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.
Leila was united in marriage to William H. Dithmer on February 4, 1944, in Kadoka. After their marriage, they lived for a few years in Mellette County assisting Leila’s parents on their ranch while Leila’s brother was serving in the war. After the war they moved to Washabaugh County where they made their home on the original Dithmer home site. Leila resided on the ranch until 2003 when she moved into the Gateway Apartments in Kadoka. Leila also built a home in Kadoka where she lived during the week when her children were in high school. In 2005 she moved to Spearfish where she has since resided.
Grateful for having shared her life are one son, Bill Dithmer and his wife, Belinda, of Wanblee; two daughters, Claudia Little and her husband, Dave, of Spearfish, and LaDonna Cope and her husband, Bob, of Colstrip, Mont.; grandchildren, Carsi Padrnos, Tavis Little, BJ Cope, Bobby Cope, Amanda Johnson, and Michael Watts; great-grandchildren, Jira and Max Padrnos, Cash and Clara Cope, and Chase, Corbin and Noah Johnson; one sister, Fern Lindskov of Doland; and a host of dear nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Bill; her parents, Claude and Minnie Collins; and her brother, Glen Collins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 12, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Interment was at the Kadoka Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com