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Ethel V. Osburn

Ethel V. Osburn, age 101, of Philip, died Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Services were held Monday, July 25, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Don Lagge officiating.

Music was provided by JoAnne Stilwell, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Ushers were Jack Hansen and Willis Blom. Pallbearers were Grant Olson, Mick Henderson, Jerry Stilwell, Jerry Parkinson, Darral Brooks and Dale Pettyjohn.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip, with Rush Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Ethel Viola Jackson was born September 24, 1903, in Bristol, SD, the daughter of Thomas and Selma (Palmer) Jackson. She grew up on a homestead eight miles south of Murdo, and in the town of Murdo, where she graduated from high school in 1923. Ethel completed two years of higher education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, earning her teaching certificate. She taught two years in rural schools near Draper and Murdo, and in Hermosa for one year.

Ethel was united in marriage to Paul Osburn on September 4, 1928, in Mitchell, SD. After their marriage, they lived in Kadoka for

fifteen years, where they operated a men's clothing store and dry cleaning plant for several years. In 1943, they moved to Philip where they owned and operated a hardware, appliance, and propane gas business until their retirement in 1973.

Her husband, Paul, preceded her in death on September 27, 1976. After his death, she continued to live in Philip, where she has since resided.

During her retirement years, her hobbies included painting, particularly Badlands and prairie scenes, working with crafts, and traveling.

Ethel was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Philip and was active in many community and club organizations including Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, Philip Women's Club, and the Philip Museum Society.

Ethel is survived by her two sons, Jim Osburn and his wife, Pat, of Rapid City, and Lary Osburn of Philip; two grandsons, John Osburn and his wife, Carol, and their children, Eddie and Jannine; and Douglas Osburn of Johnstown, PA.

In addition to her husband, Paul Osburn, Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; and two grandchildren, Christy and William.

A memorial has been established.