Dora R. Tate

10/25/1935 – 6/13/2011

Dora Rosa Tate, 75, of Winner, SD, died Monday, June 13, 2011 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls, after a short battle with cancer.

Memorial services will be held at 11pm, Saturday, June 18th, 2011, in Winner at the Winner United Methodist Church.

Dora Rosa Chappell was born September 25, 1935, in Roscoe, SD, to Clarence and Emma (Landfried) Chappell. She was raised and educated in the area and graduated valedictorian of her high school class. On June 5, 1955, Dora married Robert Tate in Forestburg, SD. Six children were born to this union. Dora went on to Huron College to get her Bachelors degree as a teacher. The family moved to Lemmon, SD where she taught for 10 years. In 1972, the family again moved to Winner, SD. Dora then found work in an insurance office. She later worked for the SD Dept. of Social Services.

Dora was very active in and a member of the Eastern Star as well as her churches. She and Robert were Lay Speakers for the United Methodist Church and trainers which allowed them to serve and travel throughout the ND/SD United Methodist Conference. Dora was currently a member of the Winner UMC.

Dora is survived by her five daughters, Karen Tate, Mesa, AZ, Doreen (Dennis) Lechner, Jasper, IN, Sheryl Tate, Sioux Falls, Roberta (Bo) Webb, Clarksville, TN, and Patricia (Buzz) Long, Salem, SD; 11 grandchildren, Nichole Lechner, Becky Nankivel, David Boyer, Matthew Martin, Jonathan Martin, Todd Tate, James Webb, Josh Webb, Rory Long, Brodie Long, and Kelsey Long; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Alta Chappell, Jeraldine Van Bliet, both of West Sacremento, CA, Nina Nelson-Barclay, North Edwards, CA and 1 brother, Warren (Irina Troyanova) Chappell, Pierre, SD

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Robert Tate, her parents, Clarence and Emma (Landfried) Chappell, and one son, Doug Tate, and one grandson, Joseph Long.

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  • Don Nash says:

    Family of Dora
    Got to know Dora and Bob when they were Lay Speaker trainers for the Dakotas Conference. They were superb in everything they did, and with a passion for Christ and the furthering of His kingdom.

  • GayLynn says:

    Dora was my granddaughter Grace’s great-grandma. We didn’t get to know her very well as we just met after Grace was born & mostly saw her at holidays. Grace loves the Spanish character “Dora” so it was conincidental that her great-grandma’s name was Dora also!

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