Dorothy Leslie of Des Moines


Funeral services for Dorothy Leslie, 88, of Des Moines and formerly of Perry, will be held Friday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Burial will be at the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials will be given to family and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at

Dorothy R. Leslie passed away Oct. 9, 2017, at Kavanaugh House in Des Moines, Iowa. Dorothy was born a few miles north of Perry, Iowa, to Ivyl and Grace Collins.

She graduated from Panora High School and Drake University and spent 33 years officially teaching school at Gardiner Consolidated of Bouton, Colfax Community School, Southeast Polk Schools, Holmes Jr. High in Cedar Falls and Ventura Community Schools. She spent her remaining years “unofficially” teaching her grandchildren every chance she got.

Dorothy married Earle P. Leslie in 1947. They had one daughter, Patricia Leslie-Sackett, who is married to Christopher Sackett. Dorothy had four grandchildren, Jack, Aidan, Sofia and Ellie Sackett. She is also survived by a brother, Jim Collins, and his wife, Nancy, of Perry; several nieces; nephews; and friends whom she loved dearly.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Earle P. Leslie; her mother and father; and three older brothers, Dean, Jack and Richard Collins.

Dorothy especially enjoyed gardening and loved flowers of all types. She also enjoyed reading and traveling.

Four years ago, Dorothy told her daughter her only regret in life was not seeing the birthplace of her grandchildren, so a few months later she took a trip with her daughter, son-in-law, and four grandchildren to Antigua, Guatemala, where, cane in hand, Dorothy walked the cobblestone streets and rode tuk-tuks everywhere. She later made the remark that the country was as beautiful as her grandchildren.


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