Blanche P. Parsons

Blanche P. Parsons, age 90, of Rapid City, S.D., formerly of Philip, died Sunday, August 14, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Blanche Patricia King was born March 17, 1921, in Pierre, the daughter of William A. and Lena (Erickson) King, of Milesville. She grew up on a farm-ranch east of Milesville. Blanche attended rural school, of which five years of school was held in her father's living room. She attended Philip High School graduating in 1938. She attended one year of college in Brookings, and later graduated from the National College of Business in Rapid City. She worked in Rapid City for Commercial Credit.

Blanche was united in marriage to Robert G. LaFee on August 24, 1941, and to this union were born two children, Barbara and David. In 1942, the family moved back to Milesville where they were engaged in farming. Robert LaFee died as a result of a farming accident in August 1946. Blanche and the children moved to Philip where she was employed by Philip Motor Company as a bookkeeper.

Blanche was united in marriage to Dean Parsons in February 1949 in Rapid City and to this union were born two daughters, Ruth and Beth. Blanche worked as a bookkeeper for Baye and Parsons John Deere Implement from 1950 to 1957 when the business was sold. The family then moved to Quinn, where they were engaged in farming.

In later years, Blanche lived in Reno, Nev., Sun City, Ariz., and Pierre, Wall and Rapid City, S.D. She traveled to many foreign countries, one of her most memorable was to Israel. She was active in an Extension club and Badlands Quilters Guild. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and giving things she made to family. Blanche loved the Lord Jesus Christ and was active in churches wherever she lived. She was especially blessed by her Awana class at Evangelical Free Church in Wall, her Sunday school class and Ladies Bible Study Group at South Canyon Baptist Church in Rapid City. She will be greatly missed by a host of friends and family.

Thankful for having shared her life include her children, David (Linda) LaFee of Keystone, Barbara (Monty) Hackens of Rapid City, Ruth (Jerome) Butters of Gypsum, Colo., and Beth (Zane) Jeffries of Milesville; her grandchildren, Douglas, Daniel, Dustin and Eric (Ellen Nicole) Hackens, Mark (Cindy) and Charles VanVleck, Lisa (Patrick) Scheetz, Julie (Steve) Miller, Kathryn and Richard Butters, Matthew and Murdock Arthur, and Amber (Brad) Beer; great-grandchildren, Morgann and Marc Miller, Zander Scheetz, Burke and Blake Beer, Logan and Madison Hackens, Ganeva and David VanVleck, Jon Aleman, and Erica Cortez.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, her husband, Robert G. LaFee, and a grandson, Veryl L. Hackens.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 18, at the Evangelical Free Church in Philip, with Pastor Gary Wahl, Pastor Brent Reeves, and Pastor Paul Lloyd officiating.

Music will be provided by Sharon Olivier, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Ushers will be Boyd Parsons, Jr. and Byron Parsons. Pallbearers will be Douglas, Daniel, Dustin and Eric Hackens, Mark and Charles Van Vleck, Lisa Scheetz, Julie Miller, Kathryn and Richard Butters, Matthew and Murdock Arthur and Amber Beer.

Private family interment will take place at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

A memorial is established to Campus Crusade for Christ.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com