Eleanor Wilson, age 87, of Kadoka, S.D., died Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at the Pioneer Manor in Gillette, Wyo.
Eleanor J. Holmes was born February 16, 1923, in Kadoka, S.D., one of four children born to Robert "Bob" and Evelyn (Perault) Holmes. She graduated from high school in Kadoka, and was married to Kenneth "Ken" Wilson in 1943 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where Ken was stationed in the Army.
While living in Kadoka, Eleanor was active in the Legion Auxiliary and Eastern Star, when she wasn't working at the People's Market owned by her husband. In the mid-60s, Eleanor and Ken moved their family to Pierre for a brief time after selling the People's Market. Following the purchase of a motel, the Wilson's moved their family to Cheyenne, Wyoming. In the late 70s, Eleanor and Ken retired and moved into a retirement community in Mesa, Arizona. In 2007, Eleanor and Ken purchased a house and moved back to Kadoka.
With Ken passing away in 2008, the house became too much for Eleanor and she moved into senior apartments at Holiday Hills in Rapid City. Following recent illnesses and visits to the hospital in Rapid City, Eleanor's need for additional care was required. She then moved into Pioneer Manor in Gillette, Wyoming, to be closer to family.
Eleanor is survived by her two sons, Wayne Wilson and his wife, Patty, of Gillette, Wyoming, and their sons, Andy and Bobby and his wife, Shannon, and great-grandson, Ezra, and Bob Wilson and his wife, Malia, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two step-grandchildren, Justin and Shauna; five step-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Ken, Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Evelyn Holmes; two sisters, Margie Lone and Viola Hankins; and one brother, John Holmes.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 19, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Music for the service was provided by Ruth McCubbin, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Russ and Bud Olney. Pallbearers were Orville Josserand, Bud Weller, Floren Falzone, Larry Hankins, Glenn Freeman and Jim Kujawa.
Interment was at the Kadoka Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.
Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com