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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Dorothy Nielson

Dorothy Marie Nielson

Tuesday, October 21st, 1930 - Monday, April 26th, 2021
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Obituary

Borne to Providence on the wings of a life well lived. Dorothy Nielson died April 26, 2021.
Joining those loved ones who went before her.
She had been born October 21, 1930 the 6th child of 12 to her parents, Harry and Alzada
Hixon, on a farm in Spink County South Dakota near the town of Turton. On a Mellette
County farm she country schooled to the 8th grade and shared the hard work of a family
farm in the 1930s and 40s while also sharing a bedroom with six other sisters.
In 1948 as a young adult she found her way to Aberdeen and then Sioux Falls where
she sterilized surgical equipment for McKennan Hospital. Then, convinced by her sister
Irene, she transferred to Yankton where she met Merlyn Nielson. They were married in
November 1950 west of Midway in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. To them were born
five children.
She made a career of hard work. Spending 31+ years in the laundry department of
the State Hospital in Yankton becoming a supervisor, while raising children and also
working a second job at Gurney’s Nursery in the evenings. She continued other work
after retirement including 13 years for Casey’s General Store making donuts eventually
stopping in 2003 at age 72.
She cherished many friendships in life none more so than the one she developed with
a retired farmer named Elmer Lowe, whom Dorothy first met in 2000 at a dance. They
would share 15 wonderful years together. “The happiest of her life”
She is survived by her 5 children. Pam Gooby and friend Chip, Yankton; Steve and friend
Colleen, Irene; Stanley (Lyn), Chincoteague, VA; Corey and friend Brenda, Luverne, MN;
Todd and friend Bev, Sioux Falls. Also, her ex-husband & good friend Merlyn, Yankton,
5 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Sisters: Bonnie Marlow and Vicki Hixon.
Sister-in-law: Marion Hixon. And many loving nieces and nephews. Those that preceded
her to their union with God were her parents Harry and Alzada (Bymers) Hixon, siblings
Irene (Boylan) & Jim Nielson, Harry Hixon, Opal (Elmer) Wolff, Ruth (Lucky) Burr, Faye
Hixon, Robert (Dorothy) Hixon, Pat (LaWayne) Dobberpuhl, Jerri (Okie) Row, William (Bea)
Hixon, Vern Marlow and her beloved companion Elmer.
She will be laid to rest west of Midway, and join generations of Nielsons since they first
came to this prairie and found their way home to God.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    Address
    225 East Main Street
    IRENE, SD 57037
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  • Service

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 10:30am
    Location
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    Address
    225 East Main Street
    IRENE, SD 57037
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    Notes
    *The service will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/hansenfuneral
    Officiant
    Pastor Mark Ostrem
  • Interment

    Location
    Bethlehem Cemetery (South)
    Address
    438th Ave & 294th Street
    IRENE, SD 57037
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Linda Nickles

Posted at 08:45am
oh so many memories of Dorothy...working at HSC; living across the street from each other; taking care of Todd, Corey, along with Casey and Jenny (Pam's children) when they would go work at Gurneys after work. Dorothy's beautiful smile and laugh...always ready to share them. Condolences to all of the family. Hugs and love to all of you. Linda
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Ardis Moen

Posted at 01:10am
Dorothy was my godmother and always remembered me on my birthday with a $10.00 bill ( that was a lot of money then )😊. I’ll always remember her smile and laugh. Lovely, lovely lady ❤️
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