May Mednansky, age 91 of White River, S.D., died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the Maryhouse in Pierre.
Juanita “May” Shouldis Mednansky was born to Charles and Mary A. (Atkins) Shouldis, December 12, 1921, in Mellette County.
May married Clarence Mednansky in Valentine, Neb., September 16, 1940. Three children were born to this union: Audrey (Ed) Burnette, Pierre, Rodney (Oleta) Mednansky and Janice Ellis, White River. From there the family grew to include grandchildren, Angela (David) Aud, Great Mills, Md., Guy (Michele) Burnette, California, Md., Sonya (Josh) Feaster, Tucson, Ariz., Justin (Dena) Mednansky, Richard Mednansky and Duane Mednansky, White River, Chad (Margarita) Ellis, Mexico, and Tricia Shedeed, Otter Tail, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Joey, Brandy, Bailey, Sage, Taylor, Sharissa, Ashton, Logan, Justin, Kade, Alexandra, Michelle, Nathan, Lauren, Kaise, Adam, Matthew, James and Alana; and proud to have Nova Maylynn as her great-great-granddaughter.
May barely answered to being called Juanita but loved being called Mom, Grandma, Grandma Great, Aunt or Auntie May. May sometimes spelled with an “e”, sometimes with a “y”, just to keep us on our toes. When asked about doing something here lately, her come back would be, “Well, I’m ONLY 91!” She loved her family and friends, going to the grandkids’ programs, concerts and games. She loved seeing the sun and moon rise and set, working with the livestock, admiring the birds and flowers and all that nature provided.
May was a sweet, hardworking, quiet country girl. She worked side by side with Clarence on the farm/ ranch as well as maintaining the house and preparing the greatest meals. The farm was a vacation spot to many nieces and nephews growing up and later to her grandchildren. Moving from “home” to town was a big adjustment for both May and Clarence.
After moving to town, she enjoyed bird watching and neighbor watching! She knew what every bird was and what every neighbor was doing. She was looking forward to sitting on her new deck this summer and had plans for flowers she would be able to enjoy as she soaked up the sunshine. May loved playing canasta, solitare, embroidering and crocheting. May embroidered towels that are raffled off at the Mednansky family reunion and has them ready for this year!
May was an active and proud member of the Cottownwood Ladies Aide and so enjoyed her monthly outing. She often took a quarter rather than a dime for lunch – the big spender she was! May came home full of news and reported on what lunch consisted of and, of course, wasn't really hungry for supper that night.
May fought a courageous battle but was overcome by kidney and congestive heart failure. She was one tough, brave woman to the end!
May was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, her parents and her brothers and sisters, as well as many special Shouldis and Mednansky in-laws.
Services were held Tuesday, June 4, at the White River Community Events Center with Pastor Craig Marshall officiating.
Music was provided by Linda Blom with special music by great-grandson, Sage Mednansky.
Guest book attendants were Barb “Susie” Ketel and Michelle Whitted. Ushers were Charles “Pete” Shouldis and Bill Sinclair. Pallbearers were Justin, Richard and Duane Mednansky, Bruce Boyd, Kevin Kusick and Dale “Bobby” Wooden Knife. Honorary pallbearers were the Cottonwood Ladies Aide members and all of May’s family and friends.
Interment was in the White River Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com