Dorothy E. Watkinson

1921 - 2022


Dorothy E. Watkinson, 100, of Riverside, passed away Monday, April 25, 2022, at Parkview Manor in Wellman.  A funeral Mass was held Friday, April 29, 2022, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Riverside.  Burial was in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice Compassus of Washington, Make A Wish Foundation or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in memory of Dorothy.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

Dorothy Elizabeth Colbert was born on Dec. 19, 1921, in Riverside, the daughter of Timothy F. and Mary E. (McKevitt) Colbert.  She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School. 

On June 26, 1941, Dorothy was united in marriage to Walter S. Watkinson in Riverside.  Dorothy was a clerk for the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for 24 years.  She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Riverside and volunteered as a Reading Buddy for the Kalona Elementary following her retirement.  Dorothy was proud of serving on the planning committee for the new Highland High School. 

  She enjoyed reading, dancing, attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and was known for her noodles, chicken and pies, but most of all, Dorothy loved to spend time with her family and friends, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dorothy will be greatly missed by her children: DeAnn Knebel of Riverside, Sue Hall of Riverside and Bill (Karla) Watkinson of Kalona; son-in-law: Charles Hamilton of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Walter; daughter: Betty Hamilton; son-in-law: Loren Knebel; grandson: Jamey Hamilton; great-grandson: Brant Hamilton; and siblings: Helen (Raymond) Slaughter, Johanna (Carroll) Sleichter, Robert (Lucille) Colbert, Richard Colbert and Timothy Francis Colbert.