Dorothy Bill, 91


Sept. 28, 1925 —
July 23, 2017
Riceville -  Dorothy Bill, age 91, of Riceville, Iowa passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 at home with family around her.
A funeral service was held July 28, 2017 at Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City, Iowa with Pastor Dan Christensen officiating. Burial was at Sunnyside Memory Gardens in rural Charles City.
Dorothy Jean (Chambers) Bill, the daughter of Clayton and Nellie (Hildebrand) Chambers, was born Sept. 28, 1925. On April 30, 1944 she was united in marriage to Harvey Bill, and this union was blessed with 15 children.
Dorothy was known as Grandma Bill to everybody who knew her. She would babysit grandkids and great-grandkids, but they had to be picked up before 6 p.m. because she was going to play cards, which she truly enjoyed doing. Dorothy also liked family get-togethers and potlucks. She had a lot of fun with the grandkids whatever their age, it didn’t matter.
When family celebrated her 90th birthday, they had a saying on the back of her shirt which said, “If I wouldn’t have had 15 kids, tons of grandkids and throw some great-grandkids in, my house would be clean, my wallet would be full, BUT my heart would be empty.”  This is Dorothy all over. 
She will be sadly missed by her children, Nancy (Ron) Grimm, Larry Bill, Kenny (Diane) Bill, Judy (Tom) McMaster, Roy (Joyce) Bill, Mary (Wayne) Olson, Vickie (Lowell) Roethler, Tammy (John) Loecher, Sandy (Dean) Runde, Linda (Keith) Levorson and Russell (Sabine) Bill; son-in-law, Virgil Runnion; daughter-in-law, Debbie Bill; 36 grandchildren; 165 great and great-great-grandchil-dren; sister, Marion Meek; sister-in-law, Rosie Chambers; and numerous nieces, nephews,  other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harvey, on Jan. 28, 1988; three sons,  David, Jesse and Clayton “Buff” Bill; daughter, Janice Runnion; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Bill; great-grandson, Kameron Bill; two sisters, Edna Ferch and Edith Bill; and five brothers, Roy, Clayton, John, Wes and Louis Chambers.

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