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Dorothy DeSelms - November 05, 2009

Dorothy Irene DeSelms, daughter of Andrew and Alma Banks was born in Chase County, Neb. May 22, 1921. After 88 years of spreading joy and laughter, she passed away in the comfort of her daughter’s home in Greenwood, Ind. on Oct. 30, 2009.
A woman of great accomplishment, especially for the time in which she lived, she attended Chase County Schools graduating from high school in 1938. Dorothy received training in education, then called Normal Training, during her senior year of high school. After graduation she began a 15 year long teaching career within Chase County.
On May 22, 1940, Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Marvin DeSelms. They resided on their farm south of Lamar, Neb. She managed the farm with the help of family since Marvin’s passing in 1969.
She is survived by her younger sister, Bonnie Spahn of Omaha, Neb.; daughter, Julie Barkley and husband, Danny, of Greenwood, Ind.; son, Kelly and wife, Julia, of Lincoln, Neb.; grandchildren, Tancy Holmes and Jalana Commerford of Phoenix, Ariz., Janae, Krista and Derek DeSelms of Lincoln, Neb.; and three great-grandchildren, Madison, Hannah and Jeffrey Holmes of Arizona.
Her brothers, Donald and Herman Banks; and husband, Marvin, preceded her in death.
Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and private person. Her family was the center of her life. She was loved and admired by a number of relatives and host of friends. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.
Memorial service was held Nov. 4, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Liewer Funeral Home, 408 Court Street, Imperial, NE 69033.
Interment will be at Green Lawn Cemetery, Lamar, Neb.
Arrangements were made by Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin, Ind. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 10832 Old Mill Road, Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68154.