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Doris R. Michaels
May 29 1919 - Feb 22 2011
Doris R. Michaels

     Funeral services for Doris Roberta Michaels, age 91, of Watertown, SD, will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Crawford Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Rev. Stephen Lauricella will officiate. Music will be provided by Marcia Jelsma as organist and Kathy Alwin as soloist. Doris passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at a care center in Watertown. She was the widow of William H. B. "Bill" Michaels.



     Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Watertown. Pallbearers will be: Jeff Michaels, Todd Michaels, Steve Michaels, and Rob Michaels. 


     Visitation will be on Tuesday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel. The family is requested to meet on Tuesday by 1:30 p.m. for a prayer service.


     Doris was born on May 29, 1919, in Clark, SD to Bert and Mabel (Zimmer) Smith. She graduated from Clark High School.


     On May 29, 1936, Doris married William H. B. "Bill" Michaels in Watertown, SD. Doris had the “Worn-A-Bit” Shop in her home for several years while she raised her two sons, William and Robert. She also worked with her husband at Michaels Clothing Store. She was a sales clerk in the Children’s Department of Montgomery Wards and later worked at Lakeland Nursery. Doris thoroughly loved working at Lakeland Nursery and was employed there until retiring when she was in her 80’s.


     Doris was an active member of the Grace Lutheran Church. She was also a member of Elk’s Wives and Widows, where she was a charter member.  She enjoyed her favorite sports teams: Arrows, Vikings, Twins, and Gophers, on the radio and on TV.   She also enjoyed word search books. Doris especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends.


     She is survived by her two sons: Bill (Marilyn) Michaels, of Watertown, SD, and Robert (Lorie) Michaels, of Minneapolis, MN; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.


     Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents; two brothers: Claude Smith and Neil Smith; and one sister, Audrey Crofoot.

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Comment posted by: Gene Johnson
Mon 28th Feb 2011 08:38 am
Sending my deepest sympathy to the family.
Comment posted by: Kelly Horrocks
Sun 27th Feb 2011 04:54 pm
Dodie was like another grandmother to me. She was the best friend of my grandma Ila Richter and has been a very special part of our family. I will never forget going over to her house as a child for visits and she was always so welcoming. I loved to play her organ and remember picking her raspberry bushes clean! She was one of the sweetest people I've ever met and I will miss her greatly.
Comment posted by: Jan Mullin
Sat 26th Feb 2011 09:23 am
I have the best memories of working with Doris at Lakeland for many years. She was a very special lady - always with a laugh and a smile. She told me anytime we talked, in recent years, that her raspberry plants were still going. The last time I talked to her was on her 90th birthday. I always intended to stop by for a long visit - but I'm sorry it never happened. She was loved and will be missed sorely.
Comment posted by: Larry and Mary Shriver
Sat 26th Feb 2011 09:18 am
Bill and Marilyn
May God give you peace, love and strength at this difficult time. We extend our deepest sympathy and even though we cannot be there, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Larry and Mary
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