Dorothy Alger

Friday, March 9, 2012

A celebration of life will be held for Mrs. Dorothy Alger, 84, of Dickens, at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Julie McCullough will officiate the memorial service.

The family will greet friends from 4:30-8 p.m. Friday at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Burial will be at Dickens Cemetery.

A private family graveside service will be held prior to the services.

Mrs. Alger passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Spencer Hospital.

Dorothy Grace Alger, the daughter of Clair and Grace (Hersom) Salton, was born April 3, 1927, in Logan Township, Clay County, Ia. Her childhood years were spent on a farm in Logan Township, where she received her early education at Rosevale country school and later graduated from Gillett Grove Consolidated High School in 1944.

Dorothy married George Lewis Alger on Feb. 15, 1948, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Following their marriage, they farmed for many years near Gillett Grove, Ia. She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Gillett Grove, where she was an active member of the UMW. Dorothy was also an active member of the Farm Bureau and was a past member of the Clay County Cattleman's Association. Dorothy enjoyed her time as a 25-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She stayed at home and raised her family and helped George on the farm until their retirement. At the age of 72, she started working at Perry-Judd's in Spencer for about four years, where she was proud to receive her first paycheck and have her own "fun money".

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George in 2007; and five brothers: Harold, Don, Wayne, Gene and Bob.

Left to cherish her memory are one son, Roger Alger and his wife, Ruth of Missouri Valley, Ia.; two daughters: Janice Alger of Dickens, Ia. and Diane Bargfrede and her husband, Craig of Ankeny, Ia.; three grandchildren: Dr. Alysia Alger of Queenston, Ontario, Canada, Phil Bargfrede of West Des Moines, Ia. and Grant Bargfrede of Ames, Ia.; four sister-in-law's: June Salton, Barbara Salton Doris Salton and Karen Titler; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.