Elaine Dougherty

Elaine Dougherty


September 21, 1932 - March 11, 2023


Elaine Dougherty, 90, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls. A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 22, from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Burial will be at a later date at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell.

Elaine Ellen Dougherty was born September 21, 1932, in Mitchell, SD to Fred and Elizabeth Hendricksen.

She graduated from Mitchell High School and received her RN degree from the Methodist School of Nursing in Mitchell. Elaine spent her entire nursing career at Methodist Hospital in Mitchell. Elaine married Robert Dougherty on January 5, 1953. Elaine also attended Mitchell Vocational Technical School to pursue a talent in cake decorating.

Elaine and Robert loved to go camping, especially in the Black Hills. Family was everything to Elaine and many summer vacations were spent visiting them on family camping trips to the West Coast. Elaine was very talented at baking, and eventually ran a side business making and decorating cakes. Many people in Mitchell had their birthday or wedding cake from Elaine’s kitchen. Her most proud accomplishment was being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to family that all knew her as their Hummy.

Elaine is survived by her daughter, Janet (Ron) Bainbridge, Mitchell, SD; sons, James (Mary) Dougherty, Des Moines, IA, Jeff (Stacy) Dougherty, Sioux Falls, SD, and Jon (Judy) Dougherty, Sutherland, IA; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, three sisters, and two grandchildren, Brittany and Thomas.


Wednesday, March 22, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Jane Amick on March 24, 2023
Our family has so many good memories of Elaine. She was a great nurse and we had many of her cakes for our special occasions through the years. My Mom Ruth and Elaine were friends from the nursing days. Our sympathy to her family, she loved you all so much.
Posted by Debra Hohn on March 21, 2023
My sincere sympathies to her family.
Posted by Linda Bortel Shaneyfelt on March 19, 2023
Sorry for your loss..Bob and Elaine were family friends in the 60’s. They worked at ME hospital with my mom. My sympathy to the family.
Posted by Sarah Rokusek Wiseman on March 19, 2023
Jeff, Jon and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I have many memories of both your folks, growing up down the street from you.
Posted by Lisa and Craig Tischler on March 17, 2023
Janet and family, so very sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Barb Ewing on March 16, 2023
Janet and family, I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.,
Posted by Shawn Frey on March 16, 2023
Elaine was a master at cake decorating. I had 3 professional instructors attempt to teach me to make roses and failed. Elaine took 5 minutes to teach me to make beautiful roses and I was always grateful for the time she took to teach me that skill. Super lady- super craftsman!
Posted by Rod and Bobbi Schurz on March 15, 2023
Sorry for your loss, Janet and family. May she Rest in Peace and be happily reunited with family and friends🙏.
Posted by LaMont & Sheryl Kucker on March 15, 2023
I will always remember the vacation Bob and Elaine took me on when I was 7. We went to the west coast. Elaine also made our wedding cake almost 51 years ago. Blessed be her memory ❤️
Posted by Nancy Kelly on March 15, 2023
Elaine was one of my Mom’s Best friends-they started out as classmates at Methodist school of Nursing in 1950, Elaine was ALWAYS there to encourage my Mom to succeed-true loyal friend!! Mom always said Elaine was a GREAT RN & best “diagnostician”!!! I tried to visit her on my trips home & was ALWAYS welcomed!! RIP Elaine!! Hugs & prayers to Janet, Jim, Jeff & Jon and families!! She LOVED y’all & especially those grands!!!❤️❤️🙏
Posted by Shirley( Hendricksen) Wilfong on March 14, 2023
So sorry to hear of Elain's passing,she was my sister-in-law,altho had'nt seen her for somtime.My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Posted by Terry & Deb Geske (Hendricksen) on March 14, 2023
Sorry to hear of Elaine's passing.It has been years since we had visited her at her home,but had a pleasant visit.
Our deepest sympathies & prayers.
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