Dorothy Rees

Dorothy Elizabeth Rees (Offenhauser)

Wednesday, August 31st, 1921 - Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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The world is your oyster and she was our Pearl..

Dorothy Elizabeth Rees, age 99 of Greeley passed away
peacefully on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 at Columbine
West Health and Rehab Facility in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Dorothy was born on August 31st, 1921 in Dallas Center, Iowa.
Her parents Harry and Sadie Offenhauser preceded her in death
as did her husband Gail and brother Buddy Offenhauser and
sister Maye Paysen. Dorothy graduated from Dallas Center
High School in 1939 where her class motto was “The Elevator to
Success is not Running- Take the Stairs.” She married Gail
George Rees on September 22, 1940 and lived in Dallas Center.
In 1958 they moved to Keenesburg, Colorado where they
managed a poultry farm and then moved to Schuyler,
Nebraska. In their retirement they managed apartments in
Tucson, Arizona until finally settling in Greeley Colorado.

Dorothy loved to travel and go on rides up to Estes Park to
watch the Elk and see the aspen change color. She enjoyed
reading, crocheting, caring for her loyal cat companion Duffy,
watching the Colorado Rockies games and her favorite football
team the Pittsburg Steelers. Go Steelers! As she got older she
enjoyed strolling through the neighborhood chatting with her
beloved neighbor friends. At the encouragement of her older
sister she even dabbled at poetry writing, “At times my mind
seems to draw blanks. It usually returns for which I give thanks.
For a while I think I’ll leave rhyming alone, while I rest my mind
I’ll resort to the phone.”

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Karan Jakel of Estes Park,
Colorado and four sons, Gail Rees Jr. (Sharon) of Grimes, Iowa,
Richard Rees (Pam) of Schuyler, Nebraska, Ted Rees (Candice)
of Coolidge, Arizona, and John Rees (Cindy) of Fort Myers,
Florida. She also leaves behind numerous Grandchildren, Great
grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was blessed to have received the gift of a long life’s
journey, learning something new every day and making people
laugh and smile.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Brethren
Cemetery in Dallas Center, Iowa.
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