Eleanor Harkin, age 93, of Interior, died Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Eleanor Louise Vifquain was born May 9, 1919, in Springview, Neb., the daughter of Elmer V. and Nellie (Kenaston) Vifquain. She grew up on a farm near Springview, and graduated from Keya Paha High School in Springview, in 1937. As a young lady she worked in Alliance, Neb., as a waitress and also worked at St. Agnes Academy.
Eleanor was united in marriage to Burnis J. Harkin on January 21, 1942, in Alliance. They made their home in Alliance for a short time before moving to a dude ranch south of Spearfish. They moved to Rapid City for a short time before moving back to Alliance in 1948. They made their home in Alliance for 10 years before moving to Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1958, where she worked for P.I.E. as a secretary for two years. In June 1960, they moved to Denver, Colo., where she worked for a dry cleaner for three years, and then worked for Blue Cross & Blue Shield until retiring in 1980. In the summer of 1980, Eleanor and Burnis moved to Interior.
Eleanor was an avid horsewoman and Eleanor and Burnis rode over 800 miles during the South Dakota Centennial Wagon Train in 1989. They were also involved in many other wagon trains in South Dakota and Nebraska.
Her husband, Burnis, preceded her in death on January 17, 1993. Eleanor continued to reside in Interior.
Eleanor was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and a former member of the Current Events Club, both of Interior.
Survivors include seven sons, Joe Harkin and his wife Shirley of Vancouver, Wash., George Harkin and his wife, Ann, of Denver, Colo., Victor Harkin of Denver, Bill Harkin of Denver, Pat Harkin and his wife, Suzanne, of Model, Colo., Jerry Harkin of Pueblo, Colo., and Ricky Harkin and his wife, Michele, of Model; two daughters, Barbara Manley and her husband, Larry, of Interior, and Mary Beth Perkins and her husband, Scott, of Interior; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Vifquain and his wife, Louella, of Nemo; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Burnis, Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Victor Vifquain; and a sister, Elizabeth Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 23, at the Interior School Gym, with Father Leo Hausmann as celebrant.
Music will be provided by Dorothy Shearer, pianist, with congregational hymns.
Ushers will be Kevin Kruse, Perry Guptill and Chuck Carlbom.
Pallbearers are Joe, George, Victor, Bill, Jerry and Rick Harkin.
Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Interior.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com