Alice Beckwith, age 87, of Kadoka, died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Services were held Wednesday, March 28, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Organist for the service was Freddie Heck, and vocalists were Boyd and Pat Porch, Lyndy Ireland and Joyce Wheeler. Ushers were Larry Dolezal and Darrel Batie. Pallbearers were Brian Jay Beckwith, Sheldon Louis Beckwith, Megan Eloise Beckwith, Norman Amiotte, Ray Berry and Ronald Barber. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Ramey, Julian Whidby, Louie Grimes, Lornce Grimes and Lyle O'Bryan.
Interment was at the Kadoka Cemetery.
Alice Margaret Beckwith was born July 3, 1919, to Harmon and Mabel Loers in Parker, SD. As a young girl she moved with her parents to a ranch south of Pierre where she attended rural school. She stayed in Pierre in a boarding house in order to attend high school, which she graduated from in 1937.
She then went to St. Mary's School of Nursing where she cared for her favorite patient, Louis Beckwith. They were married August 6, 1942. She then graduated as an registered nurse in September of the same year. They had three boys join this union Larry, Jim "Digger" and Ed. After they were married, they lived in Rapid City a few years while Louis was active with the Civil Air Patrol. They then moved to a ranch east of Interior where they made their home, a home without the comforts of running water or electricity for a short time, which she was accustomed to at Pierre. They raised their boys between the ranch and the house in Kadoka.
She lived on the ranch until the death of her husband in August of 1966. She then worked at the Kadoka Hospital as a nurse. She later lived in Pierre and Rapid City. She moved back to Kadoka in
the fall of 2000 where she lived at the Gateway Apartments.
Alice was actively involved in the CowBelles which she served as president from 1955 to 1956. She was member of the Eastern Star and recently received her 50-year pin. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and traveling.
Survivors include three sons, Ed Beckwith of Kadoka, Larry Beckwith and his wife, Mary, of Gothenburg, NE, and Jim "Digger" Beckwith of Spearfish; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Louis, Alice was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Glen Loers and Willard Loers.
A memorial has been established.
Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome. com.