HURON — Arlys Bader, 74, of Huron, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021, at her home with her family by her side, from a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Riverview United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Her service will be live-streamed through the Riverview United Methodist Church and Virgil United Methodist Church website.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at Kuhler Funeral Home, with her family present from 5 to 7 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.
Arlys was born March 11, 1947, to George C. and Magdalene (Yantzi) Bednar.
On September 2, 1967, Arlys married her soulmate, Darrell Bader, at Huron. They made their home in rural Virgil on a dairy farm. In 1991, they moved to Huron.
Arlys met Laura Ingalls Wilder as a young woman. This encourage-inspired Arlys to take pen to paper as an adult and become an accomplished poet and author, earning awards for her poems and publishing a book. Arlys graduated with an associate’s degree from Huron College of commerce. She then later in life graduated with a literary degree.
Aryls enjoyed writing poetry. She had a way with words and you can tell by reading her poetry. She even went on to write a book and have it published. Arlys was also very gifted with a paintbrush. She loved to sit down with her canvas and paintbrushes. She was a woman with strong beliefs and a solid stance on her foundation and core values. She had an abounding faith and loved Jesus. Right from the start, Aryls was a lifetime caregiver, always caring for everyone around her. Arlys’ pride and joy were her grandkids and her precious great-grandchild Finn. There was no greater gift to her than her family. She was looking forward to dancing with her beloved Darrell.
Grateful for having shared in her life are her beautiful children whom she cherished, Brad and Loretta Bader, Marsha and Todd Thomas and Steven Bader, all of Huron; two grandchildren, Mason Thomas and Katie Morehouse of Sioux Falls and Abby Thomas of Huron; one great-grandson, Finn; two sisters-in-law, Ann (Maynard) Teppo of Fruitdale and Deanna Bader of Sioux Falls; one brother-in-law, Darrell Ward of Belle Fouche; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; one very special niece, Patty Eden of Farmington, Minn.; one special woman whom she called sister, Ann Teppo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on February 23, 2013; her siblings, Muriel Goetsch, Donna Ward, Dwaine Bednar, and Ervin Bednar.