Berdyne Parsons, age 82, of Philip, S.D., died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Berdyne Joanne Alys Peterson was born March 5, 1931, at the old Philip hospital, the 10th of 14 children born to Jacob Roger and Rena (Bettelyoun) Peterson. Her name Berdyne was from her dad’s Norwegian heritage, and she was his cousin, Berdyne Halse’s namesake. She grew up in the Philip area, and received her education in Philip.
Berdyne married Frank Parsons on December 5, 1947, in Sturgis. They lived all of their married life at Milesville, until moving to town in 2004.
While in Milesville, she was on the election board, a census taker, and a crop reporter. She served on the Hardingrove School Board, various church boards, and on the Hans P. Peterson Hospital and Nursing Home Board.
Berdyne loved to garden and canned many jars of produce. She especially enjoyed flower gardening. People would drive out from town to see her flower gardens in the shape of the suits of a deck of cards. Keeping a beautiful yard and home was important. She was an avid Scrabble player and worked a crossword puzzle every day. She was a master bridge player for over 50 years. Sewing and creating new things was something she loved to do. She made numerous needlework pictures, pillows, and over 100 quilts for family and friends. She refinished and upholstered furniture making something old, new. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed making a good meal. She was challenged with rheumatoid arthritis for nearly 40 years, a chronic affliction she inherited from her dad, but despite the pain she made the most of every day with courage and determination.
She was a ranch wife, but she preferred to stay home and take care of the house and children. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life.
Her husband, Frank, preceded her in death on February 28, 2010. Berdyne continued to make her home in Philip. While in Philip, Berdyne was a member of the Bad River Senior Citizen's Center.
Survivors include two sons, Roger Parsons and his wife, Terri, of Pierre, and Doug Parsons of Rapid City; one daughter, Brigitte Brucklacher and her husband, Bruce, of Philip; six grandchildren, Cody Parsons of Williams-port, Pa., Kelly Parsons of Rapid City, Wendy (Dan) Peterson of Minneapolis, Minn., Amy (Fred) Gray of New Hope, Minn., Skye Brucklacher of Kadoka, and Gavin Brucklacher of Philip; six great-grandchildren, Makaylah, Myah and Miles Gray of New Hope, and Joscelyn, Sevanna, and Jenessa Parsons of Fairfax, Va.; two sisters, Virginia Barnes of Trenton, Mich., and Beatrice Ramsey of Spearfish; a daughter-in-law, Vikki Parsons of Rapid City, and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Frank, Berdyne was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters, Vera Grable, Irene Hanson, Marcine Pipal, Eileen Brooks, Dorcas Cameron and Drexel Kay Peterson as a child; and five brothers, James, Max, Roger, Dale and Edward Allen Peterson as an infant.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 28, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com