Leila Dithmer, age 92 of Spearfish, S.D., formerly of Wanblee and Kadoka, died Sunday, September 9, 2012, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center in Spearfish.
Leila Mae Collins was born June 17, 1920, in Mellette County, the daughter of Claude and Minnie (Hennings) Collins. She grew up and received her education in rural schools in Mellette County, graduating from Belvidere High School in 1937. After graduation, Leila attended college at Southern Normal in Springfield, where she earned her teacher’s certificate. She taught school in Mellette County for seven years.