Services for Doris Sherburne, Gillette, Wyo., formerly of Kadoka, S.D., were held May 16, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church in Gillette with Pastor Joel Wright officiating.
Interment followed at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Mrs. Sherburne, age 92, passed away at the Pioneer Manor on Sunday, May 13, 2012.
Doris Marian Elliott was born May 22, 1919 at Frederick to George and Mary Elliott. She graduated from Barnard Consolidated High School at Barnard in 1937. Doris received her bachelor of science degree in education from Northern State University at Aberdeen in 1941. She taught in the High School in Howard for two years and then spent a year in California doing office work at a manufacturing plant in Sunnyvale.
On July 12, 1944, she married John H. Sherburne at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas. She then worked in offices or had teaching positions as they moved to various military posts during John's time in the Army Air Corps during World War 11. In 1946, after John’s honorary discharge, they moved to Belvidere where Doris taught in the Belvidere High School. After a couple years there, they made the decision to move to the family farm where they lived until 1982 when she and John retired to Kadoka. She taught several years at the Wanblee Public School and Wanblee Day Schools. She and John had a very special, loving marriage for 50 years.
Doris was a member of the Wanblee Ladies Aid, served on the county library board for many years and was a 4-H leader. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star where she served as a Past Worthy Matron. She also belonged to the Tri County Senior Citizens organization. She organized community fundraising card parties for the American Heart Association for many years.
Doris loved to garden and always had the best vegetables and beautiful flowers. She enjoyed playing cards, reading, sewing, quilting, baking and crocheting. Each of her children and grandchildren received one of her beautiful crocheted afghans. Doris always had many wonderful Scottish-Irish sayings which delighted her grandchildren. She was a marvelous cook and enjoyed collecting and reading cookbooks. There was always room for one more around her table and always cookies in the cookie jar.
Doris is survived by four sons, Richard John (Bonnita) Sherburne of Omaha, Neb., Andrew George (Lana) Sherburne of Ft. Collins, Colo., Bruce Lee (Sally) Sherburne of Sioux Falls, and James Elliott (Marla) Sherburne of Kirksville, Mo.; two daughters, Sandra Kay (Dave) Olsen of Gillette, Wyo., and Susan Mary (Earland) Thompson of Riverton, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean Rahja of Aberdeen; two sisters-in-law, Mabel Clark of Armour and Isabelle Jacobson of Pierre; and many nieces and nephews, as well as other relatives and friends.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, John; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Betty Elliott; a sister, Evelyn Elliott; a brother-in-law, Gilbert Rahja; and two nephews, William Elliott Jr., and Todd VanDerWerff.
Memorial and condolences can be sent in her name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St. Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the Internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.