Tahlequah Daily Press

September 9, 2013

Dolores “Dee” Hedlund


TAHLEQUAH — Dolores “Dee” Hedlund was born on Oct. 19, 1930, in St. Paul, Minn., to Robert and Florence (Humphrey) Jabs and went to be with the Lord on Aug. 30, 2013.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday Sept. 9, 2013, in the Go Ye Village Chapel. Interment will follow in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home.

Dee was an only child, but times were difficult in the ‘30s, so she was not given lots of “things,” but was given plenty of love by her parents. At an early age, two neighbor girls invited her to the Presbyterian Church. Her parents agreed and soon they also were attending.

Dee accepted Jesus there and had many happy memories, of Christian endeavor where she met a young man, John Hedlund, who had just returned from serving in the Navy during World War II and was attending the University of Minnesota. They were married Dec. 28, 1948, and four months later moved to Hot Springs, S.D. in the southern Black Hills. Jack was hired by the Bureau of Reclamation as a surveyor for a dam which was being constructed.

After five and 1/2 years in South Dakota, they returned to Minnesota and settled in Bloomington.

During those years in South Dakota, they were blessed with two sons, Jay Thomas, in 1952, and Lyle John, in 1954. Dee developed Type 1 diabetes but was able to continue living a normal life. She served her church as a Sunday school teacher and Pioneer Girl leader and also swerved meals at the elementary school.

In 1995 they moved to Tahlequah, to become residents of Go Ye Village. The transition was easy as it is a lovely place and people were so friendly. It wasn’t long and they were involves as volunteers.

She was a member of First Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her parents and her aunt Evelyn.

She is survived by her very devoted husband, Jack; and sons Jay of Minneapolis, Minn., and Lyle and wife Mei of Dallas; one daughter, Janet, of Williams, Ariz.; grandchildren Christopher and wife Natasha, Krystal and husband Ben and Melinda and great-granddaughter Cassandra; two great-grandsons, Michael and Jude; and nieces, Joan, Connie and Nancy in Minnesota.

Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, (918) 456-8823.