Clara Belle Weller_______________________________
Clara Belle Weller, age 79, of Kadoka, S.D., died Friday morning, October 25, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Clara Belle Wilson was born January 21, 1934, in Pierre, the daughter of William Key and Sarah Patience (Sutton) Wilson. She grew up in Kadoka where she graduated from Kadoka High School in 1952. She then attended South Dakota State College in Brookings where she received her home economics degree.
Clara Belle was united marriage to Harold D. “Bud” Weller on August 14, 1955, in Kadoka. In 1957, she taught one year at Kadoka High School and 10 years later she started to teach full time, a position she held until retiring after 25 years. Later she cooked at the Kadoka Nursing Home and for the meals at the senior citizens center in Kadoka.
After retirement she continued to reside on the ranch. Because of health reasons, she moved into the Kadoka Care Center in May 2013.
Clara Belle was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Kadoka and Quilters for Christ at the senior citizens center.
Survivors include her husband, Harold “Bud” Weller of Kadoka; one son, Keith Weller and his wife, Diane, of Mitchell; two daughters, Katie M. Knutson and her husband, Craig, of Spearfish, and Terri D. Renfro and her husband, Dan, of Macksville, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; one sister, Lucy Freeman and her husband, Glenn, of Kadoka; a brother-in-law, Lester of Aberdeen; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Clara Belle was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Kenneth Wilson; and one sister, Charlotte Clarke.
Services were held Monday, October 28, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Eulogy was given by Janet VanderMay. Music was provided by Joyce Wheeler, pianist, and Bonnie Shoemaker, vocalist, with special music by Clara Belle’s family.
Ushers were Buster Peterson and Chuck VanderMay. Pallbearers were Sharon Knutson, Alyssa Dawson, Joshua Knutson, Marc Renfro, Samuel Weller, Andrew Weller, Kristina Knutson, Rachel Knutson, Kyla Knapp and Jenna Renfro.
Interment was at the Kadoka Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Kadoka Nursing Home and the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com