Dorothy Bowman “Dot” McCollister thumbnail

Dorothy Bowman "Dot" McCollister

Died: April 16, 2017

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Dorothy “Dot” Bowman McCollister, native of Marion, Ohio, and resident of Baton Rouge, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, at the age of 90. Dot shared wi…read more

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Dorothy “Dot” Bowman McCollister, native of Marion, Ohio, and resident of Baton Rouge, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, at the age of 90. Dot shared with her children and grandchildren a prayer that her mother wrote to her in a letter. Her mother prayed it after a beautiful sunset with a radiant afterglow. “Dear God, when I leave this world to come live in my heavenly home, I pray that I have been obedient and faithful to you, and that my life will leave, at least, a small afterglow.” That was Dot’s prayer too, and her afterglow is one we all will witness and enjoy in our lives and the lives of others she touched.

Dot is a long-time member of The Chapel on the Campus. She was a founder of Baton Rouge Christian Women’s Club. She was a godly woman and servant leader who loved Jesus and put her family and friends first. Dot loved to cook and believed “around the family table” is where life makes up its mind. Her children and grandchildren knew, every Sunday after church, the family gathered at “Mee Maw’s” for a big lunch—followed by entertainment by the grandkids. Using her gift of hospitality and favorite recipes from the kitchen, along with wisdom and life lessons God had taught her, it was fitting she follow the advice of her children and put it all in a book, appropriately titled, “FIRST SERVING: Food for the Body, Food for the Soul.” Dot was a speaker, bible study leader, prayer warrior and mentor, but most of all, a devoted wife (married 55 years when her “sweetie” went to heaven), mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Her life was a true inspiration. She is survived and deeply loved by her daughter, Debbie Shirley and spouse, John; sons, Rolfe McCollister Jr. and spouse, Teeta, and Stephen McCollister and spouse, Tonni; grandchildren, John Shirley Jr. and spouse, Caroline, Jeanne McNeil and spouse, Ryan, Callie Gilkison and spouse, Ed, Elizabeth McCollister, Sarah King and spouse, Justin, Ben Shirley and partner, Elizabeth Rathbone, Meggie Harlan and spouse, Caleb, Katie McCollister and Emily McCollister; great grandchildren, Owen Shirley; Apoline Rathbone-Shirley; Bo, Jack, Ellie Kayte, and Mary Grace Gilkison; Caden, Isaiah, and Lane McNeil; Lucy and Wyatt King; and Micah Harlan; and her sister, Ruth Behrnes and spouse, Grady.  Dot is preceded in death by her parents, William and Hazel Bowman; husband, Rolfe Hood McCollister Sr.; and six brothers and a sister.

Visitation will be held at The Chapel on the Campus, 3355 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until funeral service 12 noon. Interment will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Stonecroft ministries (Stonecroft.org) or Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)

“Well done, good and faithful servant.”

 

hide

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Chapel on the Campus

Address:

3355 Dalrymple Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Service Information

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm -

The Chapel on the Campus

Address:

3355 Dalrymple Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Greenoaks Memorial Park

Address:

9595 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of Dorothy by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Leave a Condolence

View All Condolences Post a Condolence
10