Mueller King nee Brown, Dorothy Lee

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Midlawn Memorial Gardens in Union, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to The Arbors at Victorian Place, Cuba, MO


Dorothy Lee Mueller King of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Cuba, MO, on March 6, 2021, having reached the age of eighty-four years, three months and two days. Dorothy was born in Washington, MO, on December 4, 1936, daughter of Alvin Roy Brown, known to most as Dick, and Leona Carolyn Brown nee Hobelmann. On November 24, 1955, she was united in marriage to Franklin Delano Mueller and two children came to bless this union. On August 26, 1995, she was united in marriage to Charles William King.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Linda McMillen and husband, Danny, of Lake St. Louis, MO; by three grandchildren, Adrianne Rettinghaus and husband, Jason, of Wentzville, MO, Sara Pelikan and husband, Eddie, II, of Lake St. Louis, and Erica Saponaro and husband, Nick, of Chicago, IL; by six great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Rettinghaus, Eddie Pelikan, III, Brodie Rettinghaus, Oliver Rettinghaus, Lilly Pelikan and Otto Saponaro; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents. Dick and Leona Brown; by her husbands, Franklin Mueller and Charles King; by her son, Jeff Mueller; by one great-grandchild, Hailey Rettinghaus, and by her brother, Ronald Brown, known to all as Ronnie.

Dorothy was a Christian of the Baptist faith and member of Bethel Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO. During her working years, she was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a switchboard operator, worked in the office of Bechtel Construction during the construction of Ameren Missouri power plant in Labadie, MO and owned and operated Country Crafts in St. Clair, MO, where she taught painting and sold her crafts. She was a proud member of the local chapter of the Red Hat Society. She was a talented artist that enjoyed using both oil and acrylic paints and many of her paintings are cherished family heirlooms. Dorothy also loved to travel and go camping in their fifth wheel camper, as well as going to bluegrass festivals. What meant most to her was time spent with family. The loved they shared and many precious memories they created will forever be cherished by them all.

A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Friday, March 12, 2021, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO with the Rev. Ben Kingston officiating. Interment was in Midlawn Memorial Gardens in Union, MO. Memorials may be made to The Arbors at Victorian Place in Cuba. MO.