Edith Dorene Tollefson was born October 21, 1917, at Newell, SD, to Harry and Fern (Holdren) Adams. She attended schools at Vale and graduated from Vale High School. She married Lyle Tollefson November 20, 1935, in Belle Fourche. They farmed in Sanborn County and Hanson County and then moved to Mount Vernon in 1950. She had been a resident of Mitchell since 2005.
She worked at the Mount Vernon School in the lunchroom and was a Nurse’s Aide at the Storla Sunset Home. She always had a large garden, loved flowers and taught her children to make bread and can. She also loved music and playing the piano. She was a wonderful mom.
She is survived by four sons: Darrell (Dee Dee) Tollefson of Sioux Falls; Garry (Sally) Tollefson of Mount Vernon; Herbert Tollefson of Sioux Falls; Eugene (Kathy) Tollefson of Parkston; two daughters: Gloria Ann (Mel) Tuffs of Mount Vernon; Dorene (Richard) Polz of Jackson, MN and daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Tollefson of Mitchell; thirty-five grandchildren, sixty-four great-grandchildren and twenty great- great- grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lyle in 2004, one son, Randall Tollefson, one daughter, Martha Hanson, a brother, Everett Adams and a twin brother, Donald Adams, two grandsons, Herb Tollefson Jr. and Michael Polz, one great-grandson, Jason Tollefson, one great-granddaugher, Stephanie Lyman and a son-in-law, Jim Hanson.