Dorothy Marie Vester was born to Woodrow and Daisy Hooper in Alton, Missouri. She graduated from high school in Thayer, Missouri in 1958. Shortly after graduating she moved to the St. Louis area where she lived and worked the rest of her adult life. Dorothy and James “Jim” Vester were married in June of 1975.
Many would describe Dorothy as “sharp as a tack,” referring to her quick mind, but sharp is the word that could be used to describe her always present sense of humor, and sense of style. Dorothy enjoyed being well dressed; a trademark accent all her own was the collection of sparkly bugs she often wore on the back of her shoulder. She will also be remembered for her talent as an artist. Throughout her life she dabbled and excelled in making jewelry, beadwork, macrame, painting, art glass and other crafts. She enjoyed her plants and gardening, vacationing with Jim, and loved her family. Nobody's fried chicken was better than Dorothy's, just ask her son Keith. Dorothy's car always smelled like strawberries, and she had the most mischievous smile.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Howard. She is survived by her sisters Lois (Hooper) Scott and Kathy (Hooper) Nicholson, her brother Jackie Hooper, and her husband, Jim Vester. Surviving children are Keith Sohn, Angie (Vester) Price, and Rita Vester. Jim and Dorothy have 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made in Dorothy's name to Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Missouri Chapter.