Funeral services for Dorothy Leslie, age 88 of Des Moines and formerly of Perry, will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery at Perry. Memorials will be given to family and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at

Dorothy R. Leslie, 88, passed away Oct. 9, 2017 at Kavanaugh House in Des Moines, Iowa. Dorothy was born a few miles north of Perry, Iowa to Ivyl and Grace Collins. She graduated from Panora High School and Drake University, and spent 33 years officially teaching school at Gardiner Consolidated of Bouton, Colfax Community School, SE Polk Schools, Holmes Jr. High in Cedar Falls and Ventura Community Schools. She spent her remaining years “unofficially” teaching her grandchildren every chance she got.

Dorothy married Earle P. Leslie in 1947. They had one daughter, Patricia Leslie-Sackett who is married to Christopher Sackett. Dorothy had 4 grandchildren, Jack, Aidan, Sofia and Ellie Sackett. She is also survived by a brother, Jim Collins, and his wife Nancy of Perry, several nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved dearly. Preceding her in death was her husband, Earle P. Leslie, her mother and father, and 3 older brothers, Dean, Jack and Richard Collins.

Dorothy especially enjoyed gardening and loved flowers of all types. She also enjoyed reading and traveling.

Four years ago, Dorothy told her daughter her only regret in life was not seeing the birthplace of her grandchildren; so a few months later she took a trip with her daughter, son-in-law, and 4 grandchildren to Antigua, Guatemala where, cane-in-hand, she walked the cobblestone streets and rode tuk-tuks everywhere. She later made the remark that the country was as beautiful as her grandchildren.