Dorothy Groves, 1923 – 2018

Services were held May 11 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson for Dorothy Lucille Groves, 95, of Rippey.

The Rev Paul Burrow, pastor of the Rippey Methodist Church, offered words of comfort. Danille Curtis was soloist. Honorary bearers were Brenda Slight, Deb Lindgren, Theresa Boettcher, Sharon Larson, Renee Thornburg, Jeremy Erickson, Regina Dearth and Caroline Erickson.

Casket bearers were  Mike Slight, Jeff Lindgren, Brad Boettcher, Charlie Larson, Justin Groves, Tyler Dearth and Ritchie Thornburg. Interment was at the Rippey Cemetery.

Dorothy (Rice) Groves, 95, passed away on May 8, 2018, at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.

Dorothy, the daughter of Harve and Mary (Patterson) Rice, was born in Washington Township, Greene County, on April 15, 1923. She was the youngest of seven children and graduated from the Rippey Consolidated School. She married LaVerne Groves on December 27, 1941. They had three children: Judy, Louise, and Floyd.

Cooking, baking, and playing cards were some of her favorite activities. Her pies, homemade noodles, and casserole were always crowd pleasers. Throughout her life she helped run the family farm as well as working outside of the home at Montgomery Ward in Perry and Des Moines, the Co-op Appliance Store, and Brobst Cafe in Rippey.

She lived on the farm south of Rippey for 30 years before she and LaVerne bought a home in Rippey. Shortly after LaVerne’s passing on December 4, 1993, Dorothy moved to the senior citizens apartments in Rippey where she lived for her remaining 23 years.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters Judy (Ray) Busch of Ogden and Louise Cook of Waukee; son Floyd (Joani) Groves of Rippey; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Harve and Mary (Patterson) Rice; her brothers Floyd Rice, Myron Rice, and Guy Rice; and her sisters Irene Fister, Marvel Todd, and Vera Osweiler.

Memorial contributions will be donated to Grand Junction Fire and Rescue.

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