KEOTA-Dorothy Schwab, age 80, of Keota, died Monday, January 8, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Dorothy was born July 26, 1937, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, to Henry and Georgia (Barnett) Ellis and grew up in the Wellman and Keota communities. On October 22, 1955, she married Clement "Jerry" Schwab in North Liberty. The couple lived in Germany twice and Texas twice while Jerry served in the U.S. Army before moving to Keota in 1973. Dorothy was an assistant dietician at Maplewood Manor in Keota for many years. She also volunteered at Maplewood . Dorothy enjoyed buying and placing flags at the cemetery and making sure stray animals have found a home.
Survivors include eight siblings: Barbara Gore of Manning, Larry Ellis of Keota, Sally Snow of Keota, Mildred Yoder of Wellman, Terry Ellis of West Chester, Donna Baker of Fremont, Nebraska, Beverly Butner of Fremont, Nebraska and Richard Ellis of Keota. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Jerry and brother: Dennis "Butch" Ellis.
Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Powell Funeral Home in Keota, with Pastor Vince Homan officiating. Burial will be at Keota Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established for the Keota VFW Auxiliary or Paws & More Animal Shelter in Washington. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Keota is caring for Dorothy and her family. Tributes may be made at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.
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