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Shirley Jean Dather

December 27, 1934 September 9, 2016
Shirley Jean Dather
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Shirley Jean (Willemssen) Dather was born on December 27, 1934 in George, IA to Alfred and Rose (Wiertzema) Willemssen. She attended a country school in George through 8th grade and then had to stay home and work on the farm to help support the family achieving her high school diploma later in life.
On June 24, 1956 she was united in marriage to Douglas Duane Dather in Melvin, IA. Together they made their home in Melvin until moving to Worthington in 1963 where they raised their children and celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Shirley worked in sales most of her life. Her life revolved around her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. She loved raising and showing horses and assisting Karmen and Marissa at the horse shows. She enjoyed flower gardening, country western music, attending horse sales, and spending time with family and friends. She will be greatly missed by everyone.
Shirley passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Lakes Regional Healthcare Center in Spirit Lake, IA at the age of 81.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband Doug of Worthington; sons: Kelly of Indianapolis, IN, and Kevin and special friend Mary and her children Kylie and Carter of Lake City, MN; and daughter Karmen and special friend Roger and his son Randy of Fairmont, MN; granddaughters: Whitney and husband Blake of Indianapolis, and Kara and special friend Alex of Peoria, IL and Marissa and husband Michael of Kasson, MN; grandsons: Timothy, Adam and special friend Ashley and Joshua of Indianapolis, and Zachary of Lake City; and great grandson Grayson of Kasson; sister Jeannie of Phoenix, AZ and Betty of Britt, IA.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and father and mother-in-law Ivan and Freda Dather; sister Velma and brothers Curt and Lyle as well as in-laws and extended family.
Private family services will be held.
Benson Funeral Home is coordinating the arrangements.


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