Edith M. "Babe" Fennell

Edith M. "Babe" Fennell, age 106, of Philip, died Tuesday, January 04, 2005, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m., all at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip, South Dakota.

A memorial is established.


10:00 a.m. Monday, January 10, 2005

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Philip, South Dakota


Father Ron Garry


JoAnne Stilwell - Organist

Maureen Palecek - Vocalist

LECTOR: Keith Emerson

PALLBEARERS: Ron Coyle - Rick Coyle, Mark Coyle - Buddy Coyle, Joe Gittings - Bill Gottsleben

HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Joe Price - Eddie Baye, Sr.

INTERMENT: Masonic Cemetery, Philip, South Dakota

Edith M. "Babe" Burns was born March 13, 1898, on a farm near Bristol, South Dakota, the daughter of William and Annie (Fisher) Burns. At the age of eight, she moved with her parents, three brothers and two sisters to homestead near Ash Creek in Haakon County, South Dakota, thirty miles northwest of Philip. She grew up there and received her education.

She was united in marriage to Thomas Fennell on October 5, 1920, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, by Father Reid. After their marriage, they farmed and ranched in the Ash Creek area until moving into Philip in 1923. After her sons grew up, she worked as a cleaning lady at the Senechal Hotel for several years. Tom preceded her in death on September 5, 1955.

Babe continued to live in Philip where she took care of her family and worked many hours as a volunteer at the Philip Nursing Home.

Babe was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Evening Guild, and did a great deal of volunteer work at the Philip Nursing Home and in the Philip community.

Grateful for having shared her life include one son Bernard Fennell and his wife Bernadette of Mission Hills, California; four grandchildren Kenneth Fennell of Glendive, Montana, LaVonne Fennell of Elko, Nevada, John Fennell of Goleta, California, and Maureen Seidenglanz of Newhall, California; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a nephew Vernon Burns of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband Thomas, Babe was preceded in death by one son Charles Fennell; her parents; three brothers Charles, William and John Burns; and two sisters Nellie Mobley and Eva Burns.