Doris Hickman


Doris Elaine Hickman, 81, Ellsworth, died Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A funeral service was Saturday, June 27, at Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. Burial followed at Grand Prairie Cemetery near Ellsworth.

Doris Newquist was born May 22, 1934, to Alfred and Mary (Meinking) Newquist in Iowa. As a child she lived in various places near Everly, May City, and Hartley, Iowa. She graduated from Hartley High School in 1953. She then attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, and graduated in 1955. For the next few years she taught in one-room schoolhouses throughout northwest Iowa. Doris also partner-taught for a short time with her sister, Inez.

On Oct. 1, 1961, she married Duane Hickman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in May City, Iowa. The couple built their home on Duane’s family farmstead near Ellsworth where they raised their two daughters. Doris continued substitute teaching. In February 2010 Doris and Duane moved to Hartford, South Dakota, to be closer to family. Duane preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 2013. Two years later Doris moved to the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls.

She was a member of Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. She taught Sunday school and confirmation class, served as Sunday school superintendent and directed the church Christmas programs for many years. Doris loved doing craft work, sewing, creating her daughter’s school classroom boards, cooking, baking and gardening.

Doris is survived by two daughters, Deanne Vortherms, Sioux Falls, and Kristie (Jim) Vortherms Hartford; five grandchildren, Connor and McKenzie Vortherms, Serena (John) Slatinsky, and Luke and Matthew Vortherms; and a sister, Alice Brockshus, Sanborn, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane Hickman; a son-in-law, Jeff Vortherms; her parents; and a sister, Inez Smith.

Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne,

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