Marsha Jean Veal_______________________________
Memorial services for Marsha Jean Veal, age 59, of Meadow, S.D., were held Friday, January 31, at the Bison school gym. Rev. Dana Lockhart officiated.
Marsha Jean Davis was born to Lyle Hugh and Gloria Jean (Anderson) Davis on December 8, 1954, in Watertown. She joined sisters, Sandy and Vickie, and the family of six was completed with brother Steve's arrival. Childhood was spent in Clark and the importance of family was instilled very early. Marsha loved and cherished the time she was able to spend with her grandmothers, aunts and uncles. The family moved to Brookings and eventually to Edgemont where she graduated from high school in 1973.
Fall brought college in Brookings at South Dakota State University. Friends introduced Marsha and Gregory Scott Veal in November of that year. Their love brought her to the Bison community when she and Greg moved to his family home in January of 1975. They married June 15, 1975, in Hot Springs at St. John’s Lutheran Church and began their 38 years of life together at VTV Ranch where Greg's family farmed and ranched.
February 22, 1978, brought the arrival of their first son, Joshua Steven, and Jason Beryl joined the family on October 23, 1979. That winter brought terrible news as it was discovered that Marsha had the primary stages of rheumatoid arthritis. Marsha and Greg had hopes of more children, but the RA made this impossible. Her children and family were her life. She was an amazing mother and wife, balancing the challenging life of living off the land with creating opportunity for her children and family to learn and experience the most of life.
The family actively attended first Indian Creek Lutheran Church and then American Lutheran Church. Friendships were cultivated with neighbors and Marsha quickly became the person who knew "who was related to who" and "how" – many would simply call and ask, knowing their questions would be answered. She made certain that her children were afforded every possible opportunity to learn about music, school sports, and youth group, which was a considerable thing to balance with the needs of being part of a working ranch. She was an active member of groups including but not limited to the music boosters, athletic boosters, Extension club, Christmas Fair, Perkins County Fair and VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
As the nest emptied she focused her energies on the Bison Courier. For 10 years her creativity and thoughtfulness were shown to the community each week as she balanced local news, exceptional bison High School sports coverage, expansive fair coverage and advertising ingenuity. Many students and parents grew to know and appreciate her huge heart and true care during her tenure at the paper.
She and Greg continued to create every opportunity to follow and support their children through college and into early adulthood. Celebrating successes and helping through heartbreaks of losses and the difficulties of life. In July of 2003, her family grew as Josh wed his love Amy Hasz. Marsha and Greg's first grandchild arrived in September of 2004 as Caitlyn Grace blessed the family. Grandparents were incredibly important to Marsha and words do no justice in expressing the importance of her opportunity to be one. Caitlyn was joined by brothers Mason Lee in 2006 and Peyton Gregory in 2010. Marsha always wanted to understand indepth what her children were doing with their lives away from home and became engrossed with learning about fine cuisine and all things culinary as a result of Jason's profession. She was constantly learning about new ingredients and methods and loved learning everyday.
She was an avid and educated reader of the Rapid City Journal and enjoyed the connection to her huge friend group that technology allowed. Her daily pain was never the focus of conversation, but rather she looked after others and their needs. She was a dynamic person having left a mark on the minds and hearts of those that had any chance to know her. Her faith was a very personal thing and her relationship with the Lord grew continually. Sports, from high school to professional levels, were of great enjoyment to her and she followed them with a keen understanding and balance. She loved her dog, Dirk. Marsha is remembered for an intense love of the color red and enjoyed the aesthetic of the Coca-Cola brand as evidenced by much of the décor in their home. Her legacy lies in the lives she affected and changed. Her influence and compassion is deeply rooted into her family and it helped guide decisions they have made and will continue to make.
Her body was challenged with cardiac and pulmonary strain in addition to 34 years of the effects of RA. On January 8, a fall in their home due to dizziness resulted in a broken femur. Even in incredible pain her sense of humor was present and strong as a call in from Greg at the door was responded to with "I've got a little problem." A successful surgery a couple days later had her on the road to recovery. Unexpectedly, a rapid, strong pneumonia, compounded with a recovering immune system, overtook her while at a Rochster, Minn., hospital and having spent 59 years on this earth she left us on the evening of January 25, 2014.
Mourning the loss of a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend are her husband of 38 years, Greg, Meadow; her children and families, Josh and Amy Veal and their children, Caitlyn, Mason and Peyton, Warsaw, Poland; Jason Veal and Amy Lukken, Madison, Wis.; her mother, Gloria, White; her sisters, Sandy and husband, Larry Meisenheimer, Brookings; Vickie and husband, Mike Rosse, Brookings; her brother, Steve and wife, Cathy Davis, Leavenworth, Kan.; nieces and nephews and friends old and new. She was welcomed home in heaven by her father, Lyle, and the family and special friends that have gone ahead.
A memorial has been established and may be sent to the family to support a future project at the Bison school.
Condolences may be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.