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Doris A. Plahn

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Doris A. Plahn

Doris Alberta Engelson was born August 30, 1918 in Rock County, Minnesota to parents Roy and Bessie (Kuiper) Engelson. She attended country schools in Rock and Minnehaha Counties, and was a 1936 graduate of Garretson High School. Doris was employed after high school in housekeeping for various families in Sioux Falls, and as a clerk for Montgomery Ward.

On December 3, 1940 Doris was united in marriage at Beaver Creek, Minnesota to Donald Eugene, son of Jurgen and Olianna (Olson) Plahn of Garretson. They resided in Sioux Falls, locating to a rural Garretson property farmed by Doris' parents. They made their home at his parents' farm in Section 5 of Edison Township west of Garretson, where they remained for most of their lives. Doris was active in family farming, whether milking cows, tending to laying hens, butchering chickens, or gardening and processing bountiful produce. Running the family household, raising seven children, and nurturing generations of grandchildren were a lifelong labor of love.

Doris and Donald wintered in Sun City, Arizona for many of their retirement years until Donald's passing in 1997. Doris resided at Edgewood Vista senior apartments in Sioux Falls since 2003. Doris' delightful demeanor endured and she will be best remembered by family and friends for aptly preparing wonderful and plentiful meals, cookies jars filled with love, and story time on Grandma's lap.

Doris passed away at age 98 years on December 25, 2016 at Palisades Manor in Garretson SD after a brief illness. She is survived by her sister Elaine Pomeroy, St. Croix Falls WI, and children: Sharon (Grant) Kringen, Garretson; Barbara (Steven) Lemke, Paullina IA; Mary Koehler Grand Forks, ND; Donald (Deborah Beers) Plahn, Jasper MN; Jill (James) Willers Luverne MN; James (Beth Engebretson) Plahn, Garretson, SD; Darcy (Royal) Ellefson, Garretson SD. Doris was blessed with 24 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband and 3 infant children, (David, deceased shortly after birth and twin girls deceased at birth), brothers LeRoy and Marvin Engelson, one grandson, and two great-grandsons.

A celebration of life will be held at the family farm in 2017, with burial and private service at Norway Cemetery, rural Garretson.

Memorials may be directed to a local .
Published in The Argus Leader on Dec. 28, 2016
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