of Midland, South Dakota, died on Saturday, December 7, 2002 at her home north of Midland at the age of 84
Dorothy Violet Whisler was born January 6, 1918, in Midland, South Dakota, the tenth child of Eugene and Irene (Powell) Whisler.
She attended school at the Phoeba Rural School near her home and graduated with honors from Midland High School in 1935.
She attended the State Normal School at Aberdeen, South Dakota and she taught at the Deadman Rural School west of Philip.
Dorothy became ill and returned to the family home where she remained until her death.
Her sense of humor, her cheerful disposition, and her courageous smile will be missed by all that knew her.
Graveside services for Dorothy V. Whisler, age 84, of Midland was held 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, at the Midland Cemetery, with Pastor Dan Carlson officiating.
Survivors include her beloved sister and caregiver Mary Whisler of Midland; a brother Lisle Whisler of Mason City, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Glen, Lee, and Oren Whisler; and four sisters, Grace Doud, Hazel Gorseth, Essie McKean, and Goldie Whisler.
When the soft mild days are returning.
And the birds begin to cheer
For the sunny warm spring wealth
And the cloudless days so dear,
Then my blood begins to boil,
And I long to bend my tracks,
For dear old South Dakota
When the bluebells are coming back.
You can have your hothouse flowers,
In their artificial rows;
And the long shadowy green house,
Where those hothouse darlings grow,
But let me have the sunshine, and
Just let me bend my tracks
Toward the state of South Dakota,
When the bluebells all come back.
O, There’s something about that flower,
Raises a lump up in my breast;
They’re so tender, sweet and fragrant,
It makes me think of the last long rest;
When I have received the summons
And know that I must die,
I want no hothouse flowers,
Put bluebells where I lie.
- Dorothy Whisler
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Midland Cemetery in Midland