Doris Urke Aug. 26, 1914 - Nov. 2, 2006 EDEN PRAIRIE -- Doris Urke, 92, of Eden Prairie and formerly of Granite Falls, died Thursday at the Presbyterian Home in Bloomington. The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Church of Christ in...
Aug. 26, 1914 - Nov. 2, 2006
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Doris Urke, 92, of Eden Prairie and formerly of Granite Falls, died Thursday at the Presbyterian Home in Bloomington.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Church of Christ in Granite Falls. Burial will be in the Vesta Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Sunset Funeral Home in Echo and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso.
She was born Aug. 26, 1914, in Vesta, Redwood County, to Charles and Stina (Brakke) Terhell. She attended country schools through eighth grade and moved into town to live with her grandmother and attended high school. She graduated from Milroy High School in 1933 and then attended normal school in Renville. She taught at country schools in the Vesta area for the next seven years.
On Jan. 17, 1942, she married Louis Urke in Redwood Falls, and they moved to Oakland, Calif., where she operated a room and boarding house while Louis worked in the shipyards. They bought and moved to a farm near Walnut Grove. In 1948, they moved to a farm near Vesta where they farmed for 12 years. In 1960, they bought a farm west of Granite Falls where they lived until 1991. She became a home health aide. After Louis' death, she has lived in Eden Prairie.
She was a 4-H leader, president of the Stoney Run Homemakers Club and a member of the United Church of Christ women's group while in Granite Falls. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and World Prayer Day.
She is survived by two daughters: Sandra (and Howard) Dyrdahl of Plymouth; Brenda Urke (and husband Philip Bly) of Eden Prairie; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.