Susan Rankin, 56, of Draper died Thursday, January 31 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre.
Susan was born October 11, 1956, in Murdo, S.D., to Ray and Janice (Cressy) Pike. She grew up in Draper, graduating from Draper High School. After high school, she attended SDSU and received her Bachelors degree.
She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Rankin, on August 12, 1977, at St. Martins Catholic Church in Murdo. Susan stayed home raising her kids until they were all in school and then went on to work at West Central Electric where she just received her 20 year service award this past fall.
She loved rainbows, Father’s Day camping trips and Christmas. But most of all, she loved her family. She took care of everyone; she was their rock. Her grandchildren were her life and Gramma Susie was always there ready to spoil them. She made every occasion extra special for them and she never missed a chance to decorate a special birthday cake for each one of them no matter what she had going on. Susie treasured the cruises her and Bob have taken the past four years and was always thinking where the next destination would be; she was looking forward to traveling in the years to come.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; three children: Andy (Jill) Rankin, Kati (Drew) Venard, Tyler (Chelsee) Rankin; her parents, Ray and Janice; sister Sandy (Tim) Zibell; six grandchildren: Riley and Peyton Rankin, Mallory and Tenley Venard and Addison and Joey Rankin; special great-nieces: Landry and Hatti Giblet and Laramie Zibell; mother-in-law Margaret Rankin; brothers-in-law: Ron (Nan) Rankin, Greg Rankin and Bill Abernathy; sisters-in-law: Kris (Dick) Bradley and Karen Authier and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Everett and Lola Cressy and Gordon and Nettie Pike; father-in-law Harold Rankin and sister-in-law Karla Abernathy.
Visitation was held Monday, February 4 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Murdo with a Rosary immediately following. Services were held Tuesday, February 5 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church with Father Gary Oreshoski officiating. Burial was at the Draper Cemetery.
Arrangements have been placed in care of Isburg Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.isburgfuneralchapels. com.