Gwen Dougherty Obituary

Gwen Marie Dougherty
Gwen (Harris) Dougherty
Gwen Marie Dougherty

December 21, 1917 - December 18, 2010
Born in Elkhart, Iowa
Resided in Johnston, IA
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Gwendolyn Marie Dougherty, 92, passed away on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at Mercy Hospice, Johnston. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21 at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel. Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 22 at Highland Memory Gardens, Des Moines.

Gwen was born December 21, 1917 near Elkhart, Iowa to Charles and Edna (Frederick) Harris. She spent her early childhood in Mason City and moved to Des Moines at the age 10. She grew up in the Highland Park area in Des Moines, graduating from East High School in 1935. She graduated from Drake University in 1939, with a degree in Economics. After graduating, Gwen worked at the Des Moines Public Library and Meredith Publishing Company.

In 1942, she married Oliver M. Dougherty residing in Beaverdale for 60 years. She worked as an elementary librarian for the Des Moines Public Schools for 17 years, retiring in 1979. She spent a major part of her career at Samuelson Elementary School. Gwen was a member of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and family vacations in the western United States. She was an avid Hawkeye fan, going to many football games over the years.

Gwen will be missed by her daughters, Kathleen Dougherty of Johnston and Justine Dougherty of Des Moines. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Dougherty, her parents, and a dear sister, Lucille Harris.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Drake University College of Arts and Sciences.

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Visitation
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Cemetery
Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery
1 Northeast 60th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery
1 Northeast 60th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM