Dorothy Belden, age 100, of Boone, formerly of Minburn, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Westhaven Community in Boone.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Minburn United Methodist Church located at 705 Chestnut Street in Minburn with Rev. Chris Decious officiating.
Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in Minburn.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 24, at the Minburn United Methodist Church from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M.
Dorothy Eleanor Smith was born on July 5, 1912 in Minburn to Porter and Ethel Smith of rural Minburn.
Dorothy attended Minburn public schools through 11th grade.
On June 26, 1929, she married Henry Belden of rural Minburn. They were life-long partners until Henry’s death in 1992. She and her family moved to different communities and lived in Dayton from 1956-1966 before moving back to Minburn to retire. During her earlier years, Dorothy was a homemaker and devoted her time to working on the farm and raising their four children. Later, she worked at the Dekalb Seed farm in Dayton, JCPenney’s in Fort Dodge, and the State Hospital in Woodward until her retirement. In her retirement, Dorothy was an avid gardener and loved to entertain at her home in rural Minburn. She was most happy when she was surrounded by her family and friends.
Dorothy’s faith and church family were very important to her too. She loved to volunteer for her church and was a long-time member of the Minburn United Methodist Church.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Edward, her husband Henry, a son Stanley of Polk City and a grand-daughter Cynthia (Belden) Kilgore of Minnesota.
Dorothy is survived by a brother Harold Smith of Queen Valley, Arizona; three children, Linda and her husband Gene Olson of Boone, Leland and his wife Elizabeth Belden of Alburnett, Iowa, Nancy and her husband Mac McCubbin of Liberty, Missouri; a daughter-in-law Fern Belden of Polk City; and 10 grand children, 21 great-grand children, 11 great-great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews.
In memory of Dorothy, memorials may be given to the Minburn United Methodist Church.
Walter ~ Schroeder Funeral Home located at Fifth & Story Streets in Boone is handling the arrangements.