ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved mother, Dorothy (Lampe) Kerbs, 74 years old, born on February 8, 1947, and passed away on February 8, 2021. We will remember her forever.

An online memorial service will be celebrated via Facebook Live on Saturday, March 13 at 3:00pm (MST). You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the service. The service link will be posted on this site the morning of the service, or you may email quiltinginheaven@gmail.com and it will be sent to you. 

Contributions given in her memory may be directed to Hearts and Hands Quilting Group, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 464 Carriage Lane N, Twin Falls, ID.

We invite you to leave a message or share a favorite story or photo of Dorothy.

Posted by Sue Cauffiel on February 23, 2021
My husband and I moved to TF back in 2001 without knowing anyone in the area. I started attending Our Savior Lutheran Church after the horrific events on 9/11. After attending a couple of Sundays, a very nice lady came to sit with me. Her name was Dorothy Kerbs. She took me under her wing and we became friends. She was a very caring and kind person who encouraged me to join the quilting group at the church. Later she helped me to get through my cancer battle during 2015. Despite health issues of her own, I always found her to be pleasant and enjoyable to be around. I miss her a lot-her smile and laugh and her caring. I've never known a more Christian woman and she loved her family deeply. I'm so sorry she had to leave us, but now she is free from all the pain and misery she was enduring, especially the past 3 years. She is now in her eternal home, taking others under her wing, flying like an angel. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life.
Posted by Kara Kral on February 23, 2021
The Kerbs have been our next door neighbors since 1985.... that’s lots of graduations, weddings, funerals, births of grandchildren, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and holidays that we shared. Dorothy was so very attentive to our two daughters and then to our five grandchildren as well as to my elderly parents. Through the years she had gifted us with examples of her beautiful sewing and great eye for color. My favorite being the lovely napkins she made for us one year at Christmas..... the perfect red and green for my dishes. I think of her lovingly each time I use them.
Posted by Lois Anderson on February 23, 2021
The memories Dorothy gave me would fill a book! We grew up together and over the years we had time to create many of them. When we were in grade school, our parents let us go to each other's homes for 3-4 days. This was our "summer camp" and we enjoyed being away from our own homes for awhile as we explored each other's farm and surrounding area. My Aunt Hilda had a raspberry patch and Dorothy, Gloria, and I were tasked with picking berries. They thought this was a chore but to me this was a great adventure! There were tunnels in the patch and we crawled on our backs looking up to find the large ripe berries. I ate more than I put in my bucket! Then when they came to my house, I remember my mother teaching Dorothy and me to sew doll clothes. Perhaps that's why Dorothy and I learned the love of sewing. While Dorothy and I were sewing, Gloria was interested in learning to ride the bicycle and was thrilled when she went flying down the dusty lane! We all had fun making mud pies and using our imagination to have fun and create these special memories. Thanks to Dorothy, she taught me the love of creating quilts; this hobby has brought me many hours of entertainment and fulfillment. I'll forever hold these memories in my heart and thank God He granted us, very close cousins, time to be together for many years.
Posted by Lana Stimpson on February 23, 2021
Thanking of you , my childhood friend and expressing my condolences to you.  It is so great to read about you and your wife and your children, and the wonderful life you have led.   I have often thought about you and know that your wife is a very special person for you to have spent so many years with her...... I think of you often and fondly    sincerely ,Lana cherry Stimpson
Posted by Gloria Lierman on February 21, 2021
Dorothy, my precious sister and best friend. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel in my heart in losing you, but at the same time I am rejoicing that you are now in heaven with Jesus, free from all pain and paralysis. You can once again sing and dance. I thank God for all the years we have shared...times of joy and celebration and those times of sorrow and heartache. We always had each other and what a blessing that has been to me. Distance separated us, but we always stayed connected through our long, long phone conversations and trips between Idaho and California. You were so creative and talented...a master quilter. My home is filled with your beautiful quilts, wall hangings, pillows, and handiwork...I feel surround with your love.  I will miss you, Sis, but know someday we will be together again.
What is the old gospel refrain? When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be.  When we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory.  Love you, Sis 
Posted by Darrell Mullinix on February 21, 2021
Dear Lenard and Family, It saddened me to read about the passing of Dorothy. Having worked for Amalgamated Sugar Company for five years, I was able to speak to Dorothy on a few occasions. Though I didn't know her well, she was always kind and considerate towards me...and I appreciated that. And Lenard, knowing you as I did back then, you were a great husband to Dorothy and a great father to your children. Our paths never crossed again after me leaving the company, but I still remember those 5 years working in the Agriculture Research Department. I had a fun time with you and the "crew". I never thanked you for your patience, tolerance and understanding for " a city kid on the farm". Good years Lenard, good years. With all sincerity, I ask if there is any thing I can do to help you or your family, contact me. Again, I'm very sorry for your loss.  With all sincerity and respect, Darrell Mullinix

