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Dorothy Overturf 1920-2009

May 14, 2009

ROCKWELL, IA — Dorothy Overturf, 88, of Rockwell, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home under the care of Hospice.

Memorial services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the United Methodist Church, 303 Monroe Street East, in Rockwell with Rev. John Scherb officiating. Burial will follow in Harlan Cemetery in Dumont.

A visitation and lunch will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church prior to the service. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy may send cards to Patricia Stueve at P.O. Box 117, St. Ansgar, IA 50472. Thoughts, stories and condolences may be e-mailed to the family on the www.fullertonfh.com website.

Dorothy was born on Oct. 26, 1920 in Ringsted, the middle child of five born to Harvey and Susan (Talbott) McQuown. She graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1938, and on Oct. 26, 1938 she was united in marriage to James “David” Phelps in Spirit Lake. David passed away on Dec. 24, 1956. Following his death, she met Harold Overturf. The couple was married on Dec. 26, 1958 in Mason City and would make their home in Dumont. They would eventually move to Swaledale and finally settle in Rockwell. On Sept. 10, 1988, Harold passed away.

Dorothy enjoyed being a housewife and raising her children. She loved getting together for holidays and family gatherings. She and Harold traveled extensively, both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of Dorothy’s hobbies included watching Lawrence Welk, listening to music, playing cards and baking cookies (she was known as the “Cookie Lady”). She was a member of the Rockwell Women’s Club, the Senior Citizens group, the United Methodist Church and the UMW, the Sew Sew Club and a couple of Birthday Clubs.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; sons, Norman and Richard Phelps; brother, Lee McQuown; sister, Bertha Mae Wickman-Elbert; and sisters-in-law, Edna Overturf and Marian Phelps.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Patricia (Bob) Stueve of St. Ansgar; step-daughter, Myrna Wood of Union; sisters, Shirley (Eldon) Fain of Estherville and Carol (Melvin) Reese of Ayrshire; sister-in-law, Lois Vermillion of Mason City; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; several step-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 120 3rd Street S., Rockwell, Iowa 50469. 641-822-3191 www.Fullertonfh.com