Thelma (Eichenburger) Lewton, 70, died Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Thelma was born May 6, 1943, in Sturgis, S.D., to Robert and Laura (Harrington) Eichenburger. She attended schools in Sturgis and Nisland. Thelma lived in Nisland with her parents until she moved to Washington state for a short time to reside with her sister Dorothy and husband Loren Turnidge.
On January 26, 1963, Thelma was married to John M. Lewton in Sturgis. They resided on a ranch between Bison and Faith from the spring of 1963 to 1980. While on the ranch they raised cattle and vegetables and sold produce in various towns in North and South Dakota. In 1980, they sold the ranch and moved to Rapid City. While in Rapid City, they were active members of Hart Ranch and Busted 5. John passed away in 1986. Thelma moved to Sturgis in 1988 to be closer to her sister and brother-in-law. While in Sturgis, Thelma worked in various jobs but especially enjoyed her work at the Puppet Factory. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Sturgis for many years.
Thelma was very special to her stepdaughter, Caroline Lewton (Rosander) Rumminger. In 2006, Caroline began helping Thelma with her personal affairs and continued taking care of her until the time of Thelma’s death. Also in 2006, Caroline helped Thelma to move into assisted living facilities in Belle Fourche and Spearfish. In April 2013, she moved to the Belle Fourche Healthcare Community nursing home.
Survivors include six stepsons; a stepdaughter, Caroline (Gene) Lewton (Rosander) Rumminger, Murieta, Calif.; as well as numerous step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Laura Eichenburger; her husband, John M. Lewton; her sister, Dorothy Turnidge; her brother-in-law, Loren Turnidge; and a stepson, Milton J. Lewton.
Services were held December 12 at Black Hills Funeral Home in Sturgis, with the Rev. O.C. Summers officiating.
An online guest register is available at www.blackhillsfuneralhome.com.