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Dora A. Finley

Dora A. Finley, age 70, of Philip, died Friday morning, February 3, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Monday, Feb. 6, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip with Pastor Robert Oettel officiating. Graveside services were held Monday afternoon at the Hillview Cemetery in Isabel.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Dora’s grandsons, Eric and Connor. Pallbearers were Sonny, Jeff and Mark LaBeau, Sonny Newman, Rowdy Schuler and Scott Baye.

Dora A. Miller was born August 7, 1935 in Dupree, SD, the daughter of Frank and Esther (Drageset) Miller. She grew up on a farm near Isabel, graduating from Isabel High School. She then graduated from Northern State Teachers College. She taught rural school near Isabel.

Dora was united in marriage to Robert L. Finley on September 1, 1958 in Timber Lake, SD, and to this union were born two children, Doreen and Darin. They made their home in Isabel, where they built and operated the Finley Motel.

In 1971, they sold the motel and moved to Philip, where they have since resided. While in Philip, Dora worked in the housekeeping department at the Philip Health Services, a position she held until her death.

Dora was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip. She enjoyed gardening, baking, and crafts. She also enjoyed decorating for holidays and won first place in the Christmas decorating contest in Philip in December 2005.

Dora was very much loved and respected by her family and the community, and will be dearly missed.

Grateful for having shared her life include her husband, Robert L. Finley of Philip; a son, Darin Finley and his wife, Patricia, of Black Hawk; a daughter, Doreen Blanton and her husband, Tim, of Florissant, Colorado; two grandsons, Eric and Connor; two sisters, Bonita Ehly and her husband, Ben, of Timber Lake, and Shirley Peterson and her husband, Dennis, of Minneapolis, MN; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Dora was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Kay Nash.

A memorial is established. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com