Dolores (Dolly) Markgraf
1930 - 2020
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Dolores (Dolly) Markgraf went to be with the Lord on January 22, 2020.

Dolly was born in Wood Lake, Minnesota to Wilbert and Lydia Markgraf on August 16, 1930. She was a beloved child of God and her faith and trust in Him was evident by all who knew her well.

Dolly was born with intellectual disabilities and experienced in her life, society's acceptance of those with special needs. She lived in institutions for some years, then at home with her parents while she attended a day center. After her mother passed away, she moved to Durango to be near her sister. Under the Community Connections umbrella, Dolly went from living in a group home and working at a sheltered workshop to living and working independently, with assistance from the kind staff of Community Connections. After becoming wheelchair bound, she moved to The Valley Inn in Mancos, Colorado, where she was loved and cared for.

She was a faithful member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and volunteered many hours at The Senior Center.

Dolly is survived by her sister June Dunn; nieces Mary (Karl) Fink, Margaret (Philip) Duerr; nephew Matthew Dunn (Claire); grandnieces and nephews Kelsey (Austin) Sayer, Lindsey Duerr, Ryan (Jessica) Fink, Hunter Dunn, Jacob (Mallory) Fink, Tristan Duerr and Noah Dunn.

A memorial service for Dolly will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2611 Junction Street, Durango.

Memorial donations may be made to: Community Connections, 281 Sawyer Drive #200, Durango, CO 81303 OR Bethesda (an agency serving people in the U.S. with disabilities) 600 Hoffmann Drive, Watertown, WI 53094.

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Published in Pine River Times on Jan. 29, 2020.
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February 12, 2020
I worked with Dolly through Community Connections, and she was the sweetest and most caring person. We had our own lil jokes, and her giggle was infectious. I miss our weekday morning breakfasts at Dennys, it was the best way to start the day. Im sorry for your loss, June.
Hanna Maddera
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February 11, 2020
Dolly was the sweetest lady I ever had the pleasure of working with. I will fondly remember our breakfasts at Dennys every week and I hope youre dancing with Mickey Mouse in heaven!
David Pauley
Friend
February 2, 2020
Oh...my darling Dolly. I love you so much! You're an angel. You're one in a million. Thank you for... being you.
Michelle
January 31, 2020
Dolly had a smile for everyone. I'm sure now her soul is free to sing and dance with the angels.
Joe and Lois Zuber
January 30, 2020
June,
I am so sorry for you loss. Dolly was a delightful woman. She will be missed by many. You and the family are in my prayers. God Bless you.
Julie Schwindt
Julie Schwindt
January 30, 2020
June,
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a delightful woman and will be missed by so many. My prayers are with you and the entire family.
Julie Schwindt
Julie Schwindt
January 29, 2020
,May God bless you Dolly, and hold you close. June , to you and your family, I am so very sorry for the passing of Dolly. She will be missed. Susan
Susan Hayner
January 29, 2020
I will miss so much about Dolly. She was kind, thoughtful, generous and made so many lives brighter, including my own. I will deeply miss her and treasure the time I got to be in her life.
Jeff Newman
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