May 17, 1924 ~ November 23, 2017

Born in: St. Louis, MO,
Resided in: Asheville, North Carolina

Dorothy Westly Asheville- Dorothy Westly, 93, of Asheville, died Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Deerfield Skilled Nursing Center. She was born May 17, 1924 in St Louis, Missouri, the daughter of William and Freida (Emanuel) Kottemann. She grew up in Burlington, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa on an Honorary Speech Scholarship. While there, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, winner of the Hancher Oratorical Prize, Member of Mortor Board, President of University Women and Representative Woman Student of the Centenial Class of 1947. She married Dr. J. Stephen Westly in August of 1947, in Burlington, Iowa. After brief moves to Des Moines and Manly, Iowa, and Norfolk, Virginia, for Stephen’s medical practice and naval service, they spent their lives in Mason City, Iowa. During those years she represented the University of Iowa at a Big 10 Foreign Policy Conference, served on the Iowa State Boards of the League of Women Voters, American Association for the United Nations, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also served on the Boards of Directors of the Mason City Schools, the Mason City Public Library and as President of the Foundation of Mercy Hospitals of North Iowa. She was instrumental in the renovation and conversion of the Mason City YWCA to the House of Hope women’s shelter in 2007. In 2008 she moved to Asheville, NC, where she was able to enjoy the company of her children and the dear friends she made at Deerfield Retirement Community. She is survived by her son, Dr. Stephen K. Westly and wife, Dr. Elizabeth Ann Westly of Asheville, NC; daughter, Elizabeth (Libby) de Caetani and husband, Michael of Asheville, NC; five grandchildren, Erica Westly and her husband Josh Romero, Elizabeth Westly Arendshorst and her husband J.D., John Westly and his wife Janelle, Katherine Carr Bond and her husband Lucas, Andrew Carr; four great-grandchildren (Hadley and Willa Arendshorst, Zoe and Odin Bond); brother-in-law, Malcolm Westly of Tampa FL; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her beloved husband, Steve; brother Dr. William Kotteman; brother Dr.George Kottemann; brother-in law Dr. Travis and his wife Edith Westly. A private family service will be held at a later date. The family graciously asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Dorothy’s memory to either Pisgah Legal Services ( or a charity of ones’ choice.

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  1. Dorothy was a dear friend of ours from the time we purchased her longtime home, ‘Rule House’, in Mason City. We enjoyed her company immensely and will always remember her as a special person in our lives.

  2. Dorothy was such a beautiful friend and my next door neighbor for many years in Mason City. Praying for Dorothy and her family. May she be embraced by our Heavenly Father with love and eternal peace.

  3. Steven and family,

    Christy and I were sadden to hear of your mother’s passing. We had the greatest admiration for your parents and feel fortunate to have been able to experience all of Mason City had to offer with them. Our prayers for you and your family.

    Tom & Christy DeBartolo

  4. To the family of Dorothy Westly! You have my sympathy, I want you to know your mother and grandmother was a very dear person. I was on the Mercy Foundation Board with her in Mason City. Dorothy always had good ideas, insights and knew how to enjoy those with her.

    Blessings to you and you will be remembered in my prayers!

  5. Dear Stephen and Libby,
    So sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was my second mother. Please send me your contact info.
    Your cousin, Bill


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