PELLA — Dorothy Grubb, 91, of Pella, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at the Pella Hospice Comfort House, in Pella.
She was born Dec. 21, 1922, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Earl and Elizabeth Elsloo Thompson. She graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City with the class of 1939. Early on, Dorothy worked at an ice cream shop and later a dry goods store in Kansas City. She and her mother moved to Oskaloosa and she went to work for Woolworth five and dime. It was while working there that she met John B. Grubb, the two them were married on June 15, 1941, at Lancaster, Mo. Following their marriage they moved to the Grubb Family Farm near Barnes City. Dorothy learned to be a farm wife from her mother-in-law Zena. She was always busy in and around the house. She had a large garden, strawberry patch, fruit trees and chickens. She stayed busy canning and freezing what she had raised. True to her hospitable ways, Dorothy always prepared plenty of food and goodies for the people working on the farm. Cooking and baking were two of her talents, everyone in her family had a favorite dish that she would prepare. She did her best to pass down her passion for caring for her family to future generations. Dorothy and John lived on the Grubb home place near Barnes City for over 59 years before moving to Pella in 2000. John died on March 10, 2004. Dorothy was a very talented seamstress, she made much of her family’s clothing, she also made many of John’s suits, her daughter and her daughter in law’s wedding dresses. She was mending articles of clothing and sewing in November of this year. Dorothy was a very active member of the Christian Church, first they were active members of the Indianapolis Christian Church and later transferred their membership to First Christian Church in Oskaloosa. Dorothy was a very active member of the church, she sang for many years, helped with Sunday School, Bible School, and served many meals at the church for various functions. She was also very good about staying in touch with family and friends through cards and letters, she never missed an opportunity to send a card or note. Dorothy also always enjoyed finding a great deal on items that she needed.
Her family includes her two children and their spouses, Kathy and Gerben Veenstra, of Pella, and Bill and Ginger Grubb, of Barnes City, Iowa; three grandchildren, Renee (and Mark) McCulley, Deanna (and Joel) Arkema and Samantha Grubb (and Ezekiel Howell); four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Sydney McCulley and Liam and Elly Arkema; a half-sister, Rita (and Bob) Hockenhull, of St. Louis, Mo.; three sisters-in-law, Twila Grubb, of Muskegon, Mich., Harriet (and Jim) Piersel, of Loveland Colo., and Mildred Borts, of Mingo; a brother-in-law, Mayo Grubb, of Oskaloosa; two step sisters, Esther DePrenger, of Chicago, Ill., and Martha Veldhuizen, of Oskaloosa; two step brothers, Elmer (and Carolyn) Veldhuizen, of Oskaloosa, and Wayne (and Leona) Veldhuizen, of Leighton.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Jeffrey Veenstra; and a granddaughter, Melissa “Missy” Grubb.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Mike Omundson officiating. Burial will be in the Indianapolis Cemetery near What Cheer. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Friday after 12 p.m. and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 6-7:30 Friday evening to greet friends and relatives. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Indianapolis Cemetery or Oskaloosa First Christian Church.