Alice Wilmarth, age 94, of Kadoka, S.D., died Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Alice Paxton Bean was born May 3, 1919, at Hartford, Ky., the daughter of Ira D. and Bernice (Miller) Bean.
As a young child, she moved with her parents to Louisville, Ky., where Alice grew up and received her education. After graduating from J.M. Atherton High School for Girls in 1937, where she was a member of National Honor Society, she attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Alice was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, and served as president for one year. As an English major, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1941.
Alice went to work for Nichols General Hospital in Louisville, which is where she met the love of her life, Earl Wilmarth. Alice and Earl were married on July 27, 1945, in Louisville. While in Louisville, they had two sons, Rick and Ken.
They moved to Kadoka in 1949, and entered the tourism business with Earl’s uncle, Elmer Hortman. It was here that they had their third child, Lib. They later purchased the H&H Motel and Restaurant, with Vernon and Hellen Uhlir, which they owned and operated until their retirement in 1991.
Alice was a member of the Presbyterian church, where she was the organist, for many years. Alice was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, where she held many offices. Her various interests included needlepoint, crocheting, and reading. Alice enjoyed attending many of her grandchildrens’ sporting events, was a true fan of the University of Louisville Cardinals, and never missed watching the Kentucky Derby.
Survivors include two sons, Rick Wilmarth and his wife, Paulette, and Ken Wilmarth and his wife, Cindy, all of Kadoka; one daughter, Lib Thomas and her husband, Mike, of Aiken, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Lori (Jeff) Konst, Tammy (Tim) Merchen, Cody Wilmarth, Michelle (Mike) Norato, Tricia (Kyle) Amiotte, Eric Wilmarth, and Kim (Matt) Smyth; 15 great-grandchildren, Ty Merchen, Jade Konst, Kayla Wilmarth, Kylee Wilmarth, Taylor Merchen, Aaron Amaker, Jaslyn Konst, Samantha Wilmarth, Bridger Amiotte, Cedar Amiotte, Luke Norato, Sophia Norato, Younger Amiotte, Wyatt Smyth, and Cooper Smyth; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Wilmarth, on November 18, 2008; a granddaughter, Terri Dawn; and her parents.
Services were held Wednesday, January 22, at the Presbyterian church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Dave Ohrtmann and Taylor Merchen, vocalists.
Ushers were Bob Fugate, Sr. and Keith Bonenberger.
Pallbearers were Cody and Eric Wilmarth, Jeff Konst, Tim and Ty Merchen and Kyle Amiotte.
Graveside services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com