Doris ‘Dorie’ Gilmer, 99

Doris “Dorie” Baker Gilmer, age 99, of Delano, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015.

She was born Sept. 6, 1915, in Hayfield, MN, to Harry and Ella (Birum) Baker.

Dorie was a graduate of Hayfield High School, where she played forward on the women’s basketball team. She attended Macalester College for two years, then transferred to the University of Minnesota, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1937, and became a medical technician.

While at the University of Minnesota, Dorie met her future husband, Don. They were married June 19, 1939, and settled in Delano, where Don ran the Delano Granite Works.

Don and Dorie shared 59 years of marriage.

Dorie loved her family, loved adventure, and had a strong faith in God. She was a proud mother to four sons, and enjoyed being actively involved in their lives and the lives of many others as a Cub Scout den mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Dorie appreciated the little things in life, like “dandy” sunsets, and hugs from her family. She especially marveled when each child became tall enough to reach her heart.

She taught numerous family members and their friends to waterski, and to dance the Lindy hop and polka.

A very generous person, Dorie was active in several organizations, including: Delano Public Schools; Delano Pink Ladies; General Federated Women’s Club of Delano; American Legion Auxiliary; Delano United Methodist Church and DUMC Women’s Group; Shrine Order of the Eastern Star; Boy Scouts of America; and State Bank of Delano, board of directors 1974-2004.

She had an enthusiasm for learning about different cultures and the history of the world. Don and Dorie traveled extensively, through YPO (Young Presidents Org) and CEO (Chief Executives Org), Partners of the Alliance, and People to People, attending seminars and classes to learn about international business, political issues and cultural relationships between the many countries they visited.

She was equally as excited to return home to work in her garden, be with her family, do things in her community, and share, via slideshows, brochures, and stories, what she had learned on her travels.

Dorie was a kind, and classy woman, who always had something positive to say. She loved her family unconditionally. She saw what was special and unique about each individual, and made each person feel appreciated for it.

Dorie was preceded in death by her parents; brother Russell; husband Don; and grandson Paul.

She is survived by her sons, John, Steve, Phil, and Greg; their wives; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Delano United Methodist Church, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. in the church, prior to the service. Interment was in the Delano Public Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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