PARKSTON — Eunice C. Anderson, 85, died at Avera Bormann Manor in Parkston on Friday, January 18, 2012. Funeral service will be Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Highmore at 10:30 AM with burial following in Highmore Cemetery in Highmore. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 5 - 7 PM at Koehn Bros. Funeral Home in Parkston with a Wake Service at 7:00 PM.
Eunice C. Jacobson Anderson was born December 16, 1927 on the family farm in Wadena Township Minnesota to Martin and Gracie Wanless Jacobson. She attended Wibel Ross rural school until the 3rd grade. The family then moved to Whitewood, South Dakota. The school closed after her junior year of high school so the family moved to Deadwood, South Dakota where she graduated from High School.
She was raised in the Lutheran Faith which she attended faithfully until moving to Parkston where she joined the Catholic Church. Eunice worked as a telephone operator in Deadwood, prior to moving to Highmore. While working as a secretary for the extension service she met Harold D. Anderson of Highmore. They were married on February 8, 1948 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Deadwood. They raised four sons, Scott, Burton, Michael and Justin (Dusty) whom she loved very much.
During her married years she enjoyed ranch life and especially meeting all the wonderful people who came to look at the cattle and attend the annual bull sales. Her special interests included the
Ruth Circle and Country Side Garden Club where she made many life long friendships. She also enjoyed countless hours volunteering at the Highmore nursing home and spent many years in the Stockgrowers Auxiliary then known as the Cowbelles. There she served all offices including State President. After moving to the Black Hills in 1991, she enjoyed volunteering teaching English as a Second Language and managing the T.C.A.C.C Clothing Store in Lead. While there she was awarded the Good Samaritan Award in 1997. After moving to Parkston in 2002, her activities included volunteering at MOM’s group, Sacred Heart and enjoyed following the Minnesota Twins and the Parkston Trojans. Eunice’s first love was her family. She enjoyed cooking and time spent with them. Eunice loved being with and watching her grandkids and great grandkids whether it was playing cards, watching them participate in sports, riding horse, or in the showring.
Eunice was happiest in the kitchen and especially enjoyed when family and friends gathered to enjoy her lutefisk and lefsa dinners and bona cata parties.
Survivors include 3 sons: Burton & Laura Anderson, Highmore, SD, Michael Anderson, Mitchell, SD and Dusty & Cindy Anderson, Parkston, SD and daughter-in-law Linda Anderson, Sturgis. Twelve grandchildren: JD & Sylvia Anderson, Crystal Anderson & Mark Stemwedel, Darrah & Kristi Anderson, LaCosta & Gregory Jackson, Ashley & Cory Kemp, Jesse Anderson, Nathan & Jaycee Novotny, Bryce Anderson, Terra & Mike Robb, Shae & Jake Stephenson, Staci & Nick Wolf, Cole Anderson. Fifteen great grandchildren: Adam, August & Aidalisa Anderson, Wyatt & Claire Anderson, Lillica & Ivy Jackson, Alexis & Alyson Novotny, Haylie, Tyrel & Baylee Kemp, Clayson Robb, Colt & Whitley Wolf. Three sisters: Janet Mason, Genevieve Nickerson and Arlene & Harlan Gustafson, two sister-in-laws, Mavis Dorsey and Shirley Jacobson. Proceeded in death by her parents, husband Harold, son Scott Anderson and granddaughter, Shantel Anderson, one brother, Lorin Jacobson and three brother-in-laws: Howard Mason, Laurel Nickerson and Bill Dorsey.
Facebook post from Linda Anderson:
Tonight I lost the person that gave me the love of my life; she will always be in my heart and truly missed by all of her family! I hope I can only be as strong as Eunice was.
***In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the South Dakota 4-H Foundation
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