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Dorothy Cockrell

Dorothy Cockrell, age 78, of Huron, died on Friday, November 5, 2010, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home.  Her funeral service was at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 9th, at the Kuhler Funeral Home with Rev. Janice Palmer officiating.  Burial was in the Bonilla Cemetery.   The family prefers memorials be made to the Bonilla Presbyterian Church.

Dorothy June Cockrell was born as Dorothy June Hamilton on November 17, 1931, to Alvin “Cuffie” and Mary (Wilbur) Hamilton in Olivet, South Dakota.  The Hamilton family moved to Beadle County in 1933.  Dorothy graduated from Bonilla High School in 1949 and was a member of the Bonilla Presbyterian Church.

On October 28, 1950, Dorothy married Donald Patrick Cockrell in Huron, South Dakota.  They lived in many places (Huron, Lead, Redfield and Tulare, South Dakota and briefly in California), but 24 of those years were spent in Redfield, where Dorothy was employed at the Redfield State Hospital & School.  At the time of her retirement in 1988, Dorothy moved to Huron where she resided at the time of her death.

Dorothy will be remembered by family and friends as a spunky, adventurous lady.  She loved keeping close to family via email; loved music of all kinds, reading, traveling, going to movies and working on the “family tree.”

She is survived by two sons, Randy Cockrell of Watertown, South Dakota and Doug Cockrell of Huron, South Dakota; two daughters, Vicki (Mike) Berg of Grangeville, Idaho and Angela (Mark) Bohannon of Grandview, Missouri; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Rollie Hamilton of Plant City, Florida; four sisters: Gladys (Cleo) Johnston, Donna Mae (Alfred) Hall, and Joanne Hamilton all of Huron, South Dakota and Ardis (John) Lange of Knoxville, Tennessee; and aunt and uncle, Faye & Dean Waddington of Redfield, South Dakota.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1988; two brothers, Vernon and Donald Hamilton; and two sisters, Genevieve (in infancy) and Janice (Frank) Carey. 

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