Dorothy Markus


Dorothy Jean Markus, 86, of Egan, SD, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at Riverview Healthcare Center in Flandreau, SD.
Dorothy was born on April 6, 1937 in Brookings, SD to Arnold and Herta (Nissen) Olson. She grew up on a farm outside of Brookings and received her education in country school and later graduated from Brookings High School. In July of 1956 she was united in marriage to Chan Markus; to this union the couple was blessed with three children, Pam, Greg, and Patti and the family lived in Egan, SD.
Dorothy had many hobbies; however, she really enjoyed baking and making candy everyone. Every Christmas she was called on by many people to place an order of her baked goods and candy. She was also an avid gardener; she had a large garden and would can goods every year. Her and Chan were also dog breeders of White Shepards and sold them all over the country.
She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Flandreau, SD, and the American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary in Egan, SD.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Pam Gillespie and her husband, George, Hartford, SD, and Greg Markus of Egan, SD; siblings, Roger Olson, ID, Barabara Boulanger, Brownville, TX, Justine Christianson, St. Louis, MO, Omar Olson, Brookings, SD, Darrel Olson and his wife, Rita, Brookings, SD; grandchildren, Jacob Markus and his wife, Ashley, Brookings, SD, Loree Markus, Egan, SD, Jeana Davis and her husband, Griffin, Belmont, NC, David Gillespie, and Michael Gillespie of Hartford, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Herta Olson, husband, Chan Markus, daughter, Patti Packard, and brothers, Richard and Dean Olson.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 27, 2023 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.