Dolores "Dollie" Wilkerson
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Dollie attended grade school in the country and then in Oelrichs, where she graduated from High School as salutatorian in 1932. She attended Black Hills Commercial College in Rapid City, SD, graduated and returned to Oelrichs where she worked in the Post Office. She married Floyd Wilkerson in 1934 at Blue Bell, SD. In 1937 they moved to Oelrichs where Floyd was School Superintendent and Dollie was active in the schools and community. Here their two daughters, Floydene and Judy, were born.
After World War II they moved to Huron, SD where they lived for 12 years. They returned to the Black Hills in 1974 and then to Oelrichs, SD where they lived for 10 years. Here Dollie was a charter member of the Historical Society and helped in writing the Centennial History of Oelrichs, "In the Shadow of the Butte".
Dollie was a devoted homemaker and mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She has been a teacher, secretary, Past Queen of Daughters of the Nile, Ismah Temple #119, Deadwood, SD; past Matron of Capital City O.E.S. Pierre, SD and a member of Golden Links #14, O.E.S. Rapid City, SD. Past member of Toastmistress International, National Secretaries Association, SD Nurses Association, a lifetime member of the Methodist Church, Sunday school teacher, and United Methodist Women Organization where she held several local and district offices. Dollie moved to Prescott, AZ in 2006. On June 3rd, 2013, she moved to The Good Samaritan Society Luther Manor in Sioux Falls, SD.
Dollie was a woman of God and a woman of faith. She taught those who knew her how to live each day to its fullest through her kind, gentle and peaceful spirit. Dollie saw the best in everyone and inspired those with her spoken and written words. She was a true blessing to all who were fortunate to have her in their lives and she will be deeply missed.
Survivors include her daughters, Floydene Bohlen, Minneapolis, MN; Judy (Milton) Schwartz, Prescott, AZ; five grandchildren: Bradley (Holly) Bohlen, St. Joseph, MN; Brenda (John) Rogers, Mound, MN; Nancy (Tony) Frattarola, Las Vegas, NV; John (Karen) Schwartz, Sioux Falls, SD; and Steven (Melissa) Schwartz, Denver, CO. Nine great grandchildren: Gretchen and Betsy Baer, Luke Rogers, Jillayne and Kara Bohlen, Jack and Samantha Schwartz, Ben and Emily Schwartz; and many other relatives and friends from many areas. She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd, her parents, and four brothers, Robert, Nathaniel, Dean and Donald.
Interment will be next to her husband in Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City, SD.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, on Saturday, August, 3rd, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 401 S. Spring Ave., Sioux Falls, SD. www.chapelhillfuneralhome.com
Published in The Argus Leader on June 23, 2013