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Dorothty Mueller

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

PERRY, Iowa -- Dorothy Mueller, 84, of Perry, and a former Le Mars resident, died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

Dorothy Karns Shivvers Mueller was born April 11, 1921, in Pleasantville. She was later adopted into the family of Ralph W. and Nell Shivvers, who lived five miles west of Knoxville. She attended Lincoln Township grade school and graduated from Knoxville High School. Dorothy attended Simpson College, where she was inducted into the Tri-Delta Sorority in 1940. She received a two-year teacher certificate of graduation in 1941, and taught kindergarten in Melcher-Dallas for one year before marrying Ernest William Mueller II, on June 5, 1942. Ernest was an agriculture major at Iowa State College and a lab technician at the station hospital at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.

After World War II, Dorothy and Ernest farmed west of Knoxville and started their family of three children. In 1957 as Ernie started a very successful career as a feed salesman, and the Muellers moved to Perry. Dorothy resumed her teaching career in 1962 in the Woodward-Granger school system. She taught third and fourth grade until 1967 when the family moved to Le Mars. Dorothy taught in the parochial grade school in Oyens, from 1967 to 1970. From 1970 to 1973 Dorothy worked part time as an administrative assistant at Westmar College. After her husband, Ernie, died in 1988, Dorothy moved back to Perry.

Dorothy's hobbies were sewing, interior decorating and flower gardening. Her creativity was always evident in her lively conversation and wonderful sense of humor.

She demonstrated courage throughout her life and especially through her two-year struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

Survivors include three children, E. William Mueller III and his wife Karol of Perry, Maribeth and husband Bill Trueblood of Geneva, Ill., and Lori Ann Erickson of Sycamore, Ill.; her grandchildren, Brian Mueller, Tony Mueller, Mark Trueblood and Adam Erickson; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Lincoln Township Cemetery at Knoxville. Visitation will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present to greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home, 1721 Park St., in Perry.

Contributions can be given to the Mercy Hospice in Johnston and the Muscular Dystrophy Association and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home.