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Doris Silvey

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Posted: Monday, January 18, 2010 12:00 am

Doris Jean Silvey, age 81, of Yankton, South Dakota died Friday, January 15, 2010 at Avera Yankton Care Center in Yankton.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at Vangen Lutheran Church in Mission Hill, South Dakota with Reverend Lance Lindgren officiating. Burial will be in the Vangen Lutheran Cemetery in Mission Hill.

Visitation is from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service and video tribute at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are Charles D. Silvey III, William Scott Silvey, Zachary Silvey, Richard Ramsey, Lynn “Butch” Hanson and Donnie Medeck.

Jean was born on March 13, 1928 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota to George and Malinda Long of Mission Hill. She graduated from Yankton High School and married Charles Delbert Silvey in Troy, Kansas on January 17, 1947. They were married for nearly 50 years. Jean was a creative spirit who expressed herself in many ways; as a writer of poetry delivered to family and friends during special occasions, as a creative quilter who once delivered six beautiful quilts to her children for Christmas and this story was published in “Quilters Magazine”, and as a ceramic and stained glass artist and jewelry maker. She traveled the country as an Army wife while raising six healthy and successful children, all of whom she was most proud. Jean was a faithful Lutheran and active member at Vangen Lutheran Church in Mission Hill, where she was baptized. But most of all, Jean Silvey was a consummate and loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. These roles were her avocation and her passion.

Our dear sweet mother will be deeply missed by 5 children: Susan Cox of Palm Springs, CA, Katherine Turner of Aviano, Italy, William (Barbara) Silvey of Trinidad, CO, Scott (Rebecca) Silvey of Atlanta, GA and Malissa Silvey of Kansas City, MO; daughter-in-law, Mary Silvey of Fairbanks, AK; 9 grandchildren: Cassandra (Richard) Ramsey, Kristin (Margo) Ramirez, Charles Delbert “Chip” Silvey III, Daniel Fox, William Scott (Stephanie) Silvey, Zachary (Callie) Silvey, Sarah Silvey, Raven Silvey and Calypso Silvey; 6 great grandchildren: Jordon and Josh Ramirez, Thea and Kyla Ramsey, Haylie Silvey of Texas and Haley Silvey of Louisiana; 3 sisters: Fern (Terry) Bye of Minneapolis, MN, Ruby Cutts of Yankton, and Alyce Walraven of Lakewood, CA; a brother, Robert (Pat) Long of Milwaukee, WI; and 2 step sisters, June Ayers of Vancouver, Canada and Marilyn (Dick) Chapman of Centennial, CO.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Charles on April 23, 1994; oldest son, Charles Delbert Silvey II on October 30, 1999; and sister, Beth (Medeck) Snow.

To send an online sympathy card or to view her video tribute, please visit

Yankton Press & Dakotan

January 19, 2010

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