Dorothy Mae (Rowden) Malek (1920 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE – Dorothy Mae Malek, 93 years old, of Independence, died on Wednesday, Aug 14, at the Buchanan County Health Center LTC in Independence. She was born on Aug. 8, 1920, in Green Mountain, the daughter of William and Edna Sea (Attkisson) Rowden. She graduated from high school in Gladbrook, with the Class of 1937. On Dec. 13, 1938, she and Bohumil "Bob" Charles Malek were married at the United Brethren Church in Gladbrook. He preceded her in death in 2001. Mrs. Malek was a partner in the ownership and operation of the Malek Theatre in Independence. She was also the bookkeeper for Midwest Wood Products in Independence.
Mrs. Malek was an active member for the First Presbyterian Church in Independence and she was a member of Chapter BD P.E.O. for over 55 years. In the past, she was also a member of Ladies Musical, the Peoples Hospital Auxiliary, and Beta Sigma Phi. She enjoyed drying and arranging flowers that she had grown and oil painting.
Mrs. Malek is survived by one son, Bryce (Liz Sage) Malek of North Hollywood, Calif., two grandsons, John (Heather Johnson) Malek of Independence, and Ben Malek of Cedar Falls, one great granddaughter, and one daughter-in-law, Melody Malek of Independence. She is also survived by one brother, David (Eleanor) Rowden of Marshalltown, and one sister, Dana Ainsworth of Waverly.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Robert Malek, and one brother, Ray Rowden.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence with Rev. John Hougen officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. Friends called for visitation from 3 until 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at the White Funeral Home in Independence where a P.E.O. Service began at 4 p.m. A Memorial Fund has been established. On line condolences may be left at
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 15 to Aug. 31, 2013