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Jewel J. Coverdale

January 30, 1912 - July 4, 2012

Jewel J. Coverdale, age 100, of Midland, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Jewel J. Belkstrom was born January 30, 1912, in western Stanley County, the daughter of Charles and Amanda (Fetter) Belkstrom. She grew up in the Stanley County area and attended rural schools through the 10th grade, then attended Pierre High School. After graduation, she went to college in Aberdeen where she attained her teacher’s certificate. She, along with her sister, taught school in several rural schools in the area.
Jewel was united in marriage to Art Coverdale, and to this union were born three sons, Joe, Robert, and Wayne. After their marriage, they made their home on a farm-ranch north of Midland. Later they moved three miles down the road where they made their home all their married life. Her husband, Art, preceded her in death in 1988. Jewel continued to make her home on the farm-ranch 17 miles north of Midland, until moving into an assisted living center in Pierre in 2002. In June 2008, she moved to the Silverleaf Assisted Living in Philip, and later moved to the Philip Nursing Home, where she has since resided.
Jewel was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Victory Extension Club and Elizabeth’s Circle, all of Midland. She loved to garden and sew, and especially enjoyed traveling. Her travels included trips to East Germany, Europe, Alaska, and the World’s Fair.
Survivors include two sons, Bob Coverdale and his wife, Kathy, of Midland, and Wayne Coverdale of Rapid City; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Art, Jewel was preceded in death by a son, Joe Coverdale in 2006; a great-grandson, Nickolas Verhey; two sisters, Fern Scotter and Venus Luukinen; and one brother, Harold Belkstrom.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 9, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.
Music was provided by Scotti Block, pianist, Joni Willoughby, vocalist, and congregational hymns.
Ushers were Tyler Coverdale and Tony Willoughby. Pallbearers were Rob Coverdale, Bill Coverdale, Nick Verhey, Corey Sawatzy, Dennis Groff and Jeff Willoughby.
Interment was at the Midland Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com