, both of Worthington, Phillip (Rachael) Sanders of Dublin, Jarren (Shelby) Sanders of Marysville and George (Cody) Nelson of Marysville; her great-grandchildren, Sidney, Addison, Jackson, Casey, Collette, Clayton, Cameron and Riley; two brothers, Bobby (Carolyn) Watson and James H. Watson; two nieces, one nephew and other relatives. Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Underwood Funeral Home where the family will receive friends beginning at 3 p.m. Pastor Linda VanBuren will officiate. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Fairview Cemetery in Galion. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


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