Dorothy E. Holland

June 27, 1924December 26, 2020

Dorothy E. Holland, age 96, of Collins, Iowa passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Mill Pond Retirement Community in Ankeny, Iowa. Due to Covid-19, a celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2021 at Ankeny Funeral Home, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Collins, Iowa.

Dorothy was born June 27, 1924 to Donald and Marie Titus in the rural Colo, Iowa area. She graduated from Collins High School in 1941 and from there went on to attend AIB Business College. Dorothy married Dick Holland of Collins on December 12, 1947 and together raised four children. They spent their first couple years on a dairy farm in Edgerton, WI. They then moved back to Collins and lived for the next 21 years. Unfortunately, Dick was killed in an automobile accident in 1971. Dorothy was an organist at Collins United Methodist Church in the 60's, belonged to the Order of Eastern Star, and was a member of three bridge clubs. She spent most of her career working for the USDA Disease Laboratory in Ames, until her retirement in 1988.

Dorothy is survived by her four children, Denny of Ankeny, Roger (Dalene) of West Des Moines, Gail (Mike) Hensch of Iowa City, and Marsha of Des Moines; her blessed grandchildren, Capt. Jacob (Becky) Hensch of Pinehurst, NC., Zachary (Tara) Hensch of Tingley Park, IL., Emily Holland (fiancé Dan Flynn) of St. Paul, MN., and Katie Holland of Bloomington, MN.; three great grandchildren and one on the way; her brother, Bob (Alta) Titus of Collins; many nieces, nephews and many great friends.

Any condolences may be sent to Denny at 407 SE Delaware Avenue Unit 105, Ankeny, IA 50021. Memorial contributions may be sent to Collins United Methodist Church or the United Service Organization.


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Nan Thompson

January 7, 2021

My sympathy to family and friends of Dorothy. She was a kind and gentle lady. Rest in peace.

Ralph Rosenberg

January 6, 2021

Please accept my condolences for your loss of Dorothy. I believe I met Dorthy when I worked in the courthouse. Over the years, whenever our paths crossed, she always greeted me in a wonderful, friendly manner. She would light up her face and make me feel so important, even though we did not see each other that often. I would run into Dorothy at Panera's and we would talk about common friends from Eastern Story County. Dorothy's spirit remains.

Carlene Hunter

January 1, 2021

I extend my sincerest sympathy to Dorothy's family. I really enjoyed knowing her as she was a wonderful, classy lady. I first met Dorothy while working at the Vet Services Lab in Ames. Our friendship continued after our retirement when she was invited to join our Red Hat group. She was such an inspiration to the members of our group.

john hale

December 30, 2020

To know Dorothy was to love Dorothy. As a kid growing up in Collins, I saw Dorothy as someone who always had a smile on her face, a kind word, and was a genuinely caring and lovely person. As I graduated high school and returned sporadically, she continued to display those same qualities. While there's lots of sadness now because of her loss, there was tons of joy because of her life. She, like so many in Collins, made her corner of the world a better place. Our sympathies to her immediate and extended family.

Denise Jones

December 30, 2020

My sincere sympathy to all of Dorothy's family. She was a friend & neighbor of my Aunt Lee at Mill Pond & became an instant friend of mine. She was an absolute ray of warm, sweet, friendly sunshine. She generated positive energy & positively charged everyone she encountered in her sweet & quiet, yet bubbly & enthusiastic way. I thoroughly enjoyed our many conversations. I'm thankful our paths crossed for a few years & I'll never ever forget her. She was an absolute delight & inspiration.

Ann Patterson

December 30, 2020

Your mother............a beautiful person inside and out. Always a smile on her face. One of my favorite people.

Jane Page

December 29, 2020

Dear Dorothy’s family, I am so sorry for your loss.. I knew Dorothy because I was fortunate enough to work with her at the Story County Clerk of Courts Office for several years... when I had my first child she had a baby shower for me...she was so sweet and such a classy lady.. and since she loved to shop I was lucky enough to run into her now and then when she was out shopping, even after she had moved to Ankeny. God Bless you my friend, Rest In Peace ❣️