The Ottumwa Courier


February 18, 2013

Dorothe Woods, 86, Sigourney

SIGOURNEY — Dorothe Lee Baker (Farmer) Woods, age 86, of Sigourney, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at her home.

Dorothe was born June 29, 1926, in Sigourney to Oscar and Lesta (Engle) Baker. She attended school in Washington, Iowa, and graduated from Sigourney High School in 1944.

Dorothe married Ernest Farmer in 1944, and he was killed in Germany in 1945. On Sept. 6, 1947, she married Harold Woods in Sigourney.

A homemaker most of her life, Dorothe worked as a nurses’ aide at Keokuk County Health Center for five years. Dorothe was a member of the Sigourney United Methodist Church, the Keokuk County Historical Society, Daughters of the American Colonists, Mahaska Chapter and Daughters of the American Revolution, James McElwee Chapter. She enjoyed her family, genealogy and reading.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Harold of Sigourney; four sons, Don Farmer (Pauline) Woods of Parker, Colo., Jon Farmer Woods, Hal (Barbara) Woods and Bob (Linda) Woods, all of Muscatine; two daughters, Jan (Dan) Woods Conner of Muscatine and Kay (Vincent) Woods Ruggiero of Des Moines; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Besides Ernest, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Cloyce Baker; and one sister, Bernadine Baker Springman.

Private family services will be held at Powell Funeral Home in Sigourney. Burial will be at a later date at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Sigourney.

There will be no visitation. 

A memorial fund has been established for the Sigourney Public Library.

Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Sigourney is caring for Dorothe and her family.

Condolences may be emailed at under obituaries.

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