Dorothy May Keizer was born May 17, 1913, on the family farm in Sioux County, near Alton, the daughter of Peter and Tracy (Sorgdrager) Keizer. Dorothy attended and graduated from Alton High School in 1930. Following high school, Dorothy taught country school for a few years.
Dorothy was united in marriage to Marshall Rees Jan. 1, 1934. She and Marshall had four children: Donna, Marilyn, Sherry, and Claude. The couple farmed for more than 65 years east of Seney.
She worked for Hollander's Department Store and later went to work for Hotopp Jewelry Store in Le Mars for more than 25 years.
Marshall died Jan. 15, 2000. Dorothy continued to live on the farm until 2005 when she moved to Prime Living Apartments. In 2006 she moved to Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
Dorothy was a longtime member of the Seney United Methodist Church where she was the pianist for many years. She had served as secretary for the United Methodist District Conference for several years.
She enjoyed singing with the Sweet Adelines, embroidering and quilting. She had made a quilt for each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved family gatherings at the farm and especially loved watching the children develop their path to adulthood. She was happiest when surrounded by family and friends.
She is survived by her four children: Donna (Neil) Detrick of Gun Barrel City, Texas, Marilyn Wingert of Le Mars, Sherry (Jim) Rees-Campbell of Grand Haven, Mich., and Claude (Gracia) Rees of Greenfield; 10 grandchildren: Kurt (Deb) Detrick, Lynne Detrick, Michelle (Marty) Morehead, Teresa (Scott) Vogelaar, Elizabeth (Keith) Lurvey, Deborah Wingert, Dan (Susan) Campbell, Judi Campbell, Michelle (Ron) Klein, and Scott (Seiko) Rees; 18 great-grandchildren: Kirsten Detrick, Adam Detrick, Alexandra Detrick, Kory Morehead, Lauren Morehead, Tyler Gengler, Thomas John Gengler, Tiffany Gengler, Kimberly Wingert, Devin Stark, Heather Lurvey, Jacob Lurvey, Ashley (Toby) Liedel, Andrew Campbell, Sean Klein, Nathan Klein, Shayla Rees, and Justin Rees; four great-great-grandchildren: Emma Gengler, Samantha Gengler, Tayden Gengler, and Tanner Gengler; a brother, Lewis (Fern) Keizer of Yankton, S.D.; and a special friend, Phyliss Masters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall; her parents; a sister, Ethel (Jerry) Noack; a niece, LoRae (Noack) Craun; her mother-in-law, Lena Rees; several cousins; and many friends.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Don Nelson of Seney United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery, rural Le Mars. Visitation with the family present to greet friends was after 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation continued Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers were Kurt Detrick, Dan Campbell, Tyler Gengler, T.J. Gengler, Kory Morehead and Scott Vogelaar. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Rees, Andrew Campbell, Adam Detrick, Marty Morehead, Ron Klein and Bill Noack.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.