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Dorothy Timmons
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Obituary for Dorothy Timmons

Dorothy Timmons, 101, died peacefully, surrounded by family on August 25, 2018 at Israel Family Hospice House, Ames, IA after a brief illness.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday August 28 from 5-7p.m. at St. Cecilia Church in Ames. Funeral Mass will be on August 29 at 1:00pm, with a visitation one hour prior, at St. Cecilia Church. Burial at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on December 9, 1916 to Senter and Josie Langdon in Hornersville, MO. At age 14, she left home to attend Webb Preparatory School in Bell Buckle, TN. Following graduation in 1935, she attended Sweet Briar College in VA, and the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Applied Art. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta social sorority, Delta Phi Delta honorary art fraternity, and Sigma Pi Alpha honorary education fraternity. While at the University of Missouri, Dorothy met the love of her life, John F. Timmons on a blind date arranged by mutual friends. They were married on September 28, 1939 in Hornersville, MO and moved to Silver Spring, MD, where John worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. Following John receiving his Ph. D at University of Wisconsin - Madison, they moved to Ames, IA in 1947, where John became a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Iowa State University and where they raised their eight children.

Dorothy treasured time spent with her family, especially at their lake home in northern Minnesota over the past 54 years, including this summer. She shared a wonderful married life with John and they enjoyed many activities together including attending cultural and ISU sporting events, travel, gardening, walks, and even time spent duck, goose and pheasant hunting.

She was a wonderful cook and took pride in preparing meals for her family and entertaining in her home with elegant dinner parties. A favorite saying of hers, was “the eye eats first”, which attributed to her attention to detail in serving a meal and setting a table. She warmly opened her home to John’s foreign graduate students over holidays. She was an avid reader, enjoyed nature and could identify many species of flowers and birds.

Dorothy was an accomplished artist. She painted in oil and later in watercolor. She was a co-founder of Iowa Artists, was a member of Iowa Watercolor Society, Leech Lake Arts League, P.E.O. Chapter KC, Ames, IA, National League of American Pen Women, Gamma Phi Beta, ISU Faculty Women’s Club, St. Cecilia’s Parish, Ames, IA.

Dorothy was gentle, caring, patient, and kind. She always placed others before herself, especially her family. When talking of raising a large family, she would say “if I ever get to heaven, I’ll float there on a diaper!” Those who knew Dorothy recognized a life well lived. Above all else, she lived a full life centered around faith, family, friendship and unconditional love.

Dorothy is survived by her children Theresa of Sauk Rapids, MN; John L.(Kathleen), of Ames IA; Bill (Donna), of Port Charlotte, FL; Nancy (Lawrence) Eisinger, of Fergus Falls, MN; Josie (Scott) Josif, of Palatine, IL; Senter (Phyllis), of Green River, WY; Dave (Marilyn), of San Diego, CA; 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; brother-in-law Robert Timmons (Joan), W. Davenport, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter Dorothy J., her parents, and two brothers.

The family would like to thank the care givers at At-Home Care Co. and the nurses and aides at Israel Family Hospice House for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, and Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation/ Israel Family Hospice House.

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Cecilia Catholic Church

2900 Hoover Ave.
Ames, IA 50010

A Mass of Christian Burial




1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
St. Cecilia Catholic Church

2900 Hoover Ave.
Ames, IA 50010

Visitation one hour before funeral mass.


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