Dorothy Eastham, 81, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away, Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 25, 1935, in Melrose Park, Ill.  She was of the Lutheran faith.

Mrs. Eastham was active in politics, having served ten years as secretary of the Butler County Republican Center Committee from 1970-1980.  She was a former newspaper reporter and photographer for the Bluff Community News and Ozark Beacon newspapers in Poplar Bluff.

Mrs. Eastham enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, as well as watching Cardinal baseball.

She is survived by her children, Rebecca (Kevin) Fears, Patrick (Debbie) Reilly, Robert Eastham, Edward Eastham, Sonny Dale Eastham and Kenneth (Christy) Eastham; a sister, Eleanor Graham; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Werner Paul Guttke and Dorothy Viola (Doyle) Guttke; two husbands, Arthur Reilly and Kay Lee Eastham; one sister, Thelma Burns and brother, Paul Guttke.

Visitation was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  A graveside funeral followed at 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.