Dorothy Mae Brassfield

Dorothy Mae Brassfield

FORT ATKINSON -- Dorothy Mae (Fowlie) Brassfield, age 98, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at Wellington Meadows Assisted Living in Fort Atkinson.

Dorothy was born in rural Rockwell City, Iowa, on April 30, 1921, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Ross) Fowlie. She married Elvis J. Brassfield on Sept. 18, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas. He preceded her in death on March 30, 2006.

She graduated from Lake City High School, Lake City, Iowa, and attended Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, then taught one-room rural schools for three years and one year in Lanesboro, Iowa.

Dorothy was a farm wife and mother of four children. In 1964 the family moved from the Lake City area to a dairy farm near Waterloo where they farmed for eight years. In 1972 they retired from farming and moved to Jefferson. She was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Jefferson where she belonged to the United Methodist Women and Eve Circle. Dorothy served for 17 years as the church custodian. She enjoyed handwork, genealogy, reading, writing letters, baking and yard work.

Surviving are her sons, John (Elizabeth) of Marshall, David (Linda) of Pepin, Robert (Pamela) of Johnson Creek; grandchildren, Daryl (Jessica) of Sun Prairie, Michelle (Tony LaRock) Brassfield of Durand, Jennifer (Mark) Shepler of Marshall, Robert Brassfield, of Madison, Rebecca (Corey) Pederson of Omaha, Nebraska; stepgrandchild, Leah (Joe) Johnson of Maplewood, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Kelsey, Caden, Conall Pederson, Garrett Shepler, Noah Sobottka; stepgreat-grandchildren, William Johnson, Justin Kolich; sister-in-law, Joyce (Dale) Christensen of Coon Rapids, Iowa; brother-in-law Boyd Yaden of Clackamas, Oregon; and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Diane; parents; parents-in-law; sisters-in-law, Betty Benckendorf, Irene Ireland and Karon Yaden; and cousins.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Immanuel United Methodist Church in Jefferson, Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek or the charity of one's choice.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Wellington Meadows Assisted Living, Fort Atkinson; Rainbow Hospice, Johnson Creek; and Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home of Jefferson with Chaplain Steve Steele presiding. Visitation will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at the Union Cemetery of Jefferson.

Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, please visit

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