Stephanie Williams, age 37, of Wall, S.D., died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Stephanie Marie Andersen was born June 27, 1975, in Sioux Falls, the daughter of Greg and Vicki (Widman) Andersen. Her family lived in Brandon until she was two years old and then moved to Arlington. She graduated from Arlington High School in 1993 where she excelled in basketball, volleyball, and academics. She furthered her education at South Dakota State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in education. She competed on the SDSU rodeo team throughout college. This is where she met the love of her life, Marty Williams.
Marty and Stephanie were united in marriage on May 30, 1997. The couple settled on a ranch southwest of Wall. Stephanie worked at West River Electric for three years before beginning her teaching career at Wall High School. She taught English and history for 11 years, and coached for 13 years.
Stephanie had a great love for horses. She enjoyed the sport of rodeo and competed at all levels from 4-H, high school, college, and South Dakota Rodeo Association. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family riding in the canyon near their home. Stephanie’s dream was realized in 2011 when she began working full time with her husband Marty on their ranch.
Stephanie attended the Evangelical Free Church in Wall. She was responsible for starting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Wall High School. Stephanie’s favorite role in life was being a mother to her two children, Jaicee and Stran. She enjoyed supporting them in all their activities: basketball, wrestling, music and especially rodeo.
She is loved and survived by her husband, Marty Williams, Wall; one daughter, Jaicee; one son, Stran; her parents, Greg and Vicki (Widman) Andersen, Arlington; two sisters, Sheila Schmidt and her husband, Terry, De Smet, and Shari Knutsen and her husband, Jesse, Omaha, Neb.; her mother- and father-in-law, Mary and Myron Williams, Wall; her brother-in-law, Monty Williams and his wife, Bobbi Jo, Box Elder; her sister-in-law, Misty Mattox and her husband, Jeff, Kearney, Neb.; her grandmother, Gladys (Huebner) Andersen, Arlington; nine nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Stephanie is preceded in death by her grandparents, Don and Verda (Jeffers) Widman, and Norville Andersen; and her niece, Makayla Mattox.
Services were held Saturday, April 27, at the Wall High School gym, with Pastor Dave Kaufman, and Pastor Ron Burtz officiating.
Music was provided by Carla Brucklacher, pianist, and Paige Cordes, vocalist.
Ushers were Sam Eisenbraun and Mark Ullerich. Pallbearers were Jayme Murray, Lee Ness, Ross and Scott Pirlet, Madison McLaughlin and Katrina Kjerstad.
Interment was at the Wall Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com