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Mavis Marie (Anderson) Dorsey

March 16, 1931 ~ February 8, 2018 (age 86)
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Mavis (Anderson) Dorsey, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2018, with family by her side, at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. Her memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Redfield. Reverend Marty Toepke-Floyd will officiate. A committal service will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.   Visitation will be prior to the service, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Eastern Star Chapel.  Hyke Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.  (

Mavis Marie Anderson was born March 16, 1931 in Hyde County to Mary Ellen (Gunderson) Anderson and Oscar Peter Anderson. She grew up with her parents and brother, Harold, on their ranch 22 miles north of Highmore, SD. Mavis earned a Bachelor of Arts in primary education with a minor in music. After college, she taught in Redfield, SD and Ortonville, MN. Mavis loved an adventure, and in the 1950s she traveled across the USA and even into pre-revolution Cuba. In the 1990s, she explored her ancestry in Scotland and then the Pacific: Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

Mavis and William E. Dorsey were married September 18, 1960. She and Bill raised their three children, John, Mary and Roger, in Redfield. Mavis supported Bill in their Ben Franklin Store, serving the community for over 50 years. Mavis was a loyal PEO sister, a member of the United Methodist Church and choir, American Legion, Order of the Eastern Star and a dedicated volunteer to many other local causes and organizations. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and husband. Mavis is survived by her children, John Dorsey (Lisa), Rapid City, SD; Mary Dorsey Streed (Mark), Eagan, MN; and Roger Dorsey (Polly), Lake Tomahawk, WI and her grandchildren Christina, Jackson, David, Sarah, John, Forrest and Grace.

Mavis was a kind, strong and loving person. Positive and pro-active, she never stopped learning and being curious about God's world. She loved tending to her gardens and sharing the harvest. Mavis never ceased being the natural-born teacher she was. She guided and encouraged her children to be the best they could be with a heartfelt exhortation of "be a good citizen" and "make it a good day" being her daily wish and reminder.

Mavis was dedicated to her grandchildren, who were the apples of her eye, and they all knew how much she loved them. She taught them, too, how to be good citizens. Mavis was a quietly effective, lead-by-example, role model to all.  And the world was a much better place because she was in it.

Her family extends their deep appreciation and thanks to her neighbors, friends and the staff at the Eastern Star who attended to, and cared for, Mavis so well. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Redfield school music program. 

Donations may be made to:

Redfield Public School - Music Program
502 E 2nd Street, Redfield SD 57469
Tel: 1-605-472-4520

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