Dorothy Dee Rueter

Dorothy Dee Rueter of Grand Junction, Iowa passed on Sunday, May 7, at Deerfield  Community in Urbandale, Iowa. Dorothy Dee Doran was born on July 17, 1933 in Beaver, Iowa to Oliver and Lois (Brewster) Doran. She was the youngest of four sisters.

Dorothy graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1951. She married her high school sweetheart, Cecil Rueter on November 23rd.   She not only raised her children but was a loving wife and partner in the family business.

She is survived by her sister Charlotte Dinning from Reno, Nevada. She leaves behind four children, Kim (Gail) Rueter of Grand Junction, Karen (Richard) Derrick of Scottsdale, Arizona, Terri (Hal) Nation of Urbandale, Iowa and Todd (Constance) Rueter of Ankeny, Iowa. Grandchildren, Kyle Kenan, Sean Kenan, Andrew (Savannah) Derrick, Hannah Derrick, Nicholas (Julie) Nation, Anthony (Meghan) Nation, Jacqueline (James) Watters, Alex (Alexis) Rueter, and Paige (Mehdi) Benlaala. Great grandchildren Sam, Henry, Jack, Everett and Louis Nation; William and Caroline Nation; Julian and Jonah Watters; Stella and Oliver Rueter; and Constance, Raphaelle and Louise Benlaala.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Cecil, parents Oliver and Lois, sisters Mary Maach and Shirley Scott.

Dorothy was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was not only beautiful and intelligent, she had a great sense of humor and surprised everyone with her quick wit. We always took pride in her sense of style.

She created a warm and welcoming home. It was amazing how she could whip up a delicious meal from an empty pantry. She had an artistic flair for everything from decorating, gardening, sewing and painting. She loved playing cards, especially bridge and was an avid reader. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her entire family. She adored and cared for her little companion Ruby, who never left her side.

She will be deeply missed and never forgotten by all who loved her.

There will be a private family service. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 12th at Kim and Gail Rueter’s home, 1688 U Avenue from 5-7pm.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.

As Mom would say “Life is short, eat dessert first!”

Services were arranged by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson.

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