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Gertrude E. Woodden

February 23, 1917 - October 12, 2012

Gertrude E. Woodden, age 95 of New Underwood, S.D. died Friday, October 12, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.
Gertrude E. Doughty was born February 23, 1917, in Rapid City, the daughter of Phillip and Clara (Evenson) Doughty. She grew up north of Quinn and graduated from Wall High School. She then attended Spearfish Normal and earned her teacher’s certificate. She taught at rural schools for 21 years.
Gertrude married Richard R. Palmer on January 8, 1944. They lived on his ranch at Grindstone. She took great pride in raising orphaned lambs. Richard and Gertrude had a baby girl, Marjorie Rachel, who lived only seven hours. Richard, along with Gertrude’s father, Philip, lost their lives in a boating accident on August 16, 1956.
She later married Raymond McGriff on November 23, 1962. They lived at the ranch until Ray’s health was so that he couldn’t do the ranch work, so they moved to Hermosa. Ray died January 5, 1977.
Gertrude met Roy Woodden and they were dating when a drunk driver ran into them. Due to the trauma, Gertrude was unconscious for 18 days and in rehab for three months. This caused severe damage but she did all she could to get better.
She married Roy on August 19, 1983, and they made their home in Hermosa. Roy later died, and she remained in Hermosa until moving into the Good Samaritan, Echo Ridge, and later into the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood, where she has since resided.
Survivors include three sisters, Eva Farkner of Box Elder, Phyllis Reub of Rapid City, and Lucille Huether of Rapid City; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her three husbands, Gertrude was preceded in death by her daughter, Marjorie Rachel, as an infant; and a sister Esther Doughty.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 15, at the Rapid Valley Baptist Church in Rapid City, with Pastor O.C. Summers officiating.
Music was provided by Kay Williams, pianist, and Lynn Fuerst, vocalist. Honoray pallbearers were all relatives and friends in attendance.
Interment followed at the Wall Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com