MOUNT PLEASANT- Imogene Dorsey, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Arbor Court in Mt. Pleasant following a brief illness.
Imogene was born October 5, 1932, in Henry County, Iowa, the daughter of Hamner and Sylvia (Litton) Bailey. She graduated from Salem High School in 1950. She worked for Champion Spark Plug in Burlington for 20 years. Imogene was united in marriage to Rev. Harold Dorsey on July 23, 1977 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They made their home in Ohio and Iowa while Harold pastored at a few different churches. They settled back in Mt. Pleasant and were members of the Salem Congregational Church, where Harold was a pastor. Imogene enjoyed baking, quilting and tending to her flower gardens. She won many blue ribbons for her pies and quilts at county fairs. All of her children and grandchildren were gifted with beautiful handstitched quilts made by her. She was a former member of the Legion Auxiliary. Imogene loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Imogene is survived by her children; Robert (Eileen) Barnett of Salem, James Barnett of Rome and Judy Epperheimer of Selah, WA; 8 grandchildren Ryan (Heather) Barnett, Monica (John) Newton, Phillip (Judy) Barnett, Nick Barnett, Crystal Hopper, Tiffany Barnett, Cassondra Epperheimer, Scott Epperheimer, 16 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold, 3 brothers; Merald, Lawrence and Gary Bailey, 3 sisters; Buelah Goldsmith, Ruth Hesseltine, and Louva Pickard.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Salem Congregational Church in Salem, Iowa. Pastor Aaron Helterbran will officiate. Burial will follow at the Salem East Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 1:00-7:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00-7:00 pm. A memorial fund has been established for Salem Congregational Church and Samaritan's Purse. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel at P.O. Box 656 Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641. The service will be livestreamed on Powell Funeral Homes Facebook page and at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.
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We are sending our condolences to Imogene's family for their loss. Sincerely,
UAW Local 1237 Champion Spark Plug Retirees Chapter
My heart is so sad for Imogene’s loving family who are hurting today, but also rejoicing for her journey forward into the arms of Jesus & a sweet reunion with Uncle Harold! My fondest memory is the discovery of one of her love languages...we’d often swap cooking stories in the kitchen. She was a great cook (I am not). I’d share a favorite food of mine & it would mysteriously be part of the menu sometime during our visit. It was alway a delight to see my Mom & her brother together and great competitive fun partnering with Ima against them playing card games. Miss her and so wish the “times” would have allowed us to be there! Our hearts & prayers are with you all. —Terry Dietrich
Imogene was a good neighbor. We really missed her when she sold her house and moved to Silver Palms. We are sorry that we couldn't visit her more because of the COVID 19. Larry and Sally Vickroy
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