The funeral for Dorothy Stillson was held on Tuesday, April 10, at the First Lutheran Church in Britton. Rev. Terrill Sorensen officiated. Interment was in the Britton Cemetery under the direction of the Price Funeral Chapel of Britton.

Dorothy passed away at Avera-St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen at the age of 87 on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, six weeks to the day after her beloved husband Kenny’s death. Her family had been at her side the past few weeks, following surgery.

Dorothy Lucile Quist was born on June 26, 1930, in Langford to Harry W. and Ebba E. (Kroon) Quist. As a youngster, she grew up on a farm near Langford and attended country school before graduating from Langford High School in 1948. She continued her education at Northern in Aberdeen where she received her teaching credentials. Dorothy taught in rural Marshall County schools for the next few years.

On May 25, 1953, Dorothy was united in marriage with Kenneth Stillson of Britton. Right after their wedding, the couple moved to Texas, where Kenny was stationed during his tour of duty with the US Army. Following Ken’s honorable discharge, the couple moved to Britton and made it their home since that time.

In addition to being a fulltime wife and mother, Dorothy also served as secretary for the First Lutheran Church, administrative assistant to the Principal at Britton High School, and worked at the Super Valu.

Dorothy was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Britton where she served as a church organist for many years, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, was active in the Women of First, quilting group, and the noon Bible study. She also belonged to Britton Post #80 American Legion Auxiliary, the Hospital Auxiliary and was a volunteer for the Britton Area Hospice and Meals on Wheels.

Cooking, baking and canning were favorite pastimes of Dorothy’s. She was well known for her Swedish tea rings, lefse, and dill pickles, as well as anything made out of apples from their apple tree. That apple tree served as a touchstone for friends and neighbors to gather. Dorothy had an outgoing and very social personality. When Kenny served as Mayor of Britton, Dorothy was the consummate “First Lady,” as she had always been one of Britton’s greatest ambassadors. As a couple, she and Kenny were truly devoted to each other. It seems fitting that their leaving this world would only be a few short weeks apart.

Dorothy will be remembered as a faithful wife, a loving mother and grandmother, and a true friend to everyone she knew. Her smile and positive and upbeat attitude made her a joy to know. She had a deep and abiding faith in her Lord, and sought to live a Christ-like life of serving and loving others.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Rev. Patricia (Larry) Dietrich of Waco, TX, Rev. Kent (Holly) Stillson of Watertown, and Annette Stillson of Aberdeen, five grandchildren, Kevin (Mara) Stillson, Paul Stillson, Karise Stillson, Bethany Dietrich, and Brian Dietrich; a greatgranddaughter; two sisters, Donna Erickson of Rochester, MN, and Delores Anderson of Aberdeen; and a sister-in-law, Violet Quist of Aberdeen.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; a son, Wayne Stillson; her brother, Dale (Weona) Quist; and two brothers-inlaw, Dennis Erickson and Allen Anderson.

The family suggests that memorials be directed to the Britton Area Foundation, Box 415, Britton, SD 57430, or the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 183, Britton, SD 57430.

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Marshall County Journal

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