Dorothy Naomi Edzards was born on March 8, 1919 in Heil, North Dakota to Garney and Mary Isabelle (Worthen) Hargan. Dorothy was the fourth and last child joining brothers Vernon, Kenneth and Donald. The family soon moved to Spencer, SD and a few years later they moved to Farmer, SD and lived in several different homes near Farmer. Dorothy graduated from Farmer High School in 1937 and was honored as the Valedictorian of her class.
On October 31, 1938 Dorothy married Fred W. Edzards of Emery, SD. As the story goes, Fred and Dorothy were in Iowa along with Dorothy’s family visiting the Hargan relatives. At some point Fred and Dorothy made their way to Nashua, Iowa in hopes of getting married. They first needed to procure a marriage license at the county courthouse. Fred paid a Fuller Brush salesman $5.00 to be their witness. Fred and Dorothy were then married at the “Little Brown Church” in Nashua. The minister played the organ and the minister’s wife and daughter served as the attendants. Following the wedding, Fred and Dorothy rejoined Dorothy’s family and returned to South Dakota. However, they didn’t tell anyone for two weeks. After the public announcement Fred and Dorothy moved in together on a farm near Plano, SD.
After a couple of years they moved to the Edzards family farm 3 miles north of Emery and made their home there for many years. Dorothy was baptized in the First Baptist Church of Emery and was very active in church ministries. She was a member of the King’s Daughters women’s group and later the Women’s Missionary Society. Dorothy was an avid student of the Bible and passed along her knowledge by teaching Sunday School (into her 80’s) and Vacation Bible School; she also hosted an ecumenical women’s Bible study in her home for many years. Dorothy also served on the church board. Dorothy had a special interest in Missions and hosted numerous missionaries in her home over the years.
Dorothy was an avid letter writer keeping in touch with both sides of the family. Fred and Dorothy counted it a special joy in their retirement years to visit every niece and nephew traveling as far as Alaska and Hawaii to do it. They visited many other relatives along the way.
The Lord blessed Dorothy and Fred with three sons, Paul, Daniel and Mark. When the boys were grown, Dorothy began working as a nursing assistant at the Diamond Care Nursing Home in Bridgewater, SD. In 1988 Fred and Dorothy moved to town. Dorothy lovingly cared for Fred who developed Alzheimer’s disease dying on August 25, 1991. In May of 2008 Dorothy moved to Wessington Springs, SD to be closer to family. In August of 2009 Dorothy moved into the Weskota Manor Avera nursing home in Wessington Springs.
Dorothy enjoyed many wonderful times with her grandsons, Matthew, Michael and Ethan playing table games and attending numerous Christmas programs, concerts and graduations.
Dorothy is succeeded by sons: Paul (Virginia) Edzards, Crystal River, FL, Dan (Rita) Edzards, Wessington Springs, SD and Mark (Donna) Edzards, Newport News, VA; grandsons: Matthew & Ethan Edzards of Sioux Falls, SD and Michael (Erin) Edzards, Gainesville, FL, step-grandchildren: Christopher (Melissa) Cobb, Ocala, FL, Tomasine (Thomas) Kennedy, Beverly Hills, FL, Ashley Cobb, Citrus Springs, FL, Eric (Trisha) Scrivner, Decatur, AR; step-great grandchildren: Danielle & Christian Cobb, Ethan & Genevieve Kennedy, Thomas & Alexandria Cobb, April & Thomas Scrivner and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, her parents and her brothers.