Laura Hackworth, age 86

Laura Hackworth

Laura Hackworth, age 86, Philip, S.D., died Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Laura May (Davidson) Hackworth was born May 4, 1931, in Murdo to Emroy and Opal (Chatterton) Davidson. She graduated from Wessington High School in 1950 then went on to get her teaching certificate.
As she taught, she also would cook and do waitressing. She also did college courses, and she eventually obtained her bachelor’s degree in teaching. 
During this time, she was united in marriage to Henry Patzer on Dec. 22, 1953, in Gainsville, Texas. 
Laura taught for 27 years in Faith, Sturgis and Philip, where she moved in 1971 with her husband, George Hackworth, who she was united in marriage to on Nov. 22, 1962, in Sturgis. 
She taught at country schools,  Old Trail and Enterprