Deloris E. Dawson Tesmer, 89, of Lime Springs, Iowa, formerly of Fairfield, Ill., passed away at 3:46 on Friday, June 14, 2019, in New Braunfels, Tex.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on June 24, 2019, in the Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield, Ill., with Pastor Paula Hemann officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Fairfield, Ill. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour at the funeral home.
She was born on November 14, 1929, in Fairfield, Ill., to Fred and Elsie Sons Dawson.
She was a member of the Lime Springs United Methodist Church where she served on the administrative board, was president of the Worship and Evangelism Committee and oversaw a card ministry, which provided outreach care in surrounding counties. She was a member of the Lidtke Mill Board (Iowa) for 25 years, where she started many of the fundraisers still going today. She was a life member of the DAV Auxiliary, formerly of the DAR and of the Rebecca Lodge in Fairfield. Her entertainment was working in the church and helping people any way she could. She enjoyed shopping and traveling to historic sites. She was able to visit 49 states during her lifetime.
She is survived by her children Paulette Smith of New Braunfels, Tex., Sam (Pat) Carter of Cadiz, Ky., and Brad (Judy) Carter of Hopkinsville, Ky., and stepchildren Gene (Diane) Tesmer of Knob Noster, Mo., James Tesmer of Rochester, Minn., Kathy (Jerrold) Tesmer of Harmony, Minn., and Joy (Bob) Baker of Minnetonka, Minn.; one sister, Evelyn Musgrave of Marion, Ill., 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and many loved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Sam Carter, Gerald Burr and Allen Tesmer; one brother and four sisters, one stepson and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association.