Effie Hunt, 72, of Eagle Butte, SD, passed away May 4, 2006, at I.H.S. Hospital in Eagle Butte from injuries received in a single car accident near Red Scaffold, SD.
Services were held Wednesday, May 10, at the Eagle Butte High School Auditorium with Rev. Wayne Olson officiating.
Burial was held at the Hunt Family Cemetery located on the Hunt Ranch south of Eagle Butte under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. A prayer service was held Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. MDT at the All Saints Catholic Church in Eagle Butte. Visitation Tuesday evening began at 5:00 p.m. MDT in Eagle Butte.
Casketbearers were grandsons Jody, J.J., Tom, Justin and Josh Hunt, nephew John Lopez, former student, Earl Maier and neighbor, Jerry Keckler.
Honorary casketbearers were grandchildren, Jakki, Jessica, Jordan, Jeb, Jana, J.T., Jimmie Jean and great grandchildren Natasha, Keysha, Daycen, Travis, Jalen and Mackenzie Hunt and all other friends and relatives.
Organist was Martha Clavel. Special music was by the Sunshine Bible Academy choir, singing “Steal Away,” “Shall We Gather at the River,” and “Beautiful Savior.” Jim and Joni Hunt sang “In the Garden” and Mitzi Hunt sang “A Daisy a Day.” The congregation gathered in “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Ushers were Dan Keller, George and JJ Mortenson, David Nelson, Joe Lopez, Johnny Holloway, Matt Lopez, Bill Procter, Gerald Stapert, and Bob Booth.
Effie Rebecca Lopez was born April 17, 1934, in Eagle Butte, SD, to Albert and Luvisa (Pelter) Lopez. She attended country school in the Eagle Butte and Timber Lake areas as well as one year at the Timber Lake Catholic School, her eighth grade year was spent at the Philip Public School. Effie graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 1952. Following high school Effie attended Ball State Teachers College in Indiana where she received her teaching credentials. Her first teaching job was in Ridgeview, SD.
On December 27, 1953, Effie married “Geno” Hunt at Pierre, SD. Following their marriage, Effie continued to teach while Geno returned to Germany to finish his service to the Army. Following his discharge they moved to Belle Fourche, SD, where Effie taught school and Geno attended Black Hills State Teachers College. They then taught in Meteetse, WY, and Plevna, MT. In 1962, they moved to the Cottonwood Ranch south of Eagle Butte with their two young sons, Jeff and Jim, where they have lived and ranched for the next 44 years. In 1964, Effie got a teaching job at Eagle Butte and also started taking summer classes at BHSC to complete her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She started teaching in the Midland School System in 1982 and taught there until her retirement in 2000. While teaching, Effie continued to go to summer school and obtained her master’s degree in education in 1990 from USD in Vermillion.
Effie spent her retirement years at the ranch busier than ever, fixing her yard and house and taking part in all her families’ activities. She loved to stay in touch with family, old friends and former students and attended many weddings and funerals, graduations and anniversaries.
Effie is survived by her husband of 52 years, Geno; sons, Jeff (Mitzi) Hunt of Dupree, SD, and Jim (Joni) Hunt of Faith, SD; grandchildren, Jody, J.J., Jakki, Tom, Jessica, Justin, Josh, Jordan, Jeb, Jana, J.T. and Jimmie Jean Hunt; great-grandchildren, Daycen, Mackenzie, Travis, Natasha, Keysha, and Jalen Hunt; one sister, Anna Belle (Sam) Mortenson of McLaughlin, SD; one brother, Lee Lopez of Meadow, SD; her mother-in-law, Jennie Hunt of Eagle Butte, SD, and a special nephew, John Lopez of Rapid City, SD, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and beloved friends and neighbors and 38 years of students.
Effie was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Luvisa; an infant; and one brother, Carl Kaiser.