Gertrude W. Woodard

Gertrude W. Woodard, age 89, of Long Valley, SD, died Sunday evening, November 26, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Friday.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 1, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Long Valley, with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Interment will be in the Long Valley Community Cemetery.

Gertrude W. Buum was born on May 17, 1917, in White River, SD, the daughter of Chris and Sophia (Wegner) Buum. Her early years were spent on a farm just outside of White River where she resided with her parents and three siblings, Shirley, Orin, and Joe. She lost her father, Chris, when she was very young and times were difficult for her mother, Sophia, during the depression years. Gertie, as she was affectionately known, attended high school in Onega, KS, and lived with an aunt and uncle during those years.

Upon graduation, she returned to White River and met Irvine Richardson of Long Valley, SD. They were married on March 1, 1941, in Valentine, NE. Gertie and Irvine lived in Murdo, SD, for a few years and then moved to Long Valley, where they raised their family of four children, Carol, Vernon, Reed, and Mary.

After Irvine's death in 1972, Gertie married Hiram Woodard and they resided on the Woodard place near Long Valley for over 25 years, until moving to Kadoka to the Gateway Apartments and later the Kadoka Care Center. Hiram preceded her in death in February 2002.

Gertie was a very hard working, industrious lady and was known as an excellent cook. She was instrumental in helping establish a faith center for the Long Valley community in the 1950s, which is still a very vital part of the area. Having a place of worship meant a great deal to her and she was active for many years in the Ladies Aid, Circle, and held all of the church offices of the Long Valley Community Church.

Grateful for having shared her life include her daughters, Carol Richardson Duval and her husband, Gary, of Helena, MT, and Mary Richardson Tieskotter of Preston, MN; two sons, Vernon Richardson and his wife, Roxy, of Long Valley, and Reed Richardson and his wife, Joyce, of Long Valley; six grandsons; two granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Orin Buum and his wife, Lois, of Rapid City; a sister, Shirley Anderson of Kadoka; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her first husband, Irvine Richardson; her second husband, Hiram Woodard; a son, Roland Joe Richardson; her parents; a brother, Joe Buum; two grandsons, Darin and Kevin Duval; and a son-in-law, William Tieskotter.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com