DOXTAD, Catherine L. (1917-2020)
Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 1/28/2021 at 16:10:42
Catherine Lorraine Doxtad
(January 14, 1917 – December 8, 2020)
HOLSTEIN – Private family graveside services for Catherine Lorraine Doxtad (née Harris), 103, of Holstein were in the Holstein Cemetery at Holstein with the Rev. Bob Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Holstein Cemetery at Holstein. There was no visitation. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein was in charge of arrangements.
Catherine was born Jan. 14, 1917, in Dakota City, Neb., daughter of Ernest and Bessie (Sharp) Harris. She graduated from Homer High School, along with her destined beau, Floyd Rohde Doxtad, in 1935. Amidst a world war, fate and Catherine called Floyd home from his service in the South Pacific and the couple married the day after Christmas 1944. That night, they danced their first dance as inseparable husband and wife. They settled into farming in Emerson, Neb., and South Sioux City, Neb. In 1946, life brought them their first child, Diane. In 1949, Catherine, pregnant with the couple’s second child, and Floyd drove their ’46 Oldsmobile across the dusty Iowa roads to a farm halfway between Holstein and Galva. The couple bid every cent they had, $349 an acre and, by will and fate, not another hand was raised to venture a countering bid. In 1950, their son, Dan, was born. Over time, the Doxtad farm and the Doxtad family grew. Catherine lived less than a mile from four of her grandsons. In 2012, Floyd died with Catherine at his side, leaving them apart for the longest they’d been in their 68 years of marriage. She died Dec. 8, 2020, at AbiliT Senior Living in Holstein. She was a devoted wife, doting mother, adoring grandmother and resolute matriarch of the Doxtad Family of northwest Iowa, after nearly 104 years of ever-graceful and sharp-witted living.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margaret Hirsch; two brothers, H.K. James Harris; a daughter, Diane Mattis; and Catherine’s husband and dance and partner, Floyd.
Catherine is survived by her son, Daniel (Julie) Doxtad; and her grandsons: R. Brent (Daria) Mattis, James Doxtad, Lucas (Donna) Doxtad, David (Jenna) Doxtad and Matthew (Meagan) Doxtad. Also surviving are her nine great-grandchildren: James Mattis, Stella and Amelia Doxtad, Kate and Duke Doxtad, and Sophia, Louis, Archer and Theodore Doxtad.
Sources: Ida County Courier, Ida Grove, Iowa, Tues, Dec 15, 2020 and Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home & Monument Company, Holstein, Iowa at https://www.nicklasdjensenfh.com/
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