OTTUMWA — Dorothy Rosewreath Blew, 95, of Peoria, Ariz., formerly of Ottumwa, passed away peacefully on June 25, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz., following a stroke.
Dorothy was born Jan. 25, 1918, in Moravia, the fifth of seven children of Alva and Linna Leota (Hamilton) Perry and grew up on a farm near Floris, next to Soap Creek. She attended grade school at Iowa’s last log cabin school, the Pleasant Ridge School, and finished her remaining school years in Bloomfield, graduating in 1937.
She married Lowell "Keith" Blew on Aug. 31, 1940, in Ottumwa, and lived there until 1957, when the family moved to Mount Vernon. In 1962, they moved to Cedar Rapids, and in 1980, returned to Ottumwa, where Keith died a short time later. In 2006, Dorothy moved to Peoria, Ariz. She loved reading, photography, genealogy and Star Trek. Dorothy was known for being outgoing, never hesitant to strike up a conversation – she herself said she “never knew a stranger.”
She is survived by her son Richard (Sue) Blew of Oak Grove, Mo., and daughter Sheri (Frank) Brogni of Glendale, Ariz., and their blended families, which include nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Keith; her sisters, Ellinor Gregory, Fanchen (Steve) Overturf of Ottumwa, Gertrude (Stanley) Thomas of Eldon; her brothers Hugh of Ottumwa, James and Ausman and their spouses.
Burial was at Shaul Cemetery in Ottumwa.