Doris M. Severtson, age 97, resident of Grafton, ND, formerly of rural Brocket, ND, died Friday, January 3, 2020 at the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton.
Doris Margaret Rainsberry was born February 18, 1922 on her grandmother’s farm in Clara Township of Nelson County, ND, the daughter of John and Effie (Hem) Rainsberry. She was raised on her parent’s farm in Clara Township, attended the Cleveland School, and graduated from Brocket High School. She then worked at the Post Office in Brocket. Doris married Norman Severtson on October 11, 1946 at Lakota, ND. They moved to Oregon for a short time before returning to the area to farm and raise their family. They lived near Southam and Brocket before settling on the Rainsberry homestead. Doris worked for many years at Miller’s on the Prairie and also wrote the Clara News column for the Lakota American. Norman died July 14, 2003. Doris moved to Lakota in 2012, then moved to Grafton in 2015. She became a resident of the Lutheran Sunset Home in 2016. From a young age, Doris loved animals, especially her horse Blackie. She also enjoyed gardening and writing poetry, and was so proud when one of her poems was published. She was a member of United Lutheran Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal O. Gray American Legion Post #61 at Brocket.
Doris will be deeply missed by her daughter, Delores “Lori” (Gary) Webster of St. Vincent, MN; son, Norris (Sheila) Severtson of Grafton, ND; 5 grandchildren, Jason (Shannon), Amy (Scott), Brandan (Melissa), Jayden, and Jerod; 7 great grandchildren who lovingly called her GG: Quinn, Gracen, Cole, Luke, Cora, Grace, and Jude; and also 2 sisters-in-law, Clara Rainsberry of Banning, CA and Betty Severtson of Huron, SD.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, David; and 4 brothers, John, Les, Ralph, and Davis.
Doris’ Funeral Service will be held at United Lutheran Church of Brocket on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be the Reverend Jodi Myrvik. Music will be provided by Sharon Blekestad. Interment will be in the spring at the Lakota Cemetery. The casketbearers will be Mike Bachmeier, Allan Anderson, Sheldon Severtson, Kent Sundeen, Derrick Beck, and Casey Miller. The family considers the staff of the Lutheran Sunset Home to be honorary casketbearers. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
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