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Doris M. Jeffries

Doris Mae Jeffries, age 79, of Quinn, SD, died Monday evening at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Friday, July 21, at the United Church of Christ in Dupree, with Pastor Fay Garreau and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Ushers were Jim Jeffries, Ron Jeffries and Bob Jeffries. Music was provided by Butch Samuelson (prelude/postlude pianist), special music by Fay and Karen Garreau, "How Great Thou Art", Misti Hunt, "Go Rest High On That Mountain" and "The Old Rugged Cross".

Pallbearers were Mark and Juan Garrett, Butch Samuelson, Greg and Gary Fisher and Justin Day.

Interment was in the Dupree Cemetery.

Doris Mae Day was born in Dupree, SD, on April 6, 1927, the daughter of Delbert C. Day and Bernice (Griffith) Day. Doris was educated in rural Ziebach county and graduated from Dupree High School in 1945. While going to high school in Dupree, Doris boarded with the Rev. Sam and Mrs. Cushing. They were very influential and helpful following the loss of her mother.

Doris attended Springfield Normal Teachers College where she received her teaching certificate. She taught at rural schools in Ziebach County.

Doris' mother passed away on March 26, 1945, in childbirth. This left the family with several small children including a newborn. Doris's father traveled shearing sheep and Doris kept the children with her while she taught.

Doris was united in marriage to Robert Oakley Jeffries on May 22, 1947, at Timber Lake, SD, and they raised her siblings together, beginning her life's work as a caregiver. It was a role she cherished very much. Doris kept her house and yard in immaculate condition and her homes were always beautifully decorated. She still canned every year giving her treasures to family and friends. She took great pride in her appearance and was always "done up".

The theme of her life was giving, caring and loving. She had a generous heart and gave to us all. It is not what you take with you when you go but what you leave behind. We all have her spirit in our hearts.

In their 59 years of marriage, Doris and Bud moved many times living in Dupree, Faith, Eagle Butte, Provo, Edgemont, and Milesville, SD, Washington, Wyoming and Montana.

Grateful for having shared Doris's life are her husband, Bud of Quinn; three daughters, Janie (Lee) McLean, Lake Elsinore, CA, Julie (Gary) Nixon, Philip, SD, Joy (Rodney) Bull, Dayton, WY, two sons, Zane (Beth), Milesville, SD, Kevin (Julie), Rapid City, SD, 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bud (Iris) Day, Meadow, SD, Kenny (Debbie) Day, Howes, SD, and Sammy (Jlyn) Day, Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Helen (Dale) Packer and Mary (Dick) DeYoe, Belle Fourche, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Doris was preceded in death by her mother, father, two brothers, Lloyd Alvin "Tiny" Day and a brother in infancy, a sister, Bernice, and a granddaughter, Rhian Caywood.

A memorial has been established. Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip, SD. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com