Dorothy Polley's Story
Dorothy Polley Ringsrud of Milledgeville, GA and Deadwood, SD passed away on April 9, 2017 at the age of 94. She was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Polley of Sioux City, Iowa. Dorothy attended Morningside College and Elgin College, and during WWII served as an instrument repair specialist with the United States Army Air Force. After the War, she worked for the Van Schrevan Jewelers of Sioux City as a watch maker.
In 1947, she married Ronald Ringsrud who was an automobile dealer in Elk Point, SD. To them were born two sons Rian and Ronald II. Her husband an United States Army Reserve Officer was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and the family lived in Sioux City until they could join him in Europe.
Dorothy studied Art in Germany and the University of Mississippi which started her off on an illustrious and various career. Among other things she became a free lance Writer and Poet many of which were published with recognition of her ability. Subsequent to a Military career a home was established in Deadwood, SD where she owned and operated a gift shop, became interested in Republican politics and served as a delegate to the convention in Pierre and the National convention in Atlanta, Georgia, and served as the chair person of the Deadwood library.
She was a very active member in P.E.O. having established new chapters in Mississippi and Georgia, was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxillary.
It was her honor to have met Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. She was a delightful hostess and entertained Senator and Mrs. Francis Case in Europe, and Governor and Mrs. Gubbrud in Puerto Rico.
Surviving are two sons Rian (Hilda) of Milledgeville, GA, and Ronald II (Linda) of Saratoga, CA, and four grandchildren Rian II, Ashley, Eric, and Kip.
Published on April 11, 2017