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Dorothy Dianne Meyer

December 6, 1946 — August 1, 2022

Dorothy Dianne Meyer was born on December 6th, 1946 in Burlington, Colorado to Clord and Clara Meyer. Being born after World War II, she was part of the baby boomer generation. At the early age of 6 weeks old Dorothy was put in the hospital with pneumonia, the lamp that was set to keep her warm was too close and burned her severely. She wasn’t expected to live so Clord got a preacher and had her baptized. After that she got well and was brought home to the farm on the German Settlement north of Bethune, to her 3-year-old brother Clordy. When Dorothy was 5 her parents had another brother named Dale. When she was 7 years old electricity was installed in their home, she was in awe to flip the switch and the lights would come on. The next thing was indoor water and a toilet. After that a few years later they got a party line telephone. She loved growing up on the farm, she would gather eggs, milk the cow, and feed the animals. Always keeping up with her brothers. She was also expected to do household chores and help with cooking, baking, canning, and butchering. On any given day Dorothy could be found with her horse Andy. She loved the freedom of riding him out in the pasture with the cattle. Andy was a very fast and very tall horse, so Dorothy had to put him next to the barn to get on him. They had a very special bond; he even got her out of a couple big scrapes when she helped move cattle. He loved to race the cars that drove by so she would just hang on and let him run. She loved Herford cattle and won Over All Grand Champion at the Fair with her 4H heifer. That year when she brought the heifer home and released her into the pasture, the heifer kicked up her heels in joy. That memory stayed with Dorothy and would still bring a smile to her face. At the age of 12 she entered the catch-it calf contest. She was the youngest child entered, going against 19 boys with only 10 calves to catch. When she caught her calf he pulled her like a skier across the arena, so the calf was pretty much halter broke after that. These were some of the precious memories she loved to share. Dorothy went to a small country school north of Bethune starting school in the 1st grade, at the time she only spoke German and had to learn English. When she was in the 5th grade, she began school in Bethune. This led the family to move to Bethune where her mother Clara became the postmaster. Clord built a house in Bethune with the post office attached to it but still kept and worked the farm. Dorothy always enjoyed the time spent with her cousins for family gatherings and especially Christmas, which was her favorite holiday. They would all speak German and play pitch and pinochle. Dorothy graduated from Bethune School in 1964 and then went to NJC in Sterling, CO to study Agriculture. She cut her time short there and followed her brother Clordy to Tucson, Arizona where she met Airman Leroy Sowards. She lived there a few years and then they moved back to Bethune and were married in 1967. In 1971 they adopted their daughter Sheryl and in 1973 adopted their son Stanley through Catholic Charities. Leroy died in 1976, leaving Dorothy to raise the 2 children with the help of her parents and extended family. She worked multiple jobs to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. In 1980, she was married for a short time and was blessed with her son Jamie who was born in 1981. The next year she decided to go back to school at Aims Community College, so they moved to Greeley, CO for a year. After returning to Bethune, she began a job at Kit Carson Memorial Hospital where she worked in housekeeping. She worked there many years and became the head of housekeeping at the hospital. Dorothy began having many health problems and would end her career early. Even though she was unable to work she stayed involved with her children. Her daughter Sheryl was married to Glen Thiede, giving her 3 grandchildren. She did many things with them, passing on the traditions of canning and butchering with her mother, daughter, and grandchildren. Her son Stanley was married to Amanda, and they were a wonderful help to Dorothy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As the years went on Dorothy’s health declined even more and her son Jamie stayed to take care of her. Dorothy had few pleasures in her life but always took pride in her role at church teaching Sunday School or Bible School. She truly loved sharing God’s word with the students. She loved preparing lessons, teaching and inspiring the students, it felt like a gift from God. She always felt like she missed her calling and would have loved to be a teacher. Some of the happiest times for Dorothy included her love for animals, whether she was on the farm or the many cats and dogs she had over the years they always brought her comfort and joy. Dorothy passed away on August 1, 2022, in Bethune, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her father Clord and mother Clara Meyer, her brothers Clordy and Dale Meyer, and her son Stanley Meyer. She is survived by her son Jamie Meyer of Bethune, CO, daughter Sheryl (Glen) Thiede of Midas, NV, she is also survived by her 3 grandchildren Dusty and Sierra Thiede of Midas, NV and Paige (Colton) Vega of Roundup MT. A Memorial Service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church August 18, 2022, at 1:00 pm. The family would like to thank all of our family and friends for their love, friendship, and prayers during this difficult time.
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