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Linda Kay Williams

Linda Kay Williams, age 36, of Interior, SD, died Saturday, August 14, 2004, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 18 at the Interior School Gym, with Pastor Paul Bly and Pastor Lisa Isensee officiating.

Music was provided by Randi Oyan, pianist, and Veronica Stoneall, vocalist, Travis Hanson and Brad Johnson, vocalists. Ushers were Aaron Kaye and Jerry Stout, Marv Williams, Mike Antonsen, and Marty Williams. Pallbearers were Cliff Poss, Grady Crew, Mark Slovek, Joe Johndreau, Mike Carlbom, Brad Jorgensen, Kevin VanderMay, and Monty Williams.

Interment was in the Interior Fairview Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka was in charge of the arrangements.

Linda Kay Hibbert was born December 2, 1967, in Kadoka, SD, the daughter of Wayne and Kathryn (Stoneall) Hibbert. She grew up on the ranch twenty miles south of Interior where she worked side-by-side with the rest of her family, working cattle, tending hogs, and driving the windrower.

She was an active member of Jolly Jewels 4-H Club. Linda's father died in 1982, and the family moved into Kadoka. Linda attended elementary school in Interior. As a Kadoka High School student, Linda participated in Girls’ State, band, basketball, volleyball, track, and during her senior year she served as a page in the South Dakota Legislature. In 1986, she graduated as salutatorian of her class. After graduation, Linda attended Augustana College and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

On September 19, 1987, Linda married Gene S. Williams at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka. They made their home on the Williams Ranch west of Cactus Flats, SD. They were blessed with two sons, Tristen Drew, and Trevor Gene, and made their living raising cattle and small grains on the ranch. Linda also worked off the ranch in a variety of jobs, both paying and volunteer, throughout her married life. She worked as a waitress at Happy Chef Restaurant in Kadoka and at Cedar Pass Lodge near Interior. She was a coordinator for the Charting a Healthy Future project that laid the groundwork for many of the improvements in healthcare facilities in the Philip, Kadoka, and Midland communities. She was employed as a sales clerk by the Badlands National History Association and also as the cook for Interior School while Tristen and Trevor attended school in Interior. For the past three years she has been employed by Badlands National Park as clerk for the Resource Management Division.

Linda was very active in a variety of church, community, and philanthropic organizations. She taught Vacation Bible School and release time at the Interior Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka and served as church treasurer and on the church council. She was active in Women Involved In Farm Economics (WIFE). She was a past state president of WIFE, and also had served as the national chairwomen on trade for the organization. Until her death, Linda was very active with the Wall, Philip, Kadoka area Relay For Life, and fundraising efforts to help find a cure for cancer.

Linda is best remembered as a mom who could make dinosaur cakes, homemade Halloween costumes, and solve algebra problems that were "impossible". She was her happiest when she was watching her sons participate in one of their many activities. She had a life long love of reading, and learning. She was in the process of completing her college degree through classes at the Ellsworth campus of Black Hills State University at the time of her death.

She enjoyed traveling, fishing, gardening, cooking, music, and telling people about the Badlands.

Grateful for having shared her life include her husband, Gene Williams of Interior; two sons, Tristen and Trevor Williams, both of Interior; her mother Kathryn Hibbert of Carthage, SD; a brother, Dewayne Hibbert, his wife, Julie, and their son, Gavin, of Watertown, SD; two sisters, Nancy Madrid and her sons, Ruben and Francisco, of Anchorage, AK, and Janet Ryan, her husband, Kelly, and their children, Matt and Meghin, of Hartford, SD; her grandmother, Marie Stoneall of Alexandria, MN; two sisters-in-law, June Covington of San Diego, CA, and Joane McKay and her husband, Don, of St. Cloud, MN; their family dog, Eyebrows; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her father, Wayne “Duke” Hibbert.

A memorial is established.