Dorothy J. "Dottie" Harrison, 92, of Marshalltown, IA, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Marshalltown. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018, also at St. Henry's Catholic Church. Memorials may be directed to Iowa River Hospice and St. Henry's Catholic Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com
Dottie was born July 20, 1925, to George and Grace (Truax) Smith in Marshalltown. She was raised in Marshalltown and graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School in 1944 where she was a cheerleader, majorette, twirled the baton, and played basketball. Dottie married Edmund Wendell (Wink) Harrison on June 7, 1944, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marshalltown, where they lived and raised their six children. She was a stay at home wife/mother, primarily working on the farm. Dottie was very active in her children's activities, including being a Boy Scout Troop leader. She helped her mother in her Merle Norman shop from time to time and when the children were older, she worked at the Surplus Supply Store. Dottie enjoyed spending time with family, playing cards, traveling, staying very busy and active. She most recently resided at the Embers where she enjoyed time with friends, swimming, playing bridge, cribbage, bingo, playing in the kitchen band, watching movies and especially raising her monarch butterflies. She also belonged to the Red Hat and RSVP clubs over the years.
Dottie is survived by her children: Robert Harrison (Linda Moody), Theresa Anson (Bob), Mark Harrison (Jeanne), David Harrison (Michelle), Mary Knox (Doug); 13 grandchildren: Jill Jones (Harold), Jason Harrison, Joey Harrison, Chad Anson, Jenny Anson, Ryan (Amber) Harrison, CJ (Emily) Harrison, Kelly (Greg) Dollmeyer, Tyler (Holly) Harrison, Melissa (Jeff) Hochuli, Jared Harrison, Angela (Jake) Pelham, and Amanda (Craig) Manatt; 24 great grandchildren and two on the way; her sister, Mary Ann Hilderbrand; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceding Dottie in death were her husband, E.W. "Wink" Harrison; a son, Michael Harrison; a daughter-in-law, Chris Harrison; as well as her parents, George and Grace Smith, and her brother, George Smith Jr.
5 people have supported the family by purchasing them flowers or gifts from the Healing Registry.
Buy Gift Now
I am so very sorry I didn't know this until now. Dottie was my mother's friend, and my former client. She was always very sweet to me. May you Rest in the Peace of God's arms and among all those so loved waiting there for you!!
Deepest sympathy to your family. My Mom, Barb Prusha and Dottie were very good friend at the Embers. When I would go visit and eat lunch with Mom I always enjoyed Dottie's fun personality. Patty (Prusha) Severson
Our deepest sympathy to you Mary at this difficult time. You were one of Kim's best friends and part of our family. We are thinking about you and our heart goes out to you and your family. Prayer for comfort from the entire Lepird family. Hugs, Marty Lepird.
Rob and family , We are so sorry to hear of Dottie's passing . My dad lost a very dear friend and wanted me to let you know she will be greatly misssd . She was a great dance partner in their early years . May God bless you all and we will keep you in our prayers 🙏
The Pete MENZEL family and Vicky
Mark, Jeanne and family,
We are so sorry for your loss, My God hold you all close in this sad time of need.
Friends, Robbie and Ed Meester
To the Harrison family, especially Mark, David, and Mary - we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Randy and Karen Frohwein
I always remember going to Harrison's for spaghetti and meatballs she was a good cook young boys always hungry . Remember also playing golf with her at embers, we were lucky enough to win and she was excited miss her Pat Elwood
Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She was a wonderful lady whose friendship my grandma Joyce enjoyed at the Embers. She will be missed! Many thoughts and prayers at this difficult time ~ Celeste Luense
Sorry to read about your families loss, God bless. David and Doug
This is one fine lady that will be missed by family and her many friends at The Embers, where she played putt-putt-, bingo, and collected butterfly eggs and watched them come out as full adults and released in the Butterfly Garden here at The Embers. God will take came of you Dottie!! Robert & Bonnie Christensen
PhotosAdd a photo
Have a floral question? Call +1 888-640-1035
Healing Registry Unavailable at the Moment!