Dorothy Dennis, 84, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, March 15, 2019 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday at Mitchell Wesleyan Church. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service.
Dorothy Dennis (Mehlhaff) was born January 8, 1935 in Tripp, South Dakota. Her life started on the homestead farm the youngest of 3 daughters; parents being Edward and Bertha (Buchholz) Mehlhaff. She passed away on March 15, 2019 at the age of 84. She was able to live independently even with her ALS diagnosis until the last days of her life.
If you knew Dorothy you knew she was an extremely gifted seamstress and quilter. To her family she was an amazing mother and grandmother. She loved to entertain, garden and was a fabulous cook. She was famous for her German dishes. She was generous with her time and talents putting others before herself.
Dorothy worked in accounting at both Barry and Sons and Palace Motors in Mitchell until her early retirement at the age of 58. She married Lorin Dennis on January 1, 1984. Because of their early retirement; they were able to travel the world together. This included traveling to places such as Europe, China, Korea and Africa. They also motor-homed the entire United States. A big part of Dorothy’s life was volunteering for RVICS (Roving Volunteers In Christ Service). For 18 years through this program she was able to share her passions of sewing, quilting and cooking to help others.
She was a member of the Mitchell Wesleyan Church, was the church treasurer and on the board for many years.
The most important thing in Dorothy’s life was her family. Blessed to have shared her life are her three daughters Paula (Cliff) Vanderbush, Rapid City; Brenda (Paul Floren) Uttecht, Sioux Falls; Angela (Jeff) Leonard, Spearfish; her two step-daughters Julie (Scott) Phinney, Green Bay WI; Melanie (Greg) Doetzel , Sioux Falls; and her step-son Andrew Stanger, Minneapolis MN; her sister (and best friend) Florence Semmler; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Lorin, her parents, her sister and two step-daughters.
Families are like quilts…Lives pieced together – Stitched with smiles and tears, colored with memories and bound by love.