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Helen Boyd

Helen Boyd, age 87, of Kadoka, died Friday, June 15, 2007, as a result of a car accident north of Faith.

Helen Mednansky was born October 8, 1919, on a farm-ranch near Cottonwood, SD, the daughter of Michael and Emma (Mickaletz) Mednansky. As a child she moved with her family to a farm-ranch north of Kadoka, attending school in Kadoka.

Helen was united in marriage to Otto Roy Bork on November 21, 1937 in Kadoka. They made their home near Midland prior to moving to a farm north of Stamford, SD. They owned and operated the farm and ranch until his death on December 21, 1952. In the mid-1950s, Helen and her children moved to Pierre, where she worked various jobs.

Helen was united in marriage to Clifford B. Boyd on February 17, 1956 at Pierre. They continued to make their home in Pierre until the early 1960s when they moved to Belvidere. In the early 1970s, she and her children moved to Kadoka, so her children could attend high school. She has since made her home in Kadoka, moving into the Gateway Apartments in 1983.

Survivors include five sons, P. Bruce Boyd and his wife, Mitzi, of Philip, Merle L. Bork and his wife, April, of Minneapolis, MN, Lee A. Bork of New Underwood, Randy Lee Boyd and his wife, Marla, of Philip, and Jay Clifford Boyd of Rapid City; four daughters, Alyce June Rice and her husband, Frank, of Belle Fourche, Jill Elaine Peterson and her husband, Robert, of Rapid City, Jeanne F. Smith and her husband, Guy, of Wall, and Tammey Rae Zelfer of Rapid City; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Ervin "Bud" Mednansky of Bandera, TX, Ed Mednansky and his wife, Pat, of Iowa Park, TX, Clarence Mednansky and his wife, May, of White River, and Art Mednansky and his wife, Edna, of Kadoka; one sister, Gladys Lien of Volin, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her first husband, Otto Bork, on December 21, 1952; her second husband, Clifford Burnett Boyd, on January 2, 1994; one granddaughter, Lonnie LaCroix; one great-grandson, Colton LaCroix; her parents; three brothers, Frank, John and Michael Mednansky as an infant; five sisters, Clara Pearson, Albina Mowery, Alice Mednansky as a child, and Evelyn and Elizabeth Mednansky as infants.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 19, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by JoAnne Stilwell, pianist, and Susan Davidson, vocalist. Ushers were Tojo Osborn, Kenny Kusick and Larry Miller. Pallbearers were Justin Mednansky, Cory Boyd, Ed Burnette, Lyle Klundt, Mark Zelfer and Rodney Schnee.

Interment was immediately follow the services at the Belvidere Cemetery.

A memorial has been established. Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.

Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com