Evelyn Williams, age 86 of Wall, South Dakota, died Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.
Evelyn Melba Knapp was born November 27, 1924, at her parents' home west of Wall, South Dakota, near Sage Creek Bridge, the daughter of Joseph "Joe" and Opal (Drey) Knapp. She spent the first year of her life on a ranch near Sage Creek. In 1925, she moved with her family to a farm and ranch four miles southwest of Wall. This ranch is now known as the H & K Ranch.
Evelyn attended school at the North Star Rural School and in Wall. In 1941, she moved to Cottonwood, South Dakota, to live with her sister Elberta "Birdie" Williams and her husband Bud.
She was united in marriage to Lynn Williams on May 12, 1945, in Rapid City. They made their home in Wall. In late 1947, Lynn, Evelyn and baby daughter Carla, moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where they lived for a short time while Lynn attended Barber College. They moved back to Wall, where Evelyn continued to reside until entering the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in New Underwood in 2008.
For many years she helped her parents run the Hillcrest Motel. She helped take care of her ailing mother and also helped in the raising of many of the nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
After the death of her parents and the motel was sold, she worked with Vivene Matthews at Vivene's Floral Shop for several years. Later she worked at Wall Drug in the Boot Department.
She loved sewing in her younger years, making beautiful matching dresses for her daughters, sewing costumes for baton twirlers, drill team members and even crafted a beautiful wedding dress for her daughter, Cleo. She also embroidered many table cloths, table runners, and dish towels. It gave her great joy to love on and play with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Lynn Williams of Wall; two daughters Carla (Mark) Brucklacher of Wall, and Cleo Williams of Rapid City; four grandchildren Stacy Keyser of Whitewood, Tyler Keyser of Baldwin, Wisconsin, Jennifer (Ron) Tietsort of Custer, and Matthew (Sonja) Brucklacher of Greeley, Colorado; seven great-grandchildren Brady (Biby) Huether of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Amber Huether of Brookings, Tayah Huether of Wall, Noah and Hope Tietsort of Custer, and Maylin and Alissa Brucklacher of Greeley, Colorado; a brother-in-law Bud Williams of Philip; five sister-in-laws Cly Knapp of New Underwood, Muriel Renner of Roseburg, Oregon, Pearl Lurz of Philip, Loy Kellum of Rapid City, and Janice Williams of Rapid City; and many nieces and nephews.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Opal Knapp; three brothers George, Darrell, and YuVonne Knapp; and three sisters Zita LaFond, Thelma Marchetta, and Elberta "Birdie" Williams.
Visitation was held 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.
Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 28, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Sheri Fadley officiating.
Interment was held 1:30 p.m. Monday, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial is established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com
Monday, February 28, 2011 - 10:00 a.m.
United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota
Pastor Sheri Fadley
Dorothy Shearer - Pianist
Evelyn's Grandchildren - Vocalists
Stacy Keyser - Tyler Keyser
Jennifer Tietsort - Matthew Brucklacher
"One Day At A Time"
Jennifer Tietsort - Vocalist
"Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain"
Jerry Johannesen - Bernard Foster
Myron Williams - DeLayne Williams
Rocky Williams - Neal Lurz
Kent Lurz - Kenneth Lurz
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
Monday, February 28, 2011 - 1:30 p.m.
Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, South Dakota