Mildred Sawvell, age 100, of Rapid City, formerly of Wall, SD, died June 9, 2009, at the Clarkson Mt. View Healthcare Facility.
Services were held Monday, June 15, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City with Sister Susan Pohl officiating.
Music was provided by Jody Sawvell and Shaun McKay. A poem was read by Kailey Rae Sawvell.
Ushers were Bryn McKay and Casey Sawvell. Pallbearers were Shaun McKay, Randy Ehlers, Dale Sawvell, Jody Sawvell, Doug Dahl and Mike Naescher.
Interment was at the Wall Cemetery with Reverend Sheri Fadley officiating.
Mildred J. Hildebrandt was born in Hills, MN, on April 18, 1909 the daughter of Walter and Lena (Anderson) Hildebrandt. She moved with her family to the family farm north of Quinn, SD, in 1912. She attended rural grade school near her home and graduated valedictorian of her 1926 Quinn High School class.
On September 10, 1934, she married Floyd Sawvell of Wall at Rapid City. They moved to a farmstead north of Wall where they lived until 2006 when they moved to Rapid City.
Mildred was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She worked beside Floyd on the farm, tending to her garden, flowers, chickens, and all farm animals. She raised two children through the depression, always with a smile and a kind word.
She was a member of the Wall Methodist Church and also she and Floyd belonged to the Shrine Camping Club for many years. Mildred loved to have family, neighbors and friends stop by for coffee and cake. Her home was always a gathering place for family events. Mildred was a soft spoken, kind hearted woman that will be missed deeply by her family and friends.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Floyd Sawvell, of Rapid City; a daughter, Cleone McKay of Rapid City; and her daughter, Joyce (Randy) Ehlers, and their children, Dylan (Melissa) Ehlers, Derrik Ehlers, and Desirae Ehlers; and her son, Shaun (Lynn) McKay and their children, Sorrel, Bryn, and Jayton. She is also survived by a son, Don Sawvell and his wife, Marcia, of Quinn, and their children, Lana (Steve) Ruppert and their daughters, Christin Atkins, and her son, Mason; and Dakota Ruppert, and her daughter, Haylee; their son, Jody (Laniece) Sawvell and their children, Casey, Kailey Rae, Camden, and Kassidy; and their son, Dale (Jackie) Sawvell and their children, Jesse and Kyla; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Lena Hildebrandt; one brother, Norris Hildbrandt; one grandson, Derryl McKay; and a son-in-law, Jim McKay.
Funeral arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall and the Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City. Online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com
A memorial has been established.