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Dorothy Thomas

Posted September 08, 2014 in Obituaries, Urbandale

June 19, 1921- September 3, 2014

Dorothy Thomas

Dorothy Thomas

Dorothy Harriett (Goff) Thomas, 93, passed away Wednesday September 3, 2014 from congestive heart failure at Heritage Court Assisted Living Center in West Des Moines.

Dorothy was born June 19, 1921 in St.Paul, Minnesota to Frank and Louisa Goff. Dorothy’s family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, when she was seven years old. Raised on Des Moines’ east side, she attended East High School and was always proud of her East Des Moines heritage. She married Harold A. (Tommy) Thomas on February 29, 1944. They settled in Des Moines after his military service and raised three children, Lona, Terri, and Dana. Harold passed away in 1967. Prior to her retirement in 1986, Dorothy was employed by AMF Western International. Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents and three brothers, George, Walter and Robert Goff. Survivors include her children, Lona (William) Love, Terri (David) Klemm, and Dana (Linda) Thomas; seven grandchildren, Jaime (Amy) Ridgway, Nicole (Andre) Merrett, Lindsey (Dustin) Kralk, Natalie Thomas, Jennifer (Ryan) Frier, Andrea Love, Ryan (Brittany) McMichael; and 11 great-grandchildren Amanda and Tim Ridgway, Anna and Reese Merrett, Kaiya and Teegan Kralik, Colin and Katelyn Frier, Ella and Caden James, and Scarlett McMichael. Dorothy is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their love and gratitude to the compassionate care-givers of Heritage Court and St. Jude Hospice for the comfort and support they provided in Dorothy’s final days.

Services for Dorothy will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 9 at Lutheran Church of Hope with visitation held one hour prior at 10 a.m. A private burial service will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Iowa Commission for the Blind or St. Jude Hospice.

Information provided by:
Merle Hay Funeral Home
4400 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

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