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Dorothy Brumm

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Dorothy Brumm

Dorothy Brumm, 97, passed away peacefully on February 19 at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD. Born Dorothy Mae Gibbons on April 6, 1918 in Rochester, Minnesota, she graduated from Rochester High School in 1935 and as a registered nurse from Rochester's Kahler School of Nursing in 1939. She practiced nursing at Methodist Hospital, and was later named to the staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She retired from Mayo Clinic in 1965.

Dorothy married Samuel Crawford of Rochester in 1939, and they had two children, Larry and Denise. Sam died in 1962. Dorothy married Pete Leaders of St. Cloud in 1965; Pete died in 1982. In 1985 she married George Brumm of Rochester. She once again became a widow in 1996.

Throughout her childhood and adult years, Dorothy enjoyed spending many summers on Lake Sylvia and on Leaf Lake in northern Minnesota. She traveled across the United States, Mexico, and Australia until well into her 80s, visiting family and friends. Always fun-loving and the life of the party, Dorothy enjoyed playing piano and tennis, and spoiling her little dogs Happy and Pepper.

Dorothy moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 2007 to be closer to her sister Donna Moehnke and Donna's family. She lived at Prairie Creek Lodge, Prairie Creek Assisted Living, and resided for the past three years at Good Samaritan Village.

Dorothy is survived by her children Larry Crawford of Durango, CO and Denise Ayshford of Woodbury, MN. She was preceded in death by brothers Donald and Stan Gibbons, and grandson Anthony Ayshford. She is survived by her sister Donna Moehnke; six grandchildren: Amy Crouch of Woodbury, MN; Cindy James, Kim Tucker, and Melissa Dastrup, all of Durango, CO; Sarah Campbell of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Katie Crawford of Salt Lake City, UT; eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, including Lonnie, Rory and Terry Moehnke, Linda Haugan, and Brenda Jorgensen.

A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 26 at the First United Methodist Church, 401 South Spring Ave., Sioux Falls, SD, followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Dorothy's memory to the Mayo Clinic Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota.

Published in The Argus Leader on Feb. 24, 2016
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