OBITUARY: Dorothy Louise Delk

Dorothy Louise (Rhodes) Delk was born Feb. 4, 1934, to Oren and Betty Blevins in De-Graff, one of six daughters and one son: Mellie, Ruby, Betty, Alma, Sue and Kenneth (Blevins).

Dorothy went to meet our Lord on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. She was married to John W. Rhodes from 1952 to 1996. Their children are John D. Rhodes, Allan Rhodes, Linda Pickering, Fred Rhodes, Twila Carter and Cheryl Tyink.

Dorothy was married to Bob Delk from 2000 to 2017 and resided in Hillsboro. This union brought three daughters and one son to the extended family: Donna Dalke, Barbara Koontz, Shirley and Robbie Delk. Together, these unions brought many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren into both families.

Above and beyond being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she had a 45-year nursing career that included missionary work, which took her to places such as Haiti, South America along the Amazon River, and the Himalayans, to name a few.

She loved the arts, which included music, poetry and painting. She was an honorary member of Cambridge Who’s Who. She was active in school organizations, such as PTA, Boy and Girl Scouts, and was a member of the Helping Hands program for many years. She enjoyed listening to Bob play his guitar and accompanying him on many performances. She was raised in a Christian home with a lifelong membership in the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty; father, Oren; her sister, Ruby; her brother, Kenneth; and her former husband, John Rhodes.

A gathering with the family was on Friday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. A graveside committal service followed at 2 p.m. at Maize Park Cemetery on 53rd Street in Maize, Kan.

In lieu of flowers, Dorothy requested memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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