Etta Mae Crouch

Etta Mae Crouch, age 96, of Rapid City, formerly of Wall, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, in Rapid City.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 15, at the Evangelical Free Bible Church in Wall.

Music for the service was provided by Rose Barber, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Gerald Julson and Jim Barber. Pallbearers were Dave Hahn, Dean Parsons, Lawrence Schreiber, Rod Renner, Dean and Gene Patterson.

Interment was in the Wall Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall was in charge of arrangements.

Etta Mae Newkirk was born February 13, 1910, in Wagner, SD, the daughter of Henry Clifton and Nora Elizabeth (Holstein) Newkirk.

She grew up on a farm in Ravinia, SD, and received her education in that area. After graduation she attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD, and later attended the Rapid City School of Business. After her schooling, she remained in Rapid City and worked as a secretary stenographer for Black Hills Power and Light for 16 years.

Etta was united in marriage to George O'Brien Crouch on May 31, 1950, in Sturgis, SD. They made their home on George's farm-ranch located 26 miles north of Wall. In 1960, they moved into Wall but they continued to operate the homestead until 1967. While in Wall, Etta was the city auditor from 1962 to 1972.

Etta and George moved to the Westhills Village in Rapid City on February 29, 1988. George preceded her in death on December 10, 1998. Etta continued to live at Westhills Village until moving to Westhills South Assisted Living in 2001, and later into the Westhills Village Healthcare Center.

Etta was a charter member of the Evangelical Free Bible Church of Wall. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, music, and played the accordion in which she was self-taught.

Grateful for having shared her life are three sons, John Crouch and his wife, Marie, of Clarinda, IA, Barth Crouch and his wife, Susan, of Salina, KS, and Keith Crouch and his wife, Judy, of Pittsfield, MA; seven grandchildren, Tim, Eric, Jeana, Bindy, Ken, Casey and Jessica; seven great-grandchildren, Candus, Brandi, Tara, Kelsey, Collin, Kaitlyn, and Seth; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband George, Etta was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Cliff and Wray Newkirk.

A memorial has been established.