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Sep 23, 2012
Dorothy was born October 2, 1919 to parents, Elias Calvin Bowles and Alma Liebenstein Bowles, at rural Becker, Minnesota. She attended elementary and high school at Becker Public School, graduating in 1937. She attended St. Cloud Teacher's College, UNL and UNO. Dorothy came to Omaha in 1942 and worked at the Martin Bomber Plant until it closed. She started teaching rural Douglas County School District 32 (Fairview School) in 1945. The next year she taught at District 21, Douglas County (Ponca School). From 1947 to 1950 she taught at Avery School in Sarpy County. In September 1950, she started teaching in Omaha at Old Florence School; she was there until 1959. On June 19, 1959, she married Emmette O. Smiley and moved to Sarpy County (presently Bellevue). She taught at Indian Hill School in Omaha the school year of 1959-1960. In 1960, she started teaching at Rosewater School and continued until she retired in June 1982. Member of Teacher's Sororities Alpha Delta Kappa and Kappa Kappa Iota. As a member of Kappa Kappa Iota she held the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Courtesy and Presidential Book at the Local level, President, President Elect, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, Yearbook, President's Scrapbook at the state level, History Committee, Action Committee and Empathy Region IV at the national level. Past President of Omaha Retired Teachers Association. Volunteered in the Adult Basic Education Program, The Durham Western Heritage museum and Red Cap Organization. Dorothy enjoyed bowling and was a member of the 600 Club, reading and yard work. Preceded in death by parents, Elias and Alma Bowles; and brothers, Wesley and Paul Bowles. Survived by brother, Larry Bowles; step daughter, Ora Fitzgerald; grandchildren, Christilyn (Scott) Schamp, Cherilyn (Chris) Roberts, Brad Fitzgerald, Doug (Bethany) Fitzgerald; 11 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; niece, Donna Bowles Champion; nephews, William, Dennis, Daniel, and Roger Bowles; a host of great nieces and nephews; and long time friend and caregiver, Mary Lou Hill.
VISITATION Wednesday, September 26, 2012 4-8pm Westlawn Hillcrest Funeral Home. FUNERAL SERVICE Thursday, September 27, 2012, 2pm Westlawn Hillcrest Funeral Home. Memorials suggested to the
Memorial Park Funeral Home
5701 Center Street 402-556-2500
Published in Omaha World-Herald from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26, 2012