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Doris Sherburne

May 15, 2012 - Staff

Funeral services for Doris Sherburne, 92, of Gillette, mother of Susan Mary Thompson, of Riverton, are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the First Presbyterian Church in Gillette with Pastor Joel Wright officiating.

Interment follows at 2 p.m. in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2012 at Walker Funeral Home in Gillette.

Mrs. Sherburne died Sunday, May 13, at the Pioneer Manor.

Doris Marian Elliott was born May 22, 1919, at Frederick, S.D., to George and Mary Elliott.

She graduated from Barnard Consolidated High School at Barnard in 1937 and received her bachelor of science degree in education from Northern State University at Aberdeen, S.D., in 1941.

She taught in the high school in Howard, S.D., 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.

Mrs. Sherburne then worked in offices or had teaching positions as they moved to various military posts during Mr. Sherburne's time in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

In 1946, after Mr. Sherburne's honorary discharge, they moved to Belvidere, S.D., where Mrs. Sherburne taught in the Belvidere High School. After a couple of years there, they moved to the family farm where they lived until 1982 when the couple retired to Kadoka, S.D. She taught several years at the Wanblee public school and Wanblee day schools.

Mrs. Sherburne 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. Mrs. Sherburne organized community fundraising card parties for the American Heart Association for many years.

Her family said Mrs. Sherburne loved to garden, enjoyed playing cards, reading, sewing, quilting, baking, crocheting, cooking and enjoyed collecting and reading cookbooks.

Mrs. Sherburne is survived by four sons, Richard John Sherburne and his wife Bonnita of Omaha, Neb., Andrew George Sherburne and wife Lana of Fort Collins, Colo., Bruce Lee Sherburne and wife Sally of Sioux Falls, S.D., and James Elliott Sherburne and wife Marla of Kirksville, Mo.; two daughters, Sandra Kay Olsen and husband Dave of Gillette and Susan Mary Thompson and husband Earland of Riverton; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Jean Rahja of Aberdeen, S.D.; two sisters in-law, Mabel Clark of Armour, S.D., and Isabelle Jacobson of Pierre, S.D.; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Betty Elliott; a sister, Evelyn Elliott; a brother-in-law, Gilbert Rahja; two nephews, William Elliott Jr. and Todd VanDerWerff.

Memorials may be made in her name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716.

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