Dorothy Ely Obituary

Dorothy Jenkins Ely
Dorothy Jenkins Ely
Dorothy Jenkins Ely

April 9, 1920 - July 17, 2021
Born in Knoxville, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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The Good Lord called home one of his angels, Dorothy Jenkins Ely, on July 17, 2021. She was 101 years old, and was greatly loved and respected by her friends and family.

Born April 9, 1920 in Knoxville, she moved with her family to Montezuma as a child. She attended the University of Iowa, where she graduated. While in Iowa City she met her future husband, Larry, in the church choir and they were married in 1942. They lived in Iowa City from 1942 through 1952; they then moved to Des Moines so Larry could start his surgical practice.

They were blessed with five children: daughter Patricia A. (Chuck) Matteson, son Lawrence O. (Cheryl) Ely Jr., son Stephen C. Ely, son Bennett K. (Leisa) Ely, and daughter Carolyn E. Coffman.

Dorothy Loved to entertain, cook, garden and became a notable "birder". She was famous for her pea salad, banana cream pie and ham balls and could recognize most birds from a great distance. Although Dorothy was a busy homemaker, she still found time to be actively involved with First Christian Church, PEO, Polk County Medical Society Alliance, Des Moines Opera Guild, and Symphony Guild. Dorothy found joy in service to others and is remembered for always giving of herself and her time. She may have preferred a supporting role rather than a leadership role, but you always knew you could count on her.

For the past 10 years Dorothy resided at Scottish Rite Park where she made many new friendships. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry, 2 brothers and a sister, daughter-in-law Marcia Ely and grandson Bryant Ely. She is survived by her 5 children, 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Per Dorothy's request, no service is planned. There will be a celebration of her life this fall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Des Moines Metro Opera at 106 West Boston Avenue Indianola, lowa 50125 or Scottish Rite Park “Good Neighbors Fund" at 2909 Woodland Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50312.




Funeral Home
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312


Des Moines Metro Opera
106 West Boston Avenue
Indianola, IA 50125
Scottish Rite Park "Good Neighbors Fund"
2909 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa US 50312