Dorothy has lived at 800 Chestnut for abut 5 years. Joyce Hinkel and Janet Klute are 2 of her 4 daughters. She was born SE of Anita at her grandparents’ home, the oldest of 10 children; 8 of the children are still alive. Her parents farmed. Dorothy attended country school in Anita. The family later lived south of Adair. She was baptized as a child and confirmed at Immanuel when she was a freshman in High School. Dorothy graduated from Adair High School in 1948. They recently had their 70th reunion with 5 of the 24 graduates in attendance. During high school she sang in choir and played tuba in the band.
In November, 1948, Dorothy was married to Robert Tibben, whom she met through a friend. They were married at Immanuel, Adair. Robert was a farmer and they farmed near St. John’s Lutheran. Here they raised their 5 children. Besides Joyce and Janet, their children include Virginia, living in Pleasantville, and Kathy living in Des Moines. Their son Vernon is deceased. She has 6 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. They were active members of St. John’s. Dorothy was an LWML officer and for a while the family was responsible for cleaning the church and mowing the lawn. She was also a 4H leader. Dorothy raised a big garden and did a lot of canning.
In December, 1983, they were involved in a bad car accident. Dorothy spent 101 days recovering in Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Robert went to a nursing home until his death in 1987. Dorothy moved to Atlantic about 1984 where she lived in the trailer court for 30 years. Over the years she has worked at the Pines as a grill cook and at the Redwood. She has done some traveling, visiting Australia, Ireland and the Fiji Islands. She has also traveled in the United States, including New York and California, each 3 times. On one of her New York trips she went to Carnegie Hall where her daughter Kathy was singing. Kathy belongs to the Des Moines Plymouth Congregational Church and sings in their large choir. The family has their annual get together in the Community building in Anita each year on the 2nd Sunday in January. Up to 70 people will attend. Dorothy enjoys her life at 800 Chestnut and spends a lot of time sewing and reading. On television she likes the Iowa Public Television station.
We wish her God’s blessing in the years ahead!