Dortha Skeers Obituary

Dortha  M. Skeers
Dorotha Skeers
Dortha M. Skeers

March 28, 1916 - May 20, 2009
Born in Hartford, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Dorotha Skeers, 93, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at Ramsey Village in Des Moines. Funeral services will be held 10 am Saturday, May 23, at Waukee United Methodist Church with burial to follow at the Hartford Cemetery in Hartford, Iowa.

Dorotha was born in Hartford, Iowa to Floyd and Ila (Hastie) McIntyre on March 28, 1916. Her father passed away when Dorotha was ten years old. The family moved to Des Moines, where she graduated from East High School and business college. Dorotha worked as an assistant for a dentist and eye doctor. She had various secretarial jobs and retired in 1981 as Des Moines Agency Cashier for Northwestern National Life Insurance Company.

Dorotha married Harold Skeers in 1941. They lived in Des Moines and Ottumwa prior to moving to the farm near Grimes in 1956. It was here they raised their four children. Dorotha enjoyed house plants, gardening and cats. She baked excellent cookies and enjoyed sharing them with family and friends. Dorotha did a fine job of teaching her children these and many other skills. She was a volunteer with the schools, church activities, Prairie Homemakers, Meals on Wheels and a member of Telephone Pioneers.

Dorotha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Karen, and her sister, Margaret Berkey. She is survived by her sons, Jerome (Linda) of Windsor Heights, Dennis (Lisa) of Murrysville, PA, and Tim of Des Moines; seven grandchildren, Douglas (Lisa) Ellington, Jr., Christopher (Kathy) Ellington, Mark Ellington, Todd Ellington, Julie (Leroy) Coryea, Christina Skeers, and Stephen Skeers; and 15 great grandchildren.

Visitation begins 3 pm Friday at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Grimes.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, May 22, 2009
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Waukee United Methodist Church
650 Ashworth Drive
Waukee, IA US 50263
Saturday, May 23, 2009
10:00 AM
Hartford Cemetery
Hartford, IA US
Saturday, May 23, 2009


First Presbyterian Church
410 South Third Street
Grimes, IA 50111