Dora Mae Williams - Brookings

March 2, 1925 - Nov. 7, 2018

Dora Mae Williams, 93, of Brookings, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Brookings Hospital. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the chapel at The Neighborhoods at Brookview.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m. at the chapel where services will be held.

 Dora Mae Williams was born on March 2, 1925, in Canton, South Dakota to Watson and Gretchen (Loomer) Dittmer.  She graduated from Brookings High School, and also attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree.  Dora Mae also completed some of her Masters work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  Dora Mae was united in marriage to Perry Williams on June 13, 1956, in Brookings, South Dakota.  Perry passed away on November 3, 2000.

Dora Mae had a passion for music, and was a music teacher in Montana for grade and junior high schools, a music teacher in Toma, Wisconsin, teaching music to all 12 grades, and a music teacher at the Brookings School District for grades kindergarten through 6th grade.  Dora Mae was the pipe organist at the Methodist Church, and later the Baptist Church in Brookings in the 1950s, followed by the First Church of God, and Morningside Church, where she acted as the organist until she retired.  She continued as a piano accompanist for the Morningside Church vocal and instrumental musicians into her 80s.

Dora Mae also enjoyed hosting friends at her home, and especially enjoyed playing games, sharing birthdays, and laughing with her friends and family. 

Dora Mae was also a member of the Aeolian Club, South Dakota Federation of Music Clubs, and the WCTU where she acted as National Legislative Chairman since 1982.  She was also a member of the local and state Morality in Media organization, the Alpha Xi Delta and was a lifetime member of the Sigma Alpha Iota House. 

 Dora Mae is survived by her children: June Marie Dircz of Savage, Minnesota, William James Williams of Boulder, Colorado, and Edward Perry Williams of Brookings, South Dakota; her grandchildren: William David Williams of Golden, Colorado, Benjamin James Williams and Gretchen Lisbeth Williams of Boulder, Colorado, Michael John Yerxa, Derek James Yerxa, and David Isaac Yerxa (Chelsie) of greater Minneapolis. She has five great-grandchildren in the Twin Cities, Mason Edward Dircz, Declan Michael Yerxa, Trixie Rose Yerxa, Indie Rose Yerxa, and Nova Mae Crystal Yerxa, and two in Golden, Colorado, Gemma Rosemary Williams and Weston Allan Williams; as well as special friend Mona Hendrickson.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Perry Williams, her parents, and brother Edward Dittmer.


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