|Birth: ||May 5, 1936|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 2009|
West Valley City
Salt Lake County
Dorothy was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Clyde and Rilla Keefer.
She grew up in St. Anthony, Idaho and was the youngest of five children. She graduated from South Fremont High School and attended ISU as well as a Floral Design School in Denver.
On March 3, 1957, she married Dennis Gifford of Ashton, Idaho.
Dennis and Dorothy made their home in Ashton, where they farmed potatoes and barley. Dorothy also worked in a floral shop in St. Anthony with her mother. Dorothy was very busy with civic activities in Ashton and worked with the library as well as the medical center helping to recruit doctors to work in Ashton.
Dorothy worked with the Fremont County Historical Society to preserve the Johnny Sack Cabin in Island Park, Idaho. She worked with Sec. Of Interior Cecil Andrus, Senator Frank Church and Senator James McClure and with her effort the Johnny Sack cabin is still standing. Dennis and Dorothy also raised three daughters.
In the summer of 1986, Dorothy, Dennis, and Heidi moved to Salt Lake City. Dorothy worked for Landures Produce as a salesperson. In 1988, she opened her own herb business known as Farmer's Daughter Herbs. Along with help from her family she sold fresh cooking herbs to local restaurants and grocery stores.
She became very active with The Chefs Association and won the "Purveyor of the Year" award as well as the "Lifetime Achievement" award. She donated many herbs to Salt Lake Community College and Red Butte Gardens and helped educate others on the use and care of fresh herbs.
She was able to run the business until the summer of '08 when health problems forced her into retirement. Dorothy was very proud of being a woman who owned and operated a small business and having it be successful for over 20 years.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Dennis, her three daughters Lurah Klatt (Steve), Jacqueline Gifford Dilley (Joe), and Heidi Henderson (Daryl) as well as three grandchildren Zachary and Jeremy Henderson and Elizabeth Dilley. She is also survived by her brother Don Keefer PhD (Virginia) of Idaho Falls.
Mom, you leave behind quite a legacy and you will be remembered as a strong, wonderful woman who accomplished many things. We love you Mom, and thank you for an example of a wonderful fulfilling life.
You will be missed. Love from your Farmer's Daughters, Lorrie, Jacque and Heidi D, Thank you for 52 amazing years. It has been quite an adventure! Love you, D. Grandma, Thank you for making a difference in our lives. We love you! Lizzy, Zach, and Jeremy.
In lieu of flowers please go out to dinner and support your local restaurants and chefs or be your own cook and don't forget the herbs!
There will not be a funeral service.
Published in the Deseret News on 7/12/2009.
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Jul 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39351087
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