Dorothy Lois Edwards
BORN: June 6, 1911, in Dow City, Crawford County, Iowa
DIED: Died July 23, 1985, in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas
AGED: 74 years, 1 month
BURIED: Dow City Cemetery, Dow City, Crawford County, Iowa
FATHER: Wallace Edwards born April 27, 1871, in Sanilac County, Michigan
MOTHER: Rose Alice Updike born May 22, 1872, in Bloomfield Twp., Polk County, Iowa
MARRIAGE: to Joseph Morris Wilson on September 8, 1929, in Denison, Crawford County, Iowa
1. Marold Don Wilson born March 5, 1931. Died February 1997.
2. Marcene Lois Wilson born June 2, 1933, in Kansas City, Missouri
3. Loretta Sue Wilson born January 10, 1938
4. Larry Wayne Wilson born August 8, 1941
5. Sharon Kay Wilson born August 29, 1944. Died May 5, 1997, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
6. Richard Alan Wilson born April 27, 1950, in Cherokee, Cherokee County, Iowa
Dorothy Lois Edwards was born on June 6, 1911. She was the fraternal twin to my dad. She grew up in the small towns of Dow City and Arion, Iowa. The family was poor, and the census for 1930 shows her living at home and working as a servant in a hotel. This is interesting because she was married to Joseph Morris Wilson on September 8, 1929. It's possible that she was living at home while Joe was working somewhere else.
Dorothy and Joe (always called "Morris") had six children. When I was a boy, they lived in Holstein, Iowa, with Tom and Myrtle McCollough, and in Davenport, Iowa. I remember visiting one place where they lived in Davenport. It was the top floor of a house that was situated between the Mississippi River and the Rock Island Railroad tracks. I liked it because I could watch either boats or trains just by turning around.
Dorothy and Morris came to visit us about once a year. I remember Aunt Dorothy as a happy-go-lucky person. She had an even disposition and never seemed to get too excited about anything. I always liked that about her. If you went to visit Aunt Dorothy, you were always welcome.
Aunt Dorothy was short and somewhat stocky in stature. Unlike most of the Edwards family, she didn't wear glasses. She did smoke, but not heavily. She had a winning laugh, and you couldn't help laughing right along with her whenever something tickled her fancy. She could see the funny side of everything. She was an absolute joy when we were playing cards.
Morris Wilson died as the result of an industrial accident on June 4, 1969, in Davenport, Iowa. After his death, Aunt Dorothy lived with her son in Calamus, Iowa. She died on July 23, 1985, in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, while on a vacation trip. She and Morris are buried in the municipal cemetery, in Dow City, Iowa.