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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
DeLaura B. Dodds
November 20, 1936 - September 28, 2019

Place of Birth: New Rockford, ND
Residence: Watford City, ND
Age: 82

DeLaura was born on November 20, 1936, in Devils Lake, ND to Morris and Edna (Parker) Gilliss. She grew up and attended schools in Devils Lake and New Rockford, ND. DeLaura was united in marriage to Jackson “Jack” Dodds on June 9, 1951, in New Rockford, ND. After the marriage they made their home in New Rockford before moving to Fargo, ND. They moved several place including, Williston, ND, Billings, MT, and Bismarck, ND. In October of 1989, Jack purchased, Barrett Pharmacy in Watford City, ND. DeLaura’s husband, Jack, passed away on April 3, 1992, and she took over running Barrett’s. She operated the business until 2000 when her son Jeff took over the business.
DeLaura was a member of the Epiphany Catholic Church, Good Shepherd Auxiliary, local Quilters Guild, and the Red Hat Ladies. She loved to read, quilt and scrapbook. Most of all DeLaura enjoyed her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She would travel all over the country to watch her grandchildren play sports. She was known as the “Hockey Grandma”.
DeLaura passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2019, surrounded by her family at her home in Watford City, ND.
She is survived by: her sons, Jeff (Laura) Dodds and Tom (Tonia) Dodds both of Watford City, ND and Mike (Tammie) Dodds, Billings, MT; her grandchildren, Josslyn (Jay Eggers) Dodds, Michelle (Renzy) Kelly, Thomas Westerholm, Jamie Westerholm, Aubrie (Kirk) Visser, Ivy Dodds, Jackson Dodds, Fox Dodds, Grace Dodds, Lillie Dodds; her great grandchildren, Elise, Amara, Emerson, Carter, Nora, and Jack; her brother, Archie (Marveen) Gilliss, Bismarck, ND.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, husband-Jackson “Jack” Dodds, daughter-Patricia Westerholm; son, Steven Dodds, and her brother-Russell Gilliss.

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Jeanette Anderson (Watford CIty, ND)
Sep 30, 2019
To The Family of DeLaura: Thank you for sharing such a sweet lady with the rest of us. She was so kind to me. I will always think of her everytime I sew something. She gave me fabrics when she was cleaning stuff out. I still have some in a tub that I use. She was one of a kind and will be missed by many. May she rest in peace and finally be pain free. God Bless the Dodd's family.
Connie Connolly (Dickinson, ND)
Oct 2, 2019
we were neighbors just to the north of her, years ago...what a good neighbor and like the store in town...shopped whenever I got back to Watford. She will be missed by many, my deepest sympathy
Peggy Gillis Mielke (Hibbing, Minnesota)
Oct 2, 2019
In our youth, DeLaura was my cherished cousin ; as we aged and our lives took different paths, she became more of a sister of the heart. Although miles separated us memories kept us close and when we were lucky enough to spend time together it was as if we were young once again. I believe she is smiling down on all of the people she meant so much to and she has every intention of attending every "Gillis Reunion" whether it be held in a Canadian Province, a State of the Union or in Heaven. .
Linda Wells (Sidney, Montana)
Oct 3, 2019
DeLaura was wonderful person to work with on all community projects. She was a hard worker and I was glad to have known her as a friend.
Debbie Larsen (Watford City, ND)
Oct 4, 2019
Jeff, and all of DeLaura's family and friends. What an inspirational person DeLaura was. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Troy & Karen (Fischer) Leiseth (Arnegard, ND)
Oct 4, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. DeLaura was a great lady and always so kind.
Margaret Renbarger
Oct 4, 2019
Jeff and family, So sorry for the loss of your Mom. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Diane L Diamond (Williston , ND)
Oct 4, 2019
I moved to Alexander years ago an went into the drug store an this grand lady was so kind chatted with me as if I was a dear friend as did her son the pharmacist. I loved goin into the store for the kindness . Later came along josselyn so like her grandmother givin smiles an hugs I had made a dear friend. These memories I CHERISH an hold dear in my heart. Hugs an prayers to the family..
Vernette Sanderson
Oct 6, 2019
I was sorry to hear that Delaura passed away. I enjoyed working for her. She was a special lady.
I’m thinking of you all.
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