In Memory of Dorothy Yancey

Dorothy Yancey
Dorothy Yancey
Born: July 16, 1926
Died: May 18, 2016
Age: 89
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Dorothy Yancey
July 16, 1926 - May 18, 2016
From: Ames, IA

Dorothy Yancey, age 89, of Ames and formerly of Nevada, died at her home on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada, with burial to follow in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 5-7 p.m. 

Dorothy Ann (Cody) Yancey was born July 16, 1926, in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of Thomas Tony and Elsie Mae (Osborne) Cody.  She grew up and received her education in Ames.  Dorothy was united in marriage to Claude (Ray) Harrelson.  The couple made their home in Nevada and was blessed with five children.  Ray passed away in 1978.  Dorothy later married Ervin Yancey and, following his death in 1999, made her home in Ames.

Over the years, Dorothy worked at several Nevada businesses, including Donnelley Marketing, Nevada Poultry, Rolling Green Village, and the Story County Hospital.  She enjoyed playing Bingo, listening to country western music, word search puzzles, camping, and bowling.  Dorothy will be remembered as a woman who loved socializing and was always available to lend a helping hand to family and friends.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Ames as well as Westside Church of Christ in Ames.

Survivors include her five children, Raymond “Dennis” (Karen) Harrelson of Cambridge, Claudia (Michael) Conrad of Monett, MO, Ruth Willson of Ames, Randy (Marianne) Harrelson of Nevada, and Karla (Scott) Gealow of Pinson, AL; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by a brother, William (Jackie) Cody of West Union; a sister, Helen Helgeland of Ames; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

In addition to her husbands, Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Frederick “Bud” Cody; and three sisters, Opal Fisher, Ruth Cody, and Evelyn Cody.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Dorothy and her family.


Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:21 AM
“So sorry to of Dorothy's passing. I have many great memories of time spent at their home. She will be missed.”
- Gail Baker(Holder)
Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM
“Sending our prayers & condolences during this tough time for the family of Gramma Dorothy

Don Brown
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- Robin Blue
Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM
“Sorry to hear about this. Dorothy was a really nice lady. She will be missed. God bless all of you.”
- Janet Jacques
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10:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Josh Crannell
Jason Hasbruck
Kody Harrelson
Kyler Harrelson
Ben Harrelson
Parry Tolley


5-7 p.m.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, Iowa