Dorothy Mae Buys, 78, rural Hardwick, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at the Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton.
A funeral service was Saturday, March 25, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Dorothy Harms was born on June 22, 1938 to Raymond and Florence (Terpstra) Harms on their farm south of Valley Springs, South Dakota. When Dorothy was young, the family moved for a short time to Larchwood, Iowa, and then to Inwood, Iowa, where Dorothy attended country school. She attended high school in Inwood and graduated in 1956. She then took nursing classes at the local college and also helped her dad, who was dealing with health issues from polio, on the farm. She took a position at Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital in Rock Rapids, Iowa, where she worked in the nursery.
Dorothy married Herman Buys on Oct. 25, 1963, at the First Reformed Church in Inwood. The couple farmed in rural Hardwick for over 52 years. Dorothy was a homemaker, gardened, took care of the calves, milked the cows, drove tractor, and helped with all aspects of farming.
In February of 2016, Dorothy entered Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton.
Dorothy was a member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne where she taught Sunday School, Bible School and was a member of circle. She also volunteered as a 4-H leader and was a member of the Hardwick Community Club. She enjoyed baking bread, making applesauce, traveling to auctions, and listening to the South Dakota Old Time Fiddlers.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Herman; her children, Leann (David) Hoogland, Hardwick, and Melroy (Laura) Buys, Edgerton; five grandchildren, Chelsey (Alex) Huisken, Cole Hoogland and Jessica, Miranda and Kayla Buys; and one great-grandchild, Beckett Huisken.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.