Coats, Dorothy

Dorothy Coats, 91, Rapid City, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Regional Health Hospice House. Dorothy passed peacefully from this life in the morning after a gradual decline in health. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family during her last days in life. 

Dorothy was born in Clinton, Neb. to John and Catherine Short (McIntyre) on March 12, 1927. She attended school in Potato Creek, S.D. and Green Valley. She married Darwin Coats, Sr. on October 14, 1944 in Martin. She worked as a Rancher wife for 20 years in Wounded Knee and then was a dispatch officer in Martin for 8 years. Dorothy continued as many great mothers do and spent the rest of her life being there for all her family. 

Dorothy is survived by her seven children, sons: Darwin Coats, Jr, Jim Coats, John Coats; daughters: Judy Miles, Peggy Werden, Shirley Sandler, and Monica Night Chase; 26 grandchildren: Shelia, Corey, Tom, Daryl, Cheryl, Ellen, Jim, Misty, Jason, Jenny, Buffy, Katie, Abilio, Sharon, Jacolin, Sandy, Gail, Princess, Teresa, Hattie, Justin, Danelle, Jason, Erik, and Randy; 63 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, John and Catherine Short; spouse, Darwin Coats, Sr.; daughter, Cheryl Darlene Coats; and son, Joe Krimmer; brothers, Kenny Short and Harold Dean Short; sisters, Maxine Lloyd, Bonnie Hagerman, and Clara Marie Short; and grandchild, Chris Coats 

Viewing was 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with Funeral Services following at 1 p.m., on Saturday, November 10 at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home, 632 St. Francis St., with Reverend Julie Norwood officiating. Interment will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 14 at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family through their website.

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