Dorothy Mae Appelgate passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the age of 97 while living at Bethany Life in Story City, Iowa. She was surrounded by family, friends and the caring staff at Bethany Life. Funeral services were Monday, June 4, at 1:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Story City. Burial followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Jewell. Visitation was Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bethany Manor Chapel.


Dorothy was born on July 1, 1920, at Hamilton County Hospital in Webster City, to Clyde J. Rex and Alice Wilson Rex.


She married Glen Arthur Hoversten in 1938 and together farmed and raised six children, Glen Jr., Patty, Janet, Richard, Glenda and Joanne.


In February, 1974, she married William P. Appelgate and blended families with Bill’s children, William K. and Margaret.


Dorothy is survived by her children, Glen Hoversten Jr. and wife Pat, Patty Hoversten, Janet Wing and husband Lyle, Richard Hoversten, Glenda Rahfeldt and husband Ron, Joanne Pelant and husband Robert. William K. Appelgate and wife Joyce, Margaret Aiseayew; 19 grandchildren; many special great- and great-great-grandchildren; a sister Peggy Hanson; brother-in-law, Max Appelgate and Richard Appelgate (Joyce); sister-in-law Angie Appelgate and many nieces and nephews.


Those preceding her in death: husband William P. Appelgate, brother Clyde Rex, sister Mary Elizabeth and two infant brothers, grandson Travis Hoversten and granddaughter Linda Wing.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be addressed to the family for the following organizations: Grace Methodist Church, Story City; Bethany Life, Story City; and Mobility Worldwide (PET).


In her last few days, one of her parting thoughts was “Love the Lord with all your might!”


Thank you to everyone that has walked this life with her, helping and loving her along the way and for your thoughtful and kind words of love and encouragement as we celebrate her life.