Dorothy J. Wilson, aged 91, passed peacefully with loving family and friends at her side on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Scottish Rite Park. Dorothy was born on June 23, 1924 in Hampton, Iowa to Wheelock E. Wilson and Hazel Irene (Harsch) Wilson. She grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa and graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1942 and the Evangelical Deaconess School of Nursing in 1945, as a registered nurse. Her plans to join the US Army as a nurse changed as WWII ended the prior year. Instead, she chose to work at VA hospitals throughout her career, commencing in Chicago, IL then transferring to Omaha, NE, Iowa City, IA, and finally Des Moines Iowa where she finished her long career and lived the rest of her life.
Dorothy, a true lady, was a sweet, gentle and loving person. She exemplified the spirit of the “greatest generation”. She was the epitome of selflessness, loyalty, frugality (personal) and generosity (to others) and always tried to do the right thing, sometimes at great personal sacrifice. She took tender care of her beloved parents, having her mother live with her for many years until her death. Dorothy always said she loved living with mother and made sure her life was full of happiness and comfort. Her family and close friends meant the world to her and she enriched their lives by being a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend.
Dorothy was the eldest of four close-knit sisters and is survived by Audrey M. Erickson, Sun City Center, FL, Mary Bess Fulster, of Urbandale, IA (formerly Gladbrook, IA) and Carol O. Calabrese, Marshalltown, IA; her 11 nieces and nephews, who she considered her “kids”, numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers’ in-law; Thorsten (Erik) Erickson, Heinz Fulster and Donald Calabrese, along with many dear friends.
As per Dorothy’s wishes, her remains will be cremated and interred at Rose Hills Memorial Gardens in Marshalltown. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held in July (date to be announced) at Scottish Rite Park in Des Moines. Online condolences may be expressed at BrooksFuneralCare.com. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to send a memorial in Dorothy’s honor may do so by sending it to: Cremation Society of Iowa, 7975 University Blvd, Clive, Iowa 50325. The family will donate all contributions as per Dorothy’s wishes.
Her family wishes to thank the staff at Scottish Rite Park and Hospice of Central Iowa for the loving care she was given, especially during her final months of life.