Dorothy J. (Collins) Folsom, 87, of Northern Warrick County, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. She was born in Boonville on Aug. 10, 1931 to the late Andrew Sr. and Elnora (Eilert) Collins.
Dorothy grew up during the Great Depression in Boonville on East Division Street in a small four room home. She was one of ten children and the only girl. At an early age, Dorothy learned that life was to be treasured. Faith, forgiveness and redemption were instilled in her heart and often spoken by her Mother, Father and Grandma Minnie. As a young girl, she proudly watched as her older brothers went off to war and was always grateful for their service, as well as her husband’s service, in the Armed Forces.
She married her high school sweetheart, Robert F. (Bob) Folsom, on May 23, 1952 in Boonville, and shared nearly 63 years together. In 1955, they moved to Hart Township, Warrick County, where they began their country venture with hard work, little money, and much love. In 1979, they relocated a short distance from their original location atop a large hill in a home they built together. Many wonderful gatherings, dinners, and barbecues took place with family and friends on the Folsom Farm. Dorothy was an amazing cook. She loved and diligently maintained a large organic garden until recent years. She had a passion for sewing and often took on projects despite the difficulty. Most of her life was spent taking care of family, but in her younger years she was employed as a telephone operator and a mail carrier. Dorothy was a member of Fletcher Chapel United Methodist Church.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2015; her brothers, Paul, Richard, Myrl, John, Andy, Alvin, Floyd, Frank, and Jim Collins; lifelong friends, Keith Combs, and his wife, Wilma, who passed ten days after Dorothy. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Becky Folsom Hodges; her grandson, Bobby (Michelle) Hodges and great-grandsons, Brandtley and Brockton; granddaughter, Jessica Hodges and great-grandson, Henry. Also surviving is her lifelong friend, June Metzger, and Dianna Pemberton Harris, who was like a second daughter.
Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at Fletcher Chapel United Methodist Church, Hwy. 61 North, Lynnville, where a Celebration of Life will begin at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Boonville, at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Evansville Rescue Mission, Fletcher Chapel United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice. Condolences and any special remembrance may be made online at www.koehlerfuneralhome.com. Koehler Funeral Home of Boonville is entrusted with care.