Sioux Falls - Dolores A. Jackson, loving mother and grandmother, was born July 17, 1942 to Henry and Amelia Holdgrafer. She was raised on a farm near Donnelly, Minnesota and attended Morris High School. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Physical Therapy. She dedicated the past 40 years to helping families and children in her profession. Dolores was married to Jerry Jackson in 1964 and moved to Brainerd, Minnesota. While there, she worked at the hospital and started her family. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1971 and raised their five children. Dolores worked as a Physical Therapist for the past 40 years, with the last 22 years in the Sioux Falls School District in the Birth to Three Program. She was an active member of Christ the King Catholic Parish for the past 38 years. Dolores dedicated her life to helping others. Her greatest joys were working with children in her profession and spending time with her grandchildren. She took the time to embrace each child's uniqueness and special qualities. She will be remembered for her work with others and for always placing others needs before her own. She may be best described as sincere, genuine, and gracious. She will be greatly missed by those left to cherish her memory. Blessed to have shared her life are her children, Ann (Randy) Cowan, Mary Jackson, Jeff (Shawn) Jackson, John (Karla) Jackson, all of Sioux Falls, and Tom (Christy) Jackson of Midland, MI; her eight grandchildren, Andrew, Joshua, Davis, Miles, Addy, August, Joseph, Kaylee; and two brothers, Ron (Joyce) Holdgrafer of Schaumburg, IL and Gary (Mary) Holdgrafer of Edmonton, AB.
Dolores, age 68, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2011 after a short battle with T Cell Lymphoma. She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 2 pm Wednesday with a prayer service at 7 pm at Heritage Funeral Home, 4800 S. Minnesota Ave.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Feeding the Hunger Backpack Program at http://www.feedingsouthda