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Mary E. Whisler

Graveside services for Mary E. Whisler will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2005 at the Midland Cemetery, Midland, SD, with Pastor Randy Ellendorf officiating. Rush Funeral Home of Philip is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Whisler, age 91, of Midland, died Thursday, February 24, 2005, at the home of her niece in Eugene, OR, and went home to be with the Lord of her life.

Mary was born the eighth child of Eugene Whisler and Irene (Powell) Whisler on July 7th, 1913 at the Whisler farm north of Midland. Here Mary lived almost all of her life caring for her parents in their last years and for her sister, Dorothy. Mary was truly a daughter of the prairie. She was the last surviving member of the original Eugene Whisler family.

She graduated from Midland High School and attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls for one year before attending Northern Normal in Aberdeen, SD, with her sister Dorothy. She taught rural school near Philip, schools at Kirley and the Little Prairie Dog School near her home. Then she returned home to care for her family.

On November 28, 2004, she went with her niece, Grace Lawton, to her home in Eugene, OR, where she remained until her death.

Mary had lived on the farm all her life except her schooling years. She moved to Eugene, three months ago and traveled to the coast. She wanted to walk in the Pacific Ocean but put her hands in it instead. She ate shrimp for the first time and loved it, and went to her first drive-thru restaurant.

Mary loved the deer, the pheasants, and the birds. She enjoyed watching and caring for each of them. She also was an avid reader, her conversations and use of words demonstrated her love for books. She enjoyed walking and running, and the outdoors was her best friend.

Mary is survived by 13 nieces and nephews, Ralph Doud, Jr. of New Mexico, Ed Doud of South Dakota, Richard Doud of South Dakota, Irene Stelting of Oregon, Natalie Schied of Arizona, Grace Audry Torres of Wyoming, Byron Whisler of California, Sharon McIntosh of Idaho, Mary Lee Hastie of Colorado, Dan Whisler of Iowa, Grace L. Lawton of Oregon, David Gorseth of Idaho, Paul Gorseth of Nevada; and numerous second, third, and fourth generation nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Glen, Lee, Oren, and Lisle; five sisters, Grace Doud, Hazel Gorseth, Essie McKean, Goldie and Dorothy Whisler; two nephews, Clifford Gorseth and Art Gorseth; and one niece, Koral Doud Sammons.