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Posted by Sue Cauffiel on February 23, 2021
My husband and I moved to TF back in 2001 without knowing anyone in the area. I started attending Our Savior Lutheran Church after the horrific events on 9/11. After attending a couple of Sundays, a very nice lady came to sit with me. Her name was Dorothy Kerbs. She took me under her wing and we became friends. She was a very caring and kind person who encouraged me to join the quilting group at the church. Later she helped me to get through my cancer battle during 2015. Despite health issues of her own, I always found her to be pleasant and enjoyable to be around. I miss her a lot-her smile and laugh and her caring. I've never known a more Christian woman and she loved her family deeply. I'm so sorry she had to leave us, but now she is free from all the pain and misery she was enduring, especially the past 3 years. She is now in her eternal home, taking others under her wing, flying like an angel. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life.
Posted by Kara Kral on February 23, 2021
The Kerbs have been our next door neighbors since 1985.... that’s lots of graduations, weddings, funerals, births of grandchildren, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and holidays that we shared. Dorothy was so very attentive to our two daughters and then to our five grandchildren as well as to my elderly parents. Through the years she had gifted us with examples of her beautiful sewing and great eye for color. My favorite being the lovely napkins she made for us one year at Christmas..... the perfect red and green for my dishes. I think of her lovingly each time I use them.
Posted by Lois Anderson on February 23, 2021
The memories Dorothy gave me would fill a book! We grew up together and over the years we had time to create many of them. When we were in grade school, our parents let us go to each other's homes for 3-4 days. This was our "summer camp" and we enjoyed being away from our own homes for awhile as we explored each other's farm and surrounding area. My Aunt Hilda had a raspberry patch and Dorothy, Gloria, and I were tasked with picking berries. They thought this was a chore but to me this was a great adventure! There were tunnels in the patch and we crawled on our backs looking up to find the large ripe berries. I ate more than I put in my bucket! Then when they came to my house, I remember my mother teaching Dorothy and me to sew doll clothes. Perhaps that's why Dorothy and I learned the love of sewing. While Dorothy and I were sewing, Gloria was interested in learning to ride the bicycle and was thrilled when she went flying down the dusty lane! We all had fun making mud pies and using our imagination to have fun and create these special memories. Thanks to Dorothy, she taught me the love of creating quilts; this hobby has brought me many hours of entertainment and fulfillment. I'll forever hold these memories in my heart and thank God He granted us, very close cousins, time to be together for many years.
her Life
Dorothy Linda (Lampe) Kerbs of Twin Falls, Idaho passed away on her birthday, February 8, 2021, at Cascadia of Boise.  

Dorothy was born in Twin Falls, Idaho to Hilda (Thaete) and LaVerne Lampe on February 8, 1947. Being a farm girl, along with her sister, Gloria, she learned how to work hard – whether it was picking rock in the fields or pulling corrugates for her father, or gardening and canning summer fruit alongside her mother. Dorothy attended Memorial Lutheran School and later graduated from Twin Falls High School. She also attended the University of Idaho, majoring in children’s literature.

Dorothy and I met at a Lutheran youth convention in August of 1963, after which I would be attending the University of Idaho in the fall. I’ll never forget our favorite song while we were dating - “The Twelfth of Never” by Johnny Mathis. During our courtship, I learned the country roads quite well driving between our homes in Rupert and Twin Falls, and we eventually married on August 27, 1966.

We started our family with three beautiful children and moved between Twin Falls and Nampa and back to Twin Falls during my career with Amalgamated Sugar Company. Dorothy was a loving wife and mother and raised her children in the Christian faith, to which she was most devoted.

Dorothy’s career was most impressive, both as a homemaker and for several years as a school librarian and library volunteer. Besides being a busy mother and gracious wife, Dorothy was a skilled seamstress, sewing many fine clothes for herself, our children, and others. During our many trips to Wisconsin Dorothy persuaded her grandsons to learn the basics of sewing which paid off, because they made several items for their Nanna and Poppa themselves and cute things for their dogs.

She was most content with a needle in her hand and a thimble on her finger, and she cherished the joy her handiwork brought to many. Our walls, couches, tables and beds were always adorned by her beautiful creations, and our children recall countless hours alongside their mother as she looked through countless patterns and measured out hundreds of yards of fabric.

An early onset of fibromyalgia only slightly held Dorothy back from enjoying life to the fullest. She was an exceptional cook and host, our beautiful yard was always full of blooms, and birds were always grateful for her hospitality. Dorothy adored her children and grandsons, appreciated the little things in life, loved a long conversation, and was always making to-do lists for herself and for me. Since it was her passion, our children grew up with music in their lives and there was always music playing in the background while she worked on projects.

After Dorothy took up quilting, it quickly became her most passionate hobby. Many surfaces in our home were dedicated to cutting fabric or storing pieces and batting, and every one of our road trips included visits to fabric and quilt stores. She led the quilt group at Our Savior Lutheran Church for many years, was passionate about getting others involved and feeling valued, and made sure this ministry served those greatest in need. Giving back was important to Dorothy and she was a humble servant for as long as I can remember.

She struggled her final three years of life due to complications from a brain surgery. We are deeply grateful for the teams who provided exceptional care and the countless cards, visits and well wishes from those we dearly love. During this time, my admiration for her only grew deeper. Honey - I’ll love you till the bluebells forget to bloom, and the clover has lost its perfume.

After a cherished marriage of 54 years, my beloved wife leaves me, Len Kerbs (Twin Falls, Idaho); our daughter Melanie Kerbs (Twin Falls, Idaho); son Darren Kerbs (Tacoma, Wash.); son Brian Kerbs, daughter-in-law Gayl Kerbs and grandsons Trenton and Austin Kerbs (Greenville, Wis.); and sister Gloria (Lampe) Lierman (Milpitas, Calif.).

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