She was born on Aug. 23, 1924, near Strauss to Walter and Martha (Reich) Autem. She grew up in the Strauss area, where she attended New Hope School and was a 1941 graduate of McCune High School and a 1942 graduate of Parsons Business College.
For a time, she served as Labette County treasurer. In the early 1960s, she began employment as a bookkeeper at Twin Valley Electric Cooperative in Altamont, where she later became the first female rural electric cooperative manager in the state, retiring in the mid-1980s. Following retirement, she worked for the city of Altamont and, in 1995, began working for Bath Funeral Home in Altamont, which later became Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, where she worked until retiring in 2006.
In earlier years, Dora enjoyed making ceramics and being involved in her children’s activities. In later years, her greatest pleasure came when spending time with her three great-grandsons, who she adored.
She married Walter Rex Boore in March 1947. He preceded her in death in May 1962.
Survivors include a son, Walter Boore and Theresa Roach of Clarkston, Wash.; two daughters, Rexanna Sanders and her husband, Bill, of Lawrence and Linda McNeil of Dallas; a grandson, Ryan Kasson and his wife, Stephanie, of Parsons; a stepgranddaughter, Kelly Brady and her husband, Matt, of Asotin, Wash.; three great-grandsons, Dakota Kasson, Hunter Kasson and Ryan Kasson Jr.; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Brenna Brady and Erynn Brady; a brother, Wayne Autem and his wife, Carol, of Parsons; and two sisters, Vera Lea Mercer and her husband, Wayne, of Lawrence, and Hattie Turkington and her husband, Ray, of McCune.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, Walter Autem, on Jan. 24, 1961; and her mother, Martha Autem, on Jan. 10, 2007.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in McCune Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to The 506 Foundation Inc. to be used for music and journalism student scholarships or the Good Samaritan Society garden fund and may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.