Lydella Dodd

Lydella Dodd


December 14, 1938 - May 15, 2024


Lydella Dodd, 85, of Mt. Vernon, SD, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Woonsocket, SD. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, May 21, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Lydella Mae Blevens Dodd was born December 14, 1938, in Mitchell, SD to Clyde and Lukea Batterman Blevens. She lived and attended school in Mitchell until the middle of seventh grade. She moved with her parents to a farm in Aurora County, south of Storla. She finished her elementary education at Hopper Elementary School graduating from eighth grade. She attended Mt. Vernon High School, graduating in 1956. Lydella received her Teaching Certificate from DWU and taught at county schools in Aurora and Davison Counties. She married her high school sweetheart, LeRoy Dodd, in February 1958. They farmed near his folks, George and Freda Dodd, and when his father retired, they moved onto the Dodd Farm and continued raising milk cows, feeder cattle, hogs, and chickens. She also continued working as a teacher’s aide for several years.

Lydella was a devoted child of God.  Her faith, her family and many friends uplifted and sustained her through a life filled with memories, beautiful music, paintings and arts and crafts.  A multi-talented person with a ready laugh and warm hug for anyone within her reach, those who knew her best will agree that what Lydella loved most was farming with LeRoy and raising her children.  If she really loved you, you were the beneficiary of one of her homemade blueberry pies or another delicious treat.

The community where she lived and loved was made even more special because of her service. She was active in church Circles, Bible Study, Vacation Bible School, and Sunday School. She sang in the choir and served on many committees. Lydella also sang alto in the singing group, “The Crossroads”, for twelve years traveling to churches and community events around the Mitchell area sharing music and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A wonderful memento of this time in her life is the recording they made of their triple trio voices for vinyl and cassettes.

Grateful to have shared her life are her husband, LeRoy, for 66 years; daughter, Patti and son-in-law, Mark Cornelius, and their family: Erik and Jeong Hyun and daughter, Ella Kwon Cornelius, of South Korea, Nate and Ashley and their two boys, Tobin and Adin Cornelius, of Texas, and Shay and Jonathan Cavender of Sioux Falls; and son, Brian and daughter-in-law, Susan, and their family: Gabrielle and Colin Nelson, Jesse Dodd and Hunter Dodd all of Mt. Vernon.

Gone before her are her parents, Clyde and Lukea Blevens; son, Ricky Roy Dodd; sister, Mary Helen Scott and brother-in-law Albert Scott; and brother-in-law, Royce Hetland. Remembering her today are her children, sister-in-law Adonna Hetland, and many nieces and nephews, including Daren Hetland and family, Brent Hetland and family, Marci Bartels and family, Tim Scott and family, Janeen Hildebrand and family, and Dan Scott and family.

Tributes or donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association


Monday, May 20, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, May 21, 2024
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Mt. Vernon Cemetery
Mt. Vernon, SD

Posted by Mary Webber on May 23, 2024
I'm saddened to learn of this loss. I did not know Lydella well, but she was married to my cousin, LeRoy, and as we all grow older, we often think more about our relatives more and mourn their loss. Condolences to you, LeRoy.
Posted by Michael Mayer on May 22, 2024
Sorry for your loss
Posted by Kim Gamber on May 21, 2024
Sincerest sympathies to you all.
Posted by Sharon Rehorst on May 20, 2024
Sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Delbert n Marie Peterson on May 20, 2024
Lydella always radiated the love of Jesus! She was beautiful on the inside n out! God bless the memories you hold dear n cherish.
Posted by Jerry Luckett and Cooper Ducheneaux on May 20, 2024
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Know that she is wrapped in the arms of Jesus and some day there will be a joyful reunion.
Posted by Tami Krogman on May 19, 2024
I am so sorry to Lydella's family for her loss!!
I worked with Lydella at Syncom, she was an amazing friend!!
Posted by Karen VanOverschelde on May 18, 2024
Susan and family so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to you and your family🙏
Posted by Tim , Colleen Helling on May 18, 2024
Our deepest sympathies!
Posted by Jack Earl on May 18, 2024
My sympathy. I will always remember or talks and how kind she was for the time I was there working for her and her family.. My prayers are with you.
Posted by Jack Earl on May 18, 2024
My sympathy. I will always remember or talks and how kind she was for the time I was there working for her and her family.. My prayers are with you.
Posted by Deb Ryks on May 17, 2024
Years ago, Lydella and I drove to Aberdeen to meet the Precious Moments Eugene Freedman. We both had a love for Precious Moments. It is a special memory I have of her. She was a special lady. I'm sorry for your loss.
Posted by Deb and Todd Hofer on May 17, 2024
We are so very sorry for your loss of a wonderful loving special lady that will be missed so very much. Sending love and prayers to the family. ❤️🙏 many memories to cherish of her..❤️
Posted by Charlie and Darlene Bailey on May 17, 2024
Sorry for your loss Prayers to the family
Posted by Elwin Hohn on May 16, 2024
My deepest sympathy to all, may God grant you strength through this difficult time.
Posted by Larry and Penny Hohn on May 16, 2024
Our hearts ache . She was truly a wonderful person and will be missed. So sorry for your loss.
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