Dorothy Rose (Crooks) Kaiser, the daughter of Alfred O. and Rosabell (Rowland) Crooks, was born on a farm near Primghar, July 8, 1914. After two years, she and her family moved to a farm east of Spirit Lake. Dorothy attended a country school and later graduated from Spirit Lake High School.
She earned her teaching degree at Mankato State, and received her tuition free if she promised to teach in Minnesota, which she did. She later earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern College.
Dorothy was united in marriage to Harry H. Kaiser Aug. 25, 1948. The couple lived in the Archer community throughout their married life. They were blessed with the adoption of a daughter, Joyce. After Harry died Jan. 5, 2003, Dorothy remained in her own home in Archer until just two weeks before her death.
Dorothy first taught in country schools, and then in Archer, Worthington, Minn., Cheyenne, Wyo., and Sheldon.
She joined the United Methodist Church at a young age, and had been a faithful member ever since. She served as an officer for the local UMW as well as for the District and Conference UMW. She taught Sunday school for more than 70 years.
Family was very important to Dorothy. Her many years of teaching were a testament of her love for children. She never stopped trying to bring others to Christ -- especially children.
She enjoyed dressing up dolls and making lap robes and pajamas for the children of Aid of Siouxland. She collected cups and saucers. She had a special place in her heart for the Hospice of Sheldon workers. She enjoyed their company and very much appreciated their kindness.
Dorothy will be remembered as a loving mother and a very caring person.
She is survived by her daughter Joyce Kaiser of LeMars; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Vernon and Bernice Kaiser; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at United Methodist Church in Archer with the Rev. Doris Lindley officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Primghar. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn, Iowa.
Pallbearers will be Dave DeKok, Scott DeKok, Jeff DeKok, Steve DeKok, Ben Grimmius and John Crooks.