Dorothy Brashears

Dorothy Irene Brashears, 95, of Alta, passed away peacefully at her residence at Welcov in Alta on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 5, at United Methodist Church in Alta. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery in Alta with full military rites by the Alta VFW. Memorials may be made in Dorothy’s name to Unity Point Hospice in Storm Lake. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Alta was in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy was born on Nov. 2, 1921 in Central City to Fred Egger and Lena (Boss) Egger. Dorothy was nicknamed “Dot” by her family and friends, and was known to all as a gentle, kind and loving soul.

Dorothy grew up on a farm in Iowa and attended a one-room rural school at Jordon’s Grove. After graduating from high school, Dorothy earned a Business Degree at the Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines.

In 1943, during World War II, Dorothy enlisted in the Waves of the United States Navy. She attended boot camp at Hunter College in New York City and Yeoman’s School in Stillwater, Okla. She was stationed at Norfolk, Va.  Naval Base where she worked at the Torpedo School. Dorothy remained there until her discharge in the spring of 1945. She was very proud of her service to her country. 

It was at the Naval Base Library in Norfolk where Dorothy met the love of her life, Leroy Martain Brashears from Baltimore, Md. They were married in their Navy uniforms at the chapel on the Naval Base in Norfolk on Feb. 9, 1945, and settled into their first home in Waubeek. Together, they were blessed with four children: Nancy, Patricia, Jeffrey and Steven. In 1976, they relocated to Alta where she lived the remainder of her life.

Dorothy and Leroy shared a love of traveling. Throughout their 72½ years of marriage, they travelled to all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, and 42 countries. She had a passion for reading, jigsaw puzzles and exercising. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing Bingo and cards, especially Bridge. Dorothy enjoyed volunteering in her church, school and many other community organizations. Dorothy treasured spending time with her family and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Leroy Brashears of Alta; children: Nancy Brashears of Los Angeles, Calif.; Patricia (Doug) Hatch of Menasha, Wis.; Steve (Terry) Brashears of Storm Lake; grandchildren: Michael Brashears (fiancé, Elizabeth); Danel (Frank) Burchby; Nathan (Amy) Hatch; Ali Brashears (fiancé, Austin); Jared (Melanie) Brashears; Zachary Brashears; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Paul Egger; brother-in-law, Dean LeClere and extended family and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Brashears; sisters, Ruth Boyse and Maxine LeClere; brother-in-law, Keith Boyse and sister-in-law, Shirley Egger.