In Memory of

Dorothy A. Wilkie

July 3, 1934 - January 28, 2014
Dorothy Ann (Rasmussen) Wilkie, the daughter of Arthur and Ruth (Evans) Rasmussen, was born on July 3, 1934, in Kingsley, IA. She grew up in nearby Grand Meadow and graduated Valedictorian of her high school senior class. She married John Wilkie on May 3, 1954, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. They made their home on the Wilkie family farm near Larrabee, IA. Dorothy helped Johnny raise cattle and harvest crops, all while raising their 4 children. She loved life on the farm more than anything. John passed away on June 2, 1992. Dorothy continued living on the farm until she moved to The Gardens Assisted Living in Cherokee in October of 2010. She began working at Hope's Fashion Farm in Cherokee in 1960. She started as a seamstress, and once made a wedding gown and 4 bridesmaid dresses for a bride. She was then moved to sales, and eventually became the office manager. She was also a buyer for the store, traveling to New York City, Chicago and Kansas City with Hope and on her own. She had impeccable style and taste, which was reflected in her home and her personal self. In 1976 she opened C&D Bookkeeping with her sister, Chris. They purchased the H&R Block franchise in Cherokee in 1984, and operated it until 2005, when the business was sold upon Dorothy's retirement. She enjoyed traveling with Johnny, playing golf, bridge and slot machines, and coffee time with friends. Her true passion was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the loves of her life. In the past few years of her life, Dorothy struggled so much with her disease. She never complained--never. Her positive attitude and the twinkle in her eyes inspired everyone around her, and taught us all the true meaning of selflessness. Her quick sense of humor remained with her until the day she went to meet her Lord. Following a courageous 5-year battle with emphysema and cancer, Dorothy passed away under Hospice care on January 28, 2014, at The Gardens Assisted Living in Cherokee, IA. She was 79. Preceding her in death were her parents, Arthur and Ruth, her husband, John, and brother, Chris Rasmussen. Survivors include her 4 children: Barry (Mary Ellen) Wilkie of Lakewood, CO, Randy (Melissa) Wilkie of Larrabee, IA, Lora (Dr. Tim) Holton, Dakota Dunes, SD, and Wade (Kim) Wilkie of Carroll, IA; 8 grandchildren: Jessica and Alec Wilkie, Paige and Haley Holton, Jarret and Jenna Wilkie, Kylie and Sam Wilkie; 2 great-grandchildren, Karsyn and Hendrick; 2 sisters, Mary (Ted) Liebsch of Grand Marais, MN, and Christine (Chris) Miller of Cherokee, IA. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dorothy's name may be directed to Hospice of Cherokee.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2014 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church at 531 W. Main St. in Cherokee.
Pastor Ryan Gallegos will be officiating.
Valdene Koch Wayne Stewart Mark Miller Matt Miller Scott Wilkie Darrel Paulsen
Visitation will be AT THE CHURCH beginning at 2:00 p.m. Thursday. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening.
Soloist-Darrin Kozak 'Amazing Grace' 'The Lord's Prayer' 'Til I See You Again' Recorded solo by Pastor Magrey deVega 'In the Garden'
Burial will be at Cedar Cemetery near Larrabee, IA.


Monday, May 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Laura, I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I have good memories of her at Hope's Fashion Farm. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerely, Dan A. Zembsch”
- Dan A. Zembsch
Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Dorothy was such a classy lady, & I remember always laughing when we were with her. She was one of my mom's very best friends for years. Our love to all of her family & friends.”
- Susie (Ohlson) & Mike Wilson
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My condolences to all of Dorothy's family. I worked with Dorothy for many years at Hope's. She was a great person and I'll always think of her fondly. Nancy Nadolski”
- Nancy Nadolski
Monday, February 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Some of my fondest memories are all about Hope's Fashion Farm and of course Dorothy. She ran that office like it was her own and always cared about all of us. She was a great lady and also a friend
- Nancy M Nadolski
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in all of your memories of your times together. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Wanted to express our sympathy to Dorothy's family. My grandparents, Bill and Evalyn Pease enjoyed visiting with her and reminiscing about Grand Meadow. Our prayers are with you all.”
- Karmen M. Hodgdon
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Deepest sympathy to Dorothy's family, She was always such a pleasant lady. ”
- Darlene Tesch
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest Sympathy goes out to all of Dorothy's family. To Laura and family, especially to you Laura, as your former elematary 2nd grade teacher (Larrabee, IA), my sympathy goes out to you in the loss of your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law and friend. Also little did I know that we are related through marriage, as my aunt Ruth was a cousin to your mom,(on my my Mom's side of the family) Take care and blessing to all of you. Mary Jo Carnine :-) ”
- Mary Jo Carnine
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Tim, Lora, Paige & Hayley and all the Wilkie are in our thoughts and, Big D and Cherie”
- Denny Holton
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I am saddened to hear of Dorothy's passing. She was a great lady and will be missed. I had the honor of working for her and Christine for approximately 10 years. She was just an amazing boss and friend. My sympathies and prayers to the family.
- Vicki J (Curtis) Joines
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