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  The Leon Journal-Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Page 2

Obituary ~ Dorothy Ida (Lewis) Jackson
February 18, 1932 ~ October 09, 2015

Dorothy Ida Lewis Jackson, age 83, was born February 18, 1932, in Grand River, Iowa the daughter of Fred B. Lewis and Irene Tharp Lewis, and stepmother Ruth Baum Lewis, She passed away at the Kavanagh House on 56th Street, Des Moines on October 9, 2015.

She had one sister, two brothers all older and one younger half-sister. Dorothy graduated from Leon High School, then graduated Nursing School at Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa as a Registered Nurse in 1953; Received Masterís in Nursing from Drake University 1986. Received a Service Certificate from the State of Iowa.

October 16, 1954 in Des Moines, Iowa Dorothy married Frank O. Jackson. They left that very evening for his post in Italy. Frank asked her if she wanted to come with him or wait for him to return. She said it took her one second to choose to go with him. They were stationed in Naples Italy, The Philippines Subic Bay, Memphis, Philadelphia, Oakland, and San Diego with husband Frank, Chief Aviation Electricians Mate in the United States Navy. They retired to Des Moines, Iowa in 1970. They were married 54 years before Frank passed away.

Dorothy was employed with the United States Federal Government as a Registered Nurse at naval hospitals where husband Frank was stationed. After returning to Des Moines in 1970, Dorothy was employed with the State of Iowa as Associate Director, Nursing Practice for the Board of Nursing.

She was an avid bird watcher-kept diary of sightings each season, cat lover-every single friend asked about her kitties and if they would be taken care of, quilter, reader-loved her kindle, played cribbage and Contract Bridge with passion, loved to travel the world-her last trip was to the Reagan Ranch in California, enjoyed trying new recipes, made awesome strawberry jam, and cakes; loved to watch sports on TV. Volunteer: DM Airport at visitor desk, Polk County Heritage Gallery as docent.

Lifetime member of Leonís Chapter W PEO. Member of Alumni Iowa Lutheran Hospital committee Dorothy believed in encouraging others in their dreams. She once traveled across the country for one day so she could attend her nieceís first art show. Used humor and treats to make others feel cherished and appreciated.

Survived by two cats - Varment and Baby, now living in Springfield MO, Nieces and Nephews, who are spread across the country. And many, many friends.

Preceding Dorothy in death: were her husband, Frank in 2008; older siblings Edith, Elmer, Delbert and younger sister Arvilla. Dorothy was the last of her generation.

Graveside services were held Monday, Nov 2nd, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter. Iowa. Memorial contributions directed to Kavanagh House, 900 56th St, DM 50312 will feed Dorothyís bird friends.

Hamilton's Funeral Home of Des Moines, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.


Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2015