Delores “Dodie” Marie Fett, 83, formerly of Austin, MN, died Monday, August 20, 2012, at Johanna Shores Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills in Arden Hills, MN.
Dodie was born on June 17, 1929, in Austin to Amos “Arthur” and Hadvi “Hattie” (Hemming) Sutherland. She graduated from Austin High School in 1947. On June 19, 1949, she married Mirlen L. Fett in Austin.
Dodie worked early in her life at the Hormel Foods Corp in the office, and then the majority of her working life she worked at the Austin High School, Southgate Elementary School and Ellis Middle School for the Austin Public School System as a Teacher’s Aide and Chapter 1 paraprofessional for almost 20 years. She was a member of the Crane Community Chapel, and sang in the choir until moving to Yuma, Arizona in 1996. She was also a member of the Eagles Club, the VFW, and American Legion while living in Austin.
Dodie loved being involved in a multitude of card clubs, bridge clubs, square dancing, dancing to big band music, and singing whenever and wherever she had the chance. Music was a big part of her life. Choir practice and Bible studies on Thursday nights at Crane Chapel inspired much of what she did. Enjoying her families by playing card games and dice games on many of an occasion, or even no occasion at all, brought her beautiful smile and fun personality to life.
Dodie is survived by her four children, Tamra (Steve) Arnold, Owatonna, MN, Rick (Lydia) Fett, Sunland, Calif., Ron Fett, Van Nuys, Calif., Barry (Christy) Fett, Adams, MN; grandchildren Lindsey Arnold, Brady Arnold, Kelsey Arnold, Kory Arnold, Elizabeth Velezmoro, Paul Velezmoro, Raven Fett, Joshua Fett, Isaiah Fett, and Payton Fett; sister Virginia “Jeada” Dunlap, Austin, MN; brother Loren “Sunny” (Marian) Sutherland, Sun City W, Ariz.; nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her very loving husband, Mirlen.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at the Crane Community Chapel with Pastor Dale Christiansen officiating. A reception will follow the service. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.