Dorothy (Boelman) Abbas
Dorothy Abbas, 95, died Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Bethany Reformed Church in Belmond. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond.
Dorothy, daughter of Will J. and Titcia Frohling Boelman, was born January 24, 1921 five miles east of Belmond on the “hospital farm”. She attended and graduated from Belmond High School. While growing up, Dorothy helped a lot on the farm. She did housework, worked and drove tractors in the fields, and did chores.
On October 2, 1941 she married Henry B. Abbas. The couple moved to Franklin County for one year. They returned to the farm east of Belmond where they lived for 37 years until Henry’s death on March 2, 1978. Dorothy continued to farm for three years. Two years later she bought a house in town. Dorothy worked as a cook for the Belmond School District for ten years. She moved to the Belmond Community Apartments in 1994.
Dorothy enjoyed her home and her son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Henry; daughter-in-law Roberta Abbas; sisters Thada and Henrietta; brothers Joyce, Herman and Bud; and several in-laws.
Dorothy is survived by her son Gary Abbas of Des Moines; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Aaron (Carrie) Abbas and children Saylor, Spenser and Seth of Des Moines; Nathan Abbas and children Avery, Emerson and Thaden of Des Moines; and Beth (Chad) Sealine and children Abigail, Corrin and Orien of Des Moines; sister Ruth Dorenkamp; brother Daryl Boelman; and sister-in-law Marie Boelman.