The Ottumwa Courier

July 4, 2013

Dorothy Wood


Ottumwa Courier

KEOSAUQUA — Dorothy B. Wood, 96, of Keosauqua died at 3:45 p.m. July 3, 2013, at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.

She was born Nov. 12, 1916, near Keosauqua to Lawrence E. Boyer and Selma M. Clemens Boyer and married Maxwell L. Wood on Nov. 1, 1941, in Lancaster, Mo.  He passed away in 1975.

She graduated from Keosauqua High School in 1931.  After high school she worked for Swift & Co., a sub-station on the South side of Ottumwa.  When World War II started, she worked in the Selective Services in Washington, D.C.  After the war, she worked for a tax accountant in Salinas, Calif.  Then moving to Los Angeles, Calif., she worked for two years for L.A. Teachers Association.  Then Dorothy worked for 31 years for Balboa Insurance in Newport Beach, Calif., and retired July 1983.  After retiring, she moved back to Keosauqua and was secretary to the Esther Circle at the Keosauqua Methodist Church and a member of Alpha Delpha study club. She was also secretary/treasurer for the Pittsburg Cemetery Association.

She is survived by four sisters, Wilma McVey and Irene Stagers of Fairfield, Marilyn Nelson of Albia and Esther Lancaster of Phoenix, Ariz., and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her four brothers, John, Wayne, Harold and Leo Boyer.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua; the Rev. Douglas Harding officiating. Burial will be in Pittsburg Cemetery west of Keosauqua.

Visitation will be open from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the family present from 4-5 p.m.

Memorials to the Keosauqua United Methodist Church or Pittsburg Cemetery may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at 407 Oak St., Keosauqua, Iowa 52565.


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