Joan Prichard

Joan Prichard, age 76 of Rapid City, formerly of Kadoka, SD, died Saturday, November 7, 2009, at the Golden Living Center Bella Vista in Rapid City.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, and one hour preceding the services at the auditorium on Friday.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 13, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Jim Sorum and Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music will be provided by Joyce Wheeler and Lyndy Ireland. Ushers are Grady Crew, Veryl Prokop, Irwin Ferguson and Joe Stratton. Pallbearers are Monty Prichard, Zane, Tanner, Travis and Cyrus Kezar, Seth Thomsen and Douglas Noyes.

Interment will be in the Kadoka Cemetery.

Joan Y. Hansen was born December 28, 1932, north of Interior, SD, the daughter of Alfred and Sylvia (Paulsen) Hansen. She grew up and received her education at Interior through the third grade. The family moved to Kadoka in 1942, where she continued her education, graduating from Kadoka High School in 1951. After graduation, she taught school one year at Weta.

Joan was united in marriage to "Lonesome" Lloyd Prichard on July 22, 1952, after he rode into the Weta School on horseback and proposed to her. They made their home on a ranch in the Weta area, where she raised her four children, and helped on the ranch. In 1964, their family moved into Kadoka, where Joan started working at the Kadoka Clinic for Dr. Sundet, and later for Dr. Swisher, where she managed the pharmacy.

Her husband, Lloyd, preceded her in death on December 31, 1994.

Joan continued to live and work in Kadoka, until retiring in 2003, after 35 years. Joan remained in Kadoka until 2007, when due to health reasons, she moved to Rapid City, where she has since resided.

Joan was an unbelievable homemaker, kept an immaculate house, was an amazing seamstress and a great cook. She loved horses, old time country music, but most of all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, where she served as a deacon. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Order of Easter Star Evergreen Chapter #97, all of Kadoka.

Joan was one of the nicest people anyone could have met. Although she endured many hardships the last few years of her life, she continued to worry more about others instead of herself. Her dignity was an inspiration to all her family.

Survivors include her son, Cleve Prichard and his wife, Laurie, of Kadoka; three daughters, Kim Noyes and her husband, Doug, of Rapid City, Debbie Kezar and her husband, Terry, of Whitman, NE; and Joni Thomsen and her husband, Robert, of Long Valley; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerrald Hansen and his wife, Norma, of Spearfish; one sister, Marilyn Brooks and her husband, Darral, of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Prichard; her grandson, Todd Prichard; her parents; and her nephew, Cory Brooks.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com