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Dorothy Mae (Anderson) Nelson

April 10, 1928 ~ December 26, 2020 (age 92)



Dorothy Mae Nelson, 92, passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

Dorothy Mae (Anderson) Nelson was born April 10, 1928 in Ivy, Iowa along with her twin sister Darlene Faye (Anderson) Bozarth, to William “Jake” and Nota Dorothy (Hick) Anderson.  She graduated from Newton High School in 1946.  She was a longtime resident of Jasper County, until she moved to Mesa, AZ in 2014.  On October 11, 1947, Dorothy was united in marriage with Harold Bernie Nelson.

Dorothy worked at Maytag Washing Machine Co, Maytag Blue Cheese Co, and was a grocery checker at Hy Vee Food Stores from 1959 to 1972.  Dorothy enjoyed playing cards, gardening, camping, blue grass jam sessions, various crafts, such as macrame, playing bingo and slot machines.  She especially enjoyed visits and get-togethers with friends and family in Iowa and Arizona.  Dorothy was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Newton, Iowa.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Barbara (Doug Brown) Mackerman, grandsons Matthew Mackerman of Mesa, AZ, Chad (Tiffani) Nelson of Gilbert, AZ, Brad (Shaena) Nelson of Mesa, AZ, step-granddaughter Anna (Junior) Wilmont of Indianapolis, IN, five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in November 2002, her son Ragan in April 2019; brothers R. Henry Anderson and Glenn Anderson, sisters Darlene Bozarth, Florence Minenga and Mildred Ray, several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Wallace Family Funeral Home on Friday August 20, 2021, at 9:30 in the morning.  Burial of ashes following at Newton Union Cemetery.

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Memorial Service
August 20, 2021

9:30 AM
Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory
1115 E. 19th St. N.
Newton, IA 50208-2539

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