Cambridge - Dolores A. “Dode” Wilson, 92, of Cambridge, formerly of Thief River Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West.
A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at United Methodist Church in Thief River Falls with Rev. Rob Kopp officiating. Casket bearers will be Dode’s grandchildren. Interment will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
A visitation/prayer service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Strike Funeral Home, Cambridge Chapel, with Rev. Philip Schmidt officiating and also one hour prior to the service at the church in Thief River Falls.
Dolores Ariel Wilson was born Sept. 28, 1921 to Charles and Rose (Zavoral) Votava in Thief River Falls. She was raised in Thief River Falls and graduated from Lincoln High School. On Oct. 10, 1942, she married Irvin James Wilson in Chicago, Ill. Dode was a homemaker and raised their six children in Thief River Falls. She served as a leader in Cub Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts. She was deeply involved in Eastern Star and Job's Daughters, as well as helped Irvin in Elks Club, Masons and the American Legion Club.
Dode served her church all her life in many ways, including teaching Sunday School and serving Communion; and volunteered twice a week at the hospital in CNC and the gift shop for over twenty years. She worked at Halls Flower Shop and the family businesses, Wilson Sports Centre and Plamor Bowling Alley. Dode was an accomplished artist and won a couple of contests for her oil paintings.
Dode will be remembered by her six children, David C. Wilson of Rochert, Diane R. Danielson of Warba, Roger I. (Dorothy) Wilson of St. Cloud, Rocky E. (Becky) Wilson of Cambridge, Arlene D. (Steve) Furuseth of Rochert, Barbara E. (Dan Kuhl) Wilson of Ely; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joyce and Gene Gunstenson of Meadowlakes, Texas; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Dode was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Irvin; brother, Robert Votava; sisters, Adeline Kane, Vivian Forbes, Evelyn Duppenthaler; sons-in-law, Norman Tunheim and Dan Kuhl.