Dorothy Ansdell was born March 8, 1920, in Manhattan, Kan., the daughter of George and Louise (Walbridge) Ansdell. She moved with her parents to various locations in Kansas and Missouri until she enrolled in the University of Kansas. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in education, she taught business and typing for a number of years in the Goff and Peabody school systems in Kansas and the Torrington school system in Wyoming.
During World War II she spent her summers working in the personnel department at the Sioux Ordnance Depot in western Nebraska.
In 1947 Dorothy went to work for IBM in Kansas City, Mo., and was eventually transferred to IBM's office in Sioux Falls, S.D. While doing weekend volunteer work at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, she met Oliver "Butch" Albright of Le Mars and after a brief courtship they were married on July 31, 1953, in Worthington, Minn.
Settling in Le Mars Dorothy worked as a legal secretary at the Dull Law Firm (later Murphy, Collins & Bixenman P.L.C.) until her first son, John, was born and again after her second son, Jim, started school.
After retiring in 1983, Dorothy and Butch began spending their winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
Since 2009 she has resided at the Plymouth Manor in Le Mars.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Le Mars, Alamo Community Church in Alamo, Texas, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Business and Professional Women's Foundation and the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.
She enjoyed reading, writing letters, playing cards and conversing with her many friends and acquaintances.
Survivors include two sons and their wives, John and Susan, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Jim and Jackie, of North Mankato, Minn.; a grandson, Michael and his wife Kristin of Eagle Lake, Minn.; a granddaughter, Megan of North Mankato, Minn.; a great-granddaughter, Addison of Eagle Lake, Minn.; two sisters, Jane Jones of Des Moines, Wash., and Carolyn Clark of Yates Center, Kan.; and a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver "Butch" Albright, of Le Mars, and her parents, George and Louise Ansdell of Sterling, Colo.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Carlsen Funeral Home with the Rev. John Battern of the United Methodist Church of Le Mars, officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 23, at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will continue Tuesday from noon until service time at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be expressed through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.