Norma J. Kinsley
Norma Jeane Kinsley, age 91, of Murdo, S.D., passed away Monday, February 4, 2013, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Norma Jeane Ernst was born August 5, 1921, at her parents’ farm south of Draper, the daughter of Adolph and Florence (Cahill) Ernst. She attended Dunkel grade school and, as was common then, she skipped one of the lower grades. She graduated from Draper High School in 1938. She then attended St. John’s McNamara School of Nursing in Rapid City and became a registered nurse. Part of her training was in Milwaukee, Wis.
After working a short time at the Murdo Hospital, she married the love of her life, Densel “Fat” Kinsley on June 25, 1943, an anniversary date they shared with her parents and Kip and Jean. They were loving partners for 52 years until his death on July 10, 1995.
Norma was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved being a farm wife, spending countless hours tending her garden, raising chickens, canning, freezing and making truly old- fashioned home cooked meals. The coffee pot was always on, ready for a drop-in visitor and would generally be accompanied by a piece of pie, cake, cookies or a cinnamon roll. She always impressed on her children and grandchildren the importance of getting an education and was so very proud of each and every one of them.
In her empty nest years she was able to accompany Fat on some REA trips, bus tours and visits to kids and grandkids. She also had time for her quilting and embroidery. Each grandchild was blessed with a quilt at their high school graduation. She made many, many quilts, laprobes, baby quilts, dish towels, and wall hangings.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and was a lifelong devout member and was active in the Mary and Martha Society. She also took part in 4-H, Bible study and choir.
She was blessed throughout her life with many wonderful relationships – three of the most special being her Aunt Maude and her friends, Delphine Kruse and Margaret Rankin. Norma and Margaret were loyal volunteers at Hospice Thrift Store.
Thanks to the devoted care of her family, she was able to stay in her own home until November of 2011 when she moved into the Philip Nursing Home.
Survivors include three sons, Clifford Kinsley and his wife, Jean, Michael Kinsley and Marty Kinsley and his wife, Angie, of Murdo; two daughters, Karen Tedrow and her husband, Ronald, of Pierre, and Donna Beckerleg and her husband, Gary of Walker, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Gen Liffengren of Murdo; two sisters-in-law, Martha Kinsley of Murdo and Joyce Ernst of Pierre; her godsons, Lindsay Liffengren and Corey Peters; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Norma was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kristina Mueller; a great-grandson, Luke Densel Hansen; one brother, Wilmar Ernst; four brothers-in-law, Kenneth Kinsley, Darrel Kinsley, Emil Finck and Luverne Liffengren; two sisters-in-law, Lucile Finck and Mabel Kinsley; a nephew, Gerald Kinsley; and a niece, Janet DeGooyer.
Services were held Saturday, February 9, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo, with Pastor Ray Greenseth officiating.
Music was provided by Karen Royer, pianist, and Tara Kinsley and Michael Oberlander, vocalists.
Ushers were Lawrence Roghair, Bob Totton, Alex Freier, Lindsay Liffengren and Corey Peters. Register book attendants were Margie Peters and Jackie Fosheim.
Pallbearers were Jim, Tim, Kelly and Anthony Kinsley, Todd Tedrow and Richard Carrillo. Honorary pallbearers were Michele Loesche, Barb Hansen, Angela Oberlander, Heidi Bouma, Pam Strain and Cassie Lewis.
Interment was at the Murdo Cemetery.
The family prefers memorials to the Alzheimer’s Society, Messiah Lutheran Church of Murdo, Countryside Hospice, or the Weber Van.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com