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Mary Dodd

Jan. 21, 1921-Dec. 30, 2009

Mary Bell Dodd, 88, of Ogema, died Wednesday at St. Mary's-Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Northern Lights Tabernacle in Richwood, with Pastor Harold Soyring officiating. Interment will be in the Strawberry Lake Mennonite Cemetery in rural Ogema.

Mary was born to Ross and Mathilda (Manning) Riggle on January 21, 1921 in Frazee. She was raised and educated in Frazee. Mary was united in marriage to Victor Dodd June 2, 1936 in Frazee. They made their home in Frazee until moving to Sugar Bush Township in rural Ogema. Mary was a cook at the Job Corps Camp near Many Point Lake and, for a time, owned and operated the Strawberry Lake Store near Strawberry Lake. Victor died in 1989.

Mary loved children, cooking, the outdoors, doing crafts and, painting. Her kitchen was always open to whoever was hungry or needed help. Most importantly, she loved serving her Lord and Savior.

Surviving Mary are five daughters, Joy (Amos) Staltzfus of Winchester, Tenn., Louise Lawrence and Roxann Dodd, both of Ogema, Thelma (Bob) Collings of Perham, Robin (Gus) Dodd of Ogema; two sons, Victor (Patty) Dodd of Reading, Pa., and Ross Dodd of Ogema; several grand, great grand and great great grandchildren, and her special friend and home health care provider, Connie Cleveland.

In addition to her husband, Victor, Mary was preceded in death by two daughters, Esther Dodd and Sharon Stiyer; and two sons, Morris and Milton Dodd. The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at