|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1889|
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 1914|
A number of relatives of the Dorsey family have been in Keokuk during the past week, called here by the death and burial of Mrs. Bertha Wheeler Dorsey, wife of Dr. F. B. Dorsey, Jr., who passed away suddenly Wednesday.
Among those from out of town were Judge and Mrs. O. D. Wheeler of Council Bluffs; Miss Gerturde Wheeler of Oberlin college, Oberlin, O., Senator C. G. Saunders of Council Bluffs, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Maybouer, of Mr. Vernon, Iowa, Mrs. O. N. Thompson and Miss Mary Thompson of Breckenridge, Mo., Miss Adella Thompson of Gallatin, Mo., and C. P. and Miss Luella Dorsey of Braymer, Mo.
Funeral service for Mrs. Dorsey were held Friday afternoon at the family home, 712 Orleans avenue. May friends gathered at the residence for the obsequies, which were conducted by Rev. Dr. W. H. Neil, pastor of Trinity M. E. church, and Dr. C. S. Cooper of agency, Lowa, a valued and life-long friend of the bereaved family.
Interment was made in the family lot at Oakland cemetery.
Mrs. Dorsey was among Keokuk's popular young matrons, winning an enviable place in the hearts of many friends through her activities in church and social life, including the Country club and P. E. O., during her residence here of a little more than two years.
Council Bluffs was her native city and her home until the summer of 1912. Her parents, Judge Orville Dewey Wheeler and Mrs. Helen McCune Wheeler were amng the prominent residents of that city. Her birth was on march 12, 1889.
Prominent in Unversity
Miss Wheeler graduated from the Council Bluffs high school in the spring of 1907 and the fall of the same year entered the collegiate department of the University of Iowa, where for two years she took a leadng place in class work and the sorority chapter of the Greek society, Pi Beta Phi.
A friendship formed while Miss Wheeler and Dr. Dorsey were university students - the latter in the medical department -ripened into love and reached a hippy culminaton in their marriag 26, June 1912, at the home of Judge and Mrs. Wheeler in Council Bluffs.
Shortly after their marriage, Dr. and Mrs. Dorsey took up their residence in Keokuk, building a home at 709 Orleans avenue. On September 26, last they were blessed in the birth of a daughter, Helen. Health attend the mother and child and happiness was supreme in the family circle until Octobe 14, when at about 12:30 p.m. Mrs. dorsey was without warning, stricken with heart trouble while sitting in her chair and almost instantly expired despit prompt attention of physicians and nurses, whose earnest efforts to save her life were unavailing.
Life-Long Church Member
During the greater part of her life, Mrs. Dorsey was a membe of the M. E. chrch with which she united in early girlhood, holding membership n council Bluffs until she moved to Keokuk, since which time she has been identified with the Trinity church here, and the sweetness and beauty of her christian life come to the family in consolation at this time, assuaging their sorrow in this hour of deep calamity in the assurance of an eternity of peace into which she has entered.
Mr.s Dorey was a woman of rare charm and grace and her life was an inspriation and blessing to her friends, both in he recent and former home and their deep sorrow at her death was attested by the mahy and beautiful floral offerings and the kindly messages of sympathy.
(ref: The Daily Gate City, Keokuk, IA, Oct 18 1914, Image 8, http:/chroniclingamerica.loc.gov)
Plot: Block 30
Created by: Thomas
Record added: Jul 19, 2013
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