Doris Rudesill

doris rudesill
Doris Marie Weiss, 94, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo. Doris Marie Weiss was born July 30, 1925, on the ranch that her father, William Weiss, bought near Maurine, SD. Her mother’s maiden name was May E. Ingalls. She was a descendant of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Doris’ twin brother, Donald, arrived a day earlier than her, and they had to leave the ranch to get a doctor to help with her birth. The twins joined older siblings Albert and Fern. Albert and Donald took over the ranch when their father retired, and the ranch is now being run by their sons, Lyle and Roger. The twins went to high school in Sturgis, SD. Her sister, Fern, took care of the twins while their parents stayed on the ranch. Doris went to college for two years at South Dakota State University in Brookings. She met her husband, James T. Rudesill, at a social function at First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City, SD. He had just returned from serving in the Army in World War II. They married in the church where they met on March 7, 1948. Doris helped put James through school by using her excellent seamstress skills. After James received his PhD, they moved to Fargo, ND where he began a 32 year teaching career at N.D.S.U.. Doris went to work for Sears in the Parts Department where the farmers who came in for parts were always amazed that a woman knew the exact part the needed. After retirement from Sears, Doris demonstrated food at Hornbachers. Doris was an excellent gardner and gourmet cook. She walked on a regular basis to keep in shape. Doris and Jim traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, as Carol and Cathy both lived in Germany. She and Jim were active members of First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, her parents, and her siblings. Her son, David (Tannis,) of Bainbridge Island died in June of 2018. She is survived by her daughters, Carol Rudesill Brantley (Andrew) of Williamsburg, VA and Cathy Rudesill (Chuck Eggers) of Burnsville, MN. She is also survived by many relatives throughout the U.S.

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  1. Dear Carol, Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.. The article was very interesting, what a history! John Lennon said to his wife before he passed, “we’re still together, we’re just doing different things”. I liked those simple words put together in a sentence like that. Life is short. Here we are ready to have our last reunion. I hope you can make it. Until then, God Bless you and your family at this time of Celebration.

  2. Hi Carol, and Kathy, I was a neighbor of yours when you guys were growing up, lived across the street and would babysit you three once in awhile. Sorry, to hear about Doris, I had a cousin up at Bethany and every other day I was up there, and always stopped and talked to her. She would let me know what you kids were up to, but, didn’t tell me about David passing. She was a wonderful lady, and so proud of her children. Take care and I will have you in my prayers.
    Renee Bernardy Buckman

  3. Carol and Cathy,
    Sorry it did not work out for me to be able to come to the celebration for your Mom. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love you both.

  4. Was sad to hear of your Moms passing, but happy thinking of her now being free of this life and on to a new adventure with Jim by her side.
    I am a member of her church and also was an active member of several organizations with her including Fortnightly and NDSU Womens club. Doris was a very capable and hardworking person, and a delight to work with.
    Blessed be her memory, love Gen Eidem

  5. Carol and Cathy, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We appreciated her and are praying for you today. Jamie and Cheryl

  6. Hi Carol and Cathy,
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have many wonderful memories of you and your family when you lived next door. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Carol, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I lost my mother, as well, in September, and I know it’s a very sad time. I just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you and hope that you can put a smile on your face by remembering all the good times that life gave you with your Mom. God Bless.

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