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Doris Rose (Richardson) Settles, 86, Mitchell

Doris Rose (Richardson) Settles, 86, of Mitchell, completed her earthly journey when she crossed the bridge to her heavenly home on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Doris passed with the same quiet dignity which characterized her life. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Mitchell with Pastor Juan Espinoza officiating. Interment will follow at Mitchell City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m., Friday, November 9, at Jones Mortuary in Mitchell. In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund to the Dale and Doris Settles Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be made by visiting The Jones Mortuary of Mitchell is assisting the family.

The only child of L.B. and Mabel (Barnes) Richardson, Doris was born in Osceola, Iowa, on May 21, 1926. The family moved to Mitchell in 1939. Shortly after graduating with the Class of '44, Doris married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Dale Settles. To this 68-year union were born four children who were Doris's pride and joy. Doris was the model of a perfect wife and mother, striving always to fill the family home with Christianity, faith, and love. Doris and Dale spent their working careers together building their business, Settles Plumbing and Heating.

In addition to her husband, Dale, Doris is survived by her son, Steve, and her daughters and their spouses, Margaret and Bob Lashley, Colleen and Allen Fegler, and Shirley and Larry Blehm. "Grandma Doris" is also survived by Scot (Stephanie), Kraig (Jill), Joel (Krista), Kristen, Brian (Gina), and Jenny (Matt). She was proud to be Great Grandma to Addison, Maddison, Kylie, Colton, Kaylee, Penelope, Eleanor, Elliot, Tayler, Shayleigh, Taytom, Tristen, Lindsey, Lauren, and Olivia. Doris's survivors also include her "siblings-in-law": Bonnie, Donna, J.D., Janice, and Alta as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. She has one living cousin, Virginia Leeson and her daughter, Kathy, of Osceola, IA.

Awaiting Doris in the life eternal are her parents, "Barney and Mabel," her faather-in-law and mother-in-law, Harvey and Lucy Settles, her other "siblings-in-law," Bob Settles, Harry McNees, and Bob Brewer, a great granddaughter, Katy, and a multitude of other family members and friends who awaited her heavenly arrival.

Doris is already missed, but solace is found in the steadfastness of the love she instilled in those she knew and in her constant reminder that, "All things work for the good of those who love the Lord, because the Lord has a plan for each and every one of us," as well as her ever-predictable reminder that no matter the glory, no matter the sorrow, no matter the joy, no matter the tribulation, "This too shall pass."

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