Obituaries Doris Winters

Doris Mathilda Lind Winters died peacefully early Wednesday morning, Aug. 31, 2005 in Houston, TX. Mrs. Winters was born June 17, 1921, in Clay County, South Dakota, the eldest child of Eric and Gladys Lind. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Gayle Elton Winters, her parents Eric and Gladys, and brother-in-law, Chris Anderson.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Gay and Dean Zimmerman of Houston, TX; son and daughter-in-law Elton and Patsy Winters of Lone Tree, CO; three grandchildren, Jenifer Z. Deakin and her husband Jim, of East Greenwich, RI; and Pat and Nic Winters of Denver, CO; two great-grandchildren, James Dean and Ashton Claire Deakin; her sister, Polly Anderson of Alexandria, MN, her aunt Rachel Hult of Omaha, NE and her sister-in-law Carol Byerly of Lemmon.

She is also survived by her niece, Penny, Penny's husband Greg and their two sons, Grant, his wife Mindy and Mark; her nephew Chris Anderson, his daughter Tina and her family and son Dusty and his family; her nephew Mark and his wife Delaine; the Foss family of Lemmon and Willams family of Britton, many friends and her cousins and their spouses.

Doris entered into the priesthood of believers through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism as a young girl in Dalesburg. She confirmed her faith at Komstad Covenant Church in 1935 and graduated from Centerville High School in 1939. She received a bachelor of arts degree and master of arts degree from the University of South Dakota and was married to Gayle Winters at Dalesburg Lutheran Church in 1945. Doris and Gayle lived all their married life in Vermillion. Doris taught school in DeSmet, Gayville, Union County and Vermillion. For the last five years she lived in Houston, TX, with Gay and Dean Zimmerman.

Doris was an avid reader, lector, and poet, as well as a student of the lives and careers of Sir Lawrence Olivier and Laura Ingels Wilder. She wrote and directed elementary school plays, directed high school drama, and performed in liturgical drama at Trinity Lutheran Church where she also taught Sunday school and served as Sunday school superintendent. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Just-To-Be Club, president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, member of the Chi Omega Mothers' Club, president of the Women of the ELCA and served on the Fairview School Board.

The visitation and funeral was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. The visitation was Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral was Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Judy Johnson presiding, Pastor James Boline, assisting minister and cantor and Pastor Gregory Hall, preacher.

Instead of flowers, memorials are requested for the worship and music ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home.

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