Dorothea "Dot" North
April 25, 1934 – January 28, 2019
Dorothea (Dot) Louise North, age 84, passed away peacefully at Mercy Hospice, after a brief illness on January 28, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 2 p.m. at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel, 801 19th St., West Des Moines, IA. A visitation with the family will start at 1 p.m. until the time of the service. A future interment will take place at Resthaven Cemetery.
Dot was born on April 25, 1934 in Milo, Iowa to Jared and Claudia Louise (Fairly) Porter. She was the youngest of 11 children. She was a dedicated and loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her pride and joy were her two children, Tom and Ann, along with their spouses, Marcia and John. Her face lit up when she saw them and her two grandchildren, Rachel and Mike. She recently met her great-grandson, Bode, and was able to hold his sweet hand. Dot never expressed a personal want. Her concern and care was always for her family and friends.
Dot touched many lives with her years of work at Bankers Life Insurance, Des Moines Theatrical Shop, Von Maur, and Homespun Collection. In addition, she loved caring for children in the West Des Moines schools as a childcare provider.
Dot was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She loved knitting prayer shawls for others in need. Dot scrapbooked before scrapbooking was popular. Every event or vacation was published in a special book with her precious hands. Dot kept every letter or memorabilia from her families’ adventures, so she could touch them and reread them often. Dot enjoyed weekend drives with her young family, visiting her family in Wisconsin, and brunches and luncheons with her Iowa family and friends. Dot’s ability to be positive and cheerful will always be remembered. Her gentle and caring manner gave her the ability to be an amazing listener.
Dot is survived by her two children, Tom North (Marcia), Waunakee, WI, Ann Cole (John), West Des Moines, IA; two grandchildren, Rachel Putrino (Rob), Monterey, CA, Mike North, Madison, WI; great-grandson, Bode Putrino, Monterey, CA; sister, Darlene Epps, Carlisle, IA, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Melvin Porter, Marjorie Smith, Beaulah Vuagniaux, Marie Bunce, Robert Porter, Olive Myrick, Ellen Edwards, Dale Porter, and Donald Porter.
We want to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospice-Johnston. All of you helped make her final days pain free and very loving. Memorial contributions can be given in Dot’s honor to Covenant Presbyterian Church or Mercy Hospice-Johnston.
We will dearly miss you and you are truly an inspiration to all of us. On a tender note you left for Tom and Ann, you stated the following: “I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER . . . . . . . . . x o x o Mom”. We will love you and miss you more than you’ll ever know!
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com for the North family.
- Funeral Service Thursday, February 7, 2019
Dorothea "Dot" North
February 17, 2019
You have taught me everything I know. I am who I am because of you. The care, tenderness and love you showed me will last me an entire lifetime. If I could have dreamed of the perfect mom, it would have been you. You were always there for me as I grew up, playing games, building crafts, baking cookies, and always giving me praise and attention that fueled my days.
The love you have shown our family has always warmed my heart. You never stopped reminding me of how lucky I am to have been blessed to be married to Marcia. You would repeatedly tell me that she gave you the best gifts ever, your grandchildren, Rachel and Michael.
And now starts the fun. Take one Grandma Dot who is built to “craft” with two grandkids and let the construction paper, glue, and scissors fly. The ongoing projects and tender moments were plentiful. When Marcia and I would come back to pick up the kids from a weekend sleepover with Grandma, the love floating in the room was everywhere. You could see the kids’ everlasting affection and emotion on their faces, along with a bit of paint and glue stuck to their fingertips. Precious times for sure!
I will never forget two of the best pieces of advice you consistently gave me if I was stressed. “Tom, how long has it been since you had time to just look up at the sky and watch the clouds move?” Or, “Have you taken the time to walk out in nature, let the sun hit your face, and even for a few brief moments smell some of God’s wonderful nature?” And just like that, everything seemed a little calmer and more in perspective.
Mom, if I tried to thank you for everything you have done for me and given me it would take literally forever! I will always remember the first major motion picture you took me to, Mary Poppins. And the words I heard some five decades ago still apply today . . . I am truly the most fortunate and blessed son to have a mom as “Practically Perfect in Every Way” as you.
I will love you forever,
February 17, 2019
You are the mother I received the day I wed your son.
And I just want to thank you, Mom, for the things that you have done.
The best gift you ever gave me was your son. From the day I met Tom, it was evident he had a tender, loving heart. I know he got that from you.
Thank you for all the years of fun, laughs, and most importantly your love. You blessed our family by being an amazing Mother, Grandma, and
Great-Grandma. But another title in my heart is Friend.
I will love you forever, Mom. I miss you.
February 4, 2019
Very classy and dignified Aunt Dorothea - to a life well lived! Thanks for setting the bar!
February 3, 2019
Tom and Ann, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I have been gone from Indianola for ten years, so I have lost touch with your Mom. Don always kidded her about being so soft spoken. He would say none of the other Porter klan were like her. I remember seeing her so many times at Von Maur. I made sure she waited on me every time. She was always so kind hearted. She enjoyed attending all the Porter reunions at our home, and thanked me so much for hosting everyone. Cherish all of those wonderful memories, and be sure to keep telling your children and grandchildren about your Mom. As Don would say, the book on your Mom’s life wasn’t finished being written.