Dorothy E. Richardson, 97, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a brief illness. Private family services will be held at graveside in Oakwood Cemetery.
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Dorothy Ellen Bader was born March 23, 1919, at Monticello, Iowa, the daughter of John and Ruby Ely Bader. Dorothy graduated with the class of 1936 from Monticello Community Schools. She worked at Reliance Shirt Factory in Anamosa for several years. Dorothy married Floyd Richardson on Dec. 18, 1936, at Golden Prairie Church near Ryan, Iowa. She was a farm wife for six years in the Golden area.
Dorothy then started a 30-year career with Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. After living in Cedar Rapids and Anamosa, Dorothy and Floyd retired to Mesa, Ariz., in 1983. Floyd preceded her in death on Sept. 14, 1986, after nearly 50 years of marriage. Dorothy continued to live in Mesa until 2008 when she moved back to Monticello at the age of 89.
Dorothy and Floyd square danced with the Anamosa Circle J Square Dance club for many years and also round danced as well. They continued this hobby after moving to Arizona. After Floyd's death, Dorothy traveled and took numerous cruises. She also keep busy volunteering.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Earl Sherman; her husband; a sister, Jane Reid; a brother, Leonard (Hub) Bader; and two half brothers, Merle and Isidore Bader. She also is survived by two half brothers, Donna (Al) Rieber and Marjorie (Vernon) Kackman, both of Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Pennington Square and Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their care and compassion over the last three years. They also would like to thank the staff at Above and Beyond Hospice for their help, care and comfort for Dorothy during the last few