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Dorothy J. Vaughn

Dorothy Jane Vaughn was born to George and Clara Belle Bennett in Gregory, South Dakota on March 7, 1914. She passed away in the Burke Community Memorial Hospital on December 1st, 2008 at the age of 94 years, 8 months and 25 days.

Dorothy married Dallas Vaughn on July 9, 1931 in Winner. They lived in rural Gregory and Tripp County for many years before moving to Gregory in 1952 and to Dallas in 1968. In 1998, she moved to Parkview Manor and then in April 2007, she moved to Whispering Pines Assisted Living in Burke.

Family was always the focal point of Dorothy's life. She enjoyed her early years growing up with five sisters and one brother. Her family shared many hours of work and play together. The farm always gave them something to do.

After starting her life with Dallas, they raised two girls and ten boys. Times were hard but she always put her family first and taught her children the value of a days work. Her children now wonder just how many loafs of bread she made in her life. After the family had grown, Dorothy loved having them come home on Saturday night for great visits and a couple of hands of pitch.

Dorothy's interests included cooking, gardening, playing cards, visiting and finding out how family and extended family were doing. She took so much pride in hearing about each and every one of her family members and grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter Belle Ravellette of Philip, nine sons; Donald (Lue) of Colome, Leo (Melva) of Redfield, Derald (JoAnn) of Burke, Lloyd (Sally) of Mitchell, Merle (Claudia) of Mitchell, James (Judy) of Golden, CO, Jerry (Bev) of Burke, Dennis (Cindy) of Dallas, Randy (Jean) of Newell and a son-in-law Fred Fode of Oracle, AZ. She has 23 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren, 38 great-great-grandchildren, one sister Audrey Craven and one sister-in-law Dorothy Bennett both of Iowa and extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Dallas, a son Billy, a daughter Lois Fode. a son-in-law Les Ravellette, two great-grandsons, Dexter and Cody, one brother George Bennett, and four sisters Lila (Orlin) Sorber , Buelah (Emanual) Schrader, Pearl (Edwin) Sorber, Bonnie (Marvin) Fairchild, one sister-in-law and five brother-in-laws.

She will be remembered for her cooking ability. Her caramel and cinnamon rolls were the best. This love for baking found her work at Stukels Corner Café, Sportmans Supper club, Green Thumb, and senior nutritional meals at Dallas.

Prayer Services were held at the Kotrba's Funeral Home in Gregory at 7:00 on December 5. Memorial Services was held on December 6, 2008 at the Methodist Church in Burke, South Dakota. After the services, burial was at the IOOF Cemetery in Gregory, SD.