Dorothy Mae Tharp was born January 28, 1923, near Leeds, Iowa, the daughter of Wayne and Ruth (Wingeier) Tharp. She attended and graduated from school in Sutherland, Iowa. She went on to work in banking in Nebraska. Upon returning to Iowa she married Wendell L. Hill on March 17, 1946. She and her husband began farming in Afton Township and soon after moved to a farm in Pitcher Township in Cherokee County, where they made their permanent home. Dorothy retired from Wilson Foods in Cherokee, as a bookkeeper, in 1988.
Dorothy was a world-wide traveler. Her travels took her to beautiful places in Alaska, through Europe, Hawaii, and fishing excursions in Mexico, Canada and Florida. She also traveled extensively in the United States, as a member of the TOPS club.
Dorothy died in her residence at The Gardens Retirement Community of Cherokee on Sunday, January 2, 2011.
Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, her husband Wendell on November 14, 1991, her daughter Cinda Bettin on December 15, 2006, her sisters Bernice Tharp and Inez Adams, and her brothers Robert and Elvin "Bud" Tharp.
Survivors include her daughter Susan and her husband Dave Wieland of Kansas City, MO, her son John and his wife Midge Hill of Cherokee, her grandchildren Jade Bettin, Cale Bettin, Nicole Wieland, Kyle Hill and Garrett Hill. Also surviving is her sister Evelyn Reiste of Ocheyedan, IA, her son-in-law Mark Bettin of Odebolt, and other relatives, friends and neighbors.