Dora Lee Gaaskjolen
Funeral services for Dora Lee Gaaskjolen, age 90, of Meadow, South Dakota, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the New Hope Worship Center in Lemmon, South Dakota. Florence Hoff officiated burial followed in the Greenhill Cemetery at Lemmon.
Dora Lee (Shockley) Gaaskjolen was born July 3rd, 1925 to James and Wyona Shockley. She was the oldest of the 5 children where her first years of life were spent by the Thunder Butte area. Dora Lee attended the Beehive School there in 1932 at 7 years old. She went to school there until middle term in 1936. They then moved to the Hunt place in the Meadow area. Dora Lee attended the Grand Central School and graduated from Lemmon High School.
Dora Lee started working at the Gambles store in Lemmon during her high school years and it was there she met Marlin Gasskjolen. They were united in marriage on June 3, 1946, at Baker, Montana. They lived in Lemmon and later moved to New Castle, Wyoming where Marlin worked construction and in the oil fields. In the spring of 1952 they purchased the ranch home near Meadow. Dora Lee worked beside Marlin day and night. She was very meticulous in her appearance and every day before going outside she would put on her makeup and do her hair. She loved her cattle and kept excellent records on their herd. She also worked out in the fields with Marlin. She loved to garden and had a big garden every year.
Dora Lee loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and always had the candy cupboard full along with the candy bowl. She was a Christian lady who followed the Lord. She was one of the leaders of the Lamplighters Children Club. She attended the Coal Springs Church of God and also attended the Bible Studies in the area. She loved her birds and flowers and had bird feeders and many flowers around the yard. During her later years in life she loved to set by the window and watch the birds in the yard and trees. She loved Pedro her Chihuahua and he slept on her lap all the time.
Health issues started in 2006 and Dora Lee stayed strong throughout them. Her daughter Audrey cared for her in 2006 until she got back on her feet and then in 2007 when she had further health issues, she cared for her from then on. Audrey was by her side with hospitalizations and returns to home. With her help and nursing care Dora Lee was able to stay in her home. She passed away at home on March 29, 2016 with Audrey and her family by her side.
She is survived by two daughters, Audrey (Tim) Lorius, Meadow, SD, and Vicki (Bill) Penfield, Lemmon, SD; five grandchildren, Jeffrey (Kirsten) Daley, Shiloh Lorius, Chad (Sarah) Penfield, Kayla (Drew) Anderson and Shane (Kelli) Penfield; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joe (Rhondi) Schockley, Twin Falls, ID, and Bill (Yvonne) Schockley, Lemmon, SD; one sister, Jenny Lee Hess, Gering, NE; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marlin; and one sister, Aldeen Hafla.
Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon, SD and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday afternoon.
Condolences may be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.