Dorthy Poole

By Ellis Codjoe, January 15, 2019

Dorothy Elizabeth Poole, age 97, of Centerville, Iowa, formerly of Ottumwa, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 12, 2019, surrounded by her family, at Centerville Specialty Care.

Dorothy was born on January 11, 1922 in Ida Grove, the daughter of Jon and Stella (Zimmerman) Broshuis.  She graduated from Ida Grove High School.  She was united in marriage to Raymond Poole, and to this union, three children were born, Patricia, Jim and Mike.

Dorothy worked at S.S. Kresge in Ottumwa for 15 years.  Later, she worked as the Office Manager at Kmart in Ottumwa for 28 years, until her retirement.

Dorothy enjoyed her 1970 Mustang very much.  She also loved camping, flowers, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She was a member of the Drake Avenue Christian Church in Centerville.

Left to cherish Dorothy’s memory are her children, Jim (Beckie) Poole and Patricia (Ray) Bennett; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Angie) Poole, Mary (Micah) Baird, Raymond (Jana) Bennett, Matthew (Stacy) Bennett, Megan (Todd) Grooms, Libby (Matt) Ehmke, and Lucy (Justin) Poole; sixteen great grandchildren, Lauren Poole, Matthew Poole, Hunter Poole, Ayah Baird, Emerson Bennett, Grayson Bennett, Leo Bennett, Oliver Bennett, Madeline Bennett, Ben Ehmke, Sam Ehmke, Macy Grooms, Elizabeth Grooms, Jackson Grooms, Lennox Jennings, and Mya Jennings.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Poole; her parents, Jon and Stella Broshuis; a son, Mike Poole; and a brother, Raymond Broshuis.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Brian Hargrave officiating.  A Visitation will take place, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 10:00AM-11:00AM.  Burial will be held at a later date in the Shaul Cemetery, Ottumwa.  Memorials have been established to either EveryStep Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at

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