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Dorothy Lorraine Sorden

July 27, 1915 — March 30, 2019

Webster- Dorothy Lorraine Barker a daughter of Charles Melburn and Daisy Hill Barker was born near Millersburg, Iowa on July 27, 1915. She passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the English Valley Care Center, at the age of 103 years.

She was one of a family of six children. Dorothy attended and graduated from Millersburg Consolidated Schools and attended Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa for two years and taught rural school in Iowa County for two years.

She was married to George Lyman Sorden Sr. in San Diego, California on June 15, 1936. They became the parents of two children, Donna Lee and George Lyman, Jr (Bud).

The family returned to Webster, Iowa in 1939 where except for a year during WWII, when they lived in Albuquerque, they spent their lives, until 2009 when Dorothy moved to Valley View Assisted Living in North English, then to English Valley Care Center in 2014.

Dorothy was a member of the Webster United Methodist Church, the Webster United Methodist Women and the Past Matron's of Rosalind Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.

Outside of her family and home, her greatest joy was gardening and caring for her flowers. She loved to share her flowers and she was happiest when she was "digging in the dirt." She shared her husband's liking to fish and spent many happy times on the lake in Canada.

She was preceded in death by her husband George on December 7, 2001, Son George L. Jr. (Bud) November 6, 2013 her parents two sisters, three brothers and seven grandchildren. She is survived by a daughter, Donna Gent and husband Raymond, daughter-in-law Elaine Sorden, eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and fifteen great, great grandchildren.

Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the Webster United Methodist Church in Webster. Rev. Dr. Charles Klink will officiate. Burial will be in the Sorden Cemetery near Webster. Visitation will be on Monday, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in North English. Memorials are for the Webster United Methodist Church. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com

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Monday, April 1, 2019

4:00 - 7:00pm

Powell Funeral Home - North English

116 W Broad St, North English, IA 52316

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Starts at 10:30am

Webster United Methodist Church

203 Main St, Webster, IA 52355

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