Dorothy Naomi Edzards


March 8, 1919 - March 25, 2016


Dorothy Naomi Edzards was born on March 8, 1919 in Heil, North Dakota to Garney and Mary Isabelle (Worthen) Hargan.  Dorothy was the fourth and last child joining brothers Vernon, Kenneth and Donald. The family soon moved to Spencer, SD and a few years later they moved to Farmer, SD and lived in several different homes near Farmer.  Dorothy graduated from Farmer High School in 1937 and was honored as the Valedictorian of her class.

On October 31, 1938 Dorothy married Fred W. Edzards of Emery, SD.  As the story goes, Fred and Dorothy were in Iowa along with Dorothy’s family visiting the Hargan relatives.  At some point Fred and Dorothy made their way to Nashua, Iowa in hopes of getting married.  They first needed to procure a marriage license at the county courthouse.  Fred paid a Fuller Brush salesman $5.00 to be their witness.  Fred and Dorothy were then married at the “Little Brown Church” in Nashua.  The minister played the organ and the minister’s wife and daughter served as the attendants.  Following the wedding, Fred and Dorothy rejoined Dorothy’s family and returned to South Dakota.  However, they didn’t tell anyone for two weeks.  After the public announcement Fred and Dorothy moved in together on a farm near Plano, SD. 

After a couple of years they moved to the Edzards family farm 3 miles north of Emery and made their home there for many years.  Dorothy was baptized in the First Baptist Church of Emery and was very active in church ministries.  She was a member of the King’s Daughters women’s group and later the Women’s Missionary Society.  Dorothy was an avid student of the Bible and passed along her knowledge by teaching Sunday School (into her 80’s) and Vacation Bible School; she also hosted an ecumenical women’s Bible study in her home for many years.  Dorothy also served on the church board.  Dorothy had a special interest in Missions and hosted numerous missionaries in her home over the years.

Dorothy was an avid letter writer keeping in touch with both sides of the family.  Fred and Dorothy counted it a special joy in their retirement years to visit every niece and nephew traveling as far as Alaska and Hawaii to do it.  They visited many other relatives along the way.

 The Lord blessed Dorothy and Fred with three sons, Paul, Daniel and Mark.  When the boys were grown, Dorothy began working as a nursing assistant at the Diamond Care Nursing Home in Bridgewater, SD.  In 1988 Fred and Dorothy moved to town.  Dorothy lovingly cared for Fred who developed Alzheimer’s disease dying on August 25, 1991.  In May of 2008 Dorothy moved to Wessington Springs, SD to be closer to family.  In August of 2009 Dorothy moved into the Weskota Manor Avera nursing home in Wessington Springs.

Dorothy enjoyed many wonderful times with her grandsons, Matthew, Michael and Ethan playing table games and attending numerous Christmas programs, concerts and graduations. 

Dorothy is succeeded by sons: Paul (Virginia) Edzards, Crystal River, FL, Dan (Rita) Edzards, Wessington Springs, SD and Mark (Donna) Edzards, Newport News, VA; grandsons: Matthew & Ethan Edzards of Sioux Falls, SD and Michael (Erin) Edzards, Gainesville, FL,  step-grandchildren: Christopher (Melissa) Cobb, Ocala, FL, Tomasine (Thomas) Kennedy, Beverly Hills, FL,  Ashley Cobb, Citrus Springs, FL, Eric (Trisha) Scrivner, Decatur, AR; step-great grandchildren: Danielle & Christian Cobb, Ethan & Genevieve Kennedy, Thomas & Alexandria Cobb, April & Thomas Scrivner and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, her parents and her brothers.


Thursday, March 31, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First Baptist Church
Emery, South Dakota


Friday, April 1, 2016
10:30 AM
First Baptist Church
Emery, South Dakota


Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, South Dakota

Posted by Randy Schmor on April 8, 2016
Dan and Family, Shelly and I enjoyed getting to know your mom while we were at First Baptist. Praying God's blessings on the whole Edzards family through this time. Peace.

- Randy
Posted by Sheri and David Jelinek on March 30, 2016
Dear dear Aunt Dorothy was such a treasure in so many lives, the keeper of the flame for our fathers. I cherish every memory of her and Uncle Fred.
Posted by Mark and Marci Sommer on March 29, 2016
Dan and family: It was such a pleasure to have your parents into our home when you lived in Harvey. Later years, I so enjoyed visiting with your mom at your house, while Rita was preparing a delious supper, Marissa was probably harassing your sons (just kidding); and you and Mark were likely out golfing:) She was the most gentle lady....I would have loved to have been her friend when she was young!!
I LOVE the paragraph of their marriage. I remember her telling me about the little brown church.
May she rest in peace now....God bless all of you! Marci
Posted by Bonne Hargan on March 28, 2016
I have fond memories of visiting Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Fred at their farm near Emery, and later at her home in Emery when they moved into town with Harlan. She was a special lady who will be missed by all who knew her. May she now enjoy the joyous reunion with Uncle Fred and those that went before her in heaven.
Posted by Dale & Ingrid Dobrovolny on March 27, 2016
It is so hard to loose such a wonderful caring person from our circle of relatives. She was such an inspiration. We look forward to being with her again on the great getting up morning with the Lord. May she rest in peace until that time.
Posted by Dan & DJ Bahmuller on March 27, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of you Mom. She was a very special lady. Prayer being sent.
Posted by Charles (Charlie) Hargan on March 27, 2016
I had the pleasure of visiting the farm as a child, playing with Paul. My late wife, Inga, and I visited again around 1989. Aunt Dorothy was always a joy to be around at the family reunions. Thank you for sharing her with all of us.
Posted by Tony & Andrea Hargan on March 27, 2016
We has the honor and pleasure of having Uncle Fred and Aunt Dorothy stay over night at our house on their many trips to Kansas. They were always such a pleasure to have around. They complimented each other so well. Now Aunt Dorothy can be with her loving Fred again.
Posted by Jim & Heidi Hargan on March 26, 2016
Heidi and I were so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit with Aunt Dorothy at the Hargan Family Reunions. We send our love to all of you during this sad time. God Bless
Posted by The Luckett's on March 26, 2016
Thoughts and Prayers to you all
Val, Dawn & Family
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