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Wisdom and grace are top qualities of state’s oldest resident

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 3rd, 2013

While Dagmar “Dolly” Keehn of Flandreau has been South Dakota's oldest “lifelong” resident for two years, she is now believed to be the oldest living South Dakotan.

Dolly is known for her beautiful smile, upbeat attitude, and kind nature. When first told of her place as one of South Dakota's oldest residents last year, Dolly spoke about hard work and the importance of stepping in when called upon.

“You find out you can learn a lot. Look around and see what’s happening. Get busy and help others. Look at every day as it comes, and see what you can do.”

In addition to her wisdom and grace, Dolly's sense of humor has remained fully intact throughout her 100-plus years. This year, Riverview Rehabilitation and Health Care Center's residents created a "Words of Wisdom" booklet for the many 2013 high school, college, and nursing graduates hailing from Riverview.

Dolly's advice? "Don’t get any wilder than the old folks! God Bless you all!"

Keehn, 108, takes the place of the state's previous oldest resident, Dorothy Antritter, who was 108 and died Saturday, August 24 in Watertown, according to LuAnn Severson, Century Club coordinator for the South Dakota Health Care Association.

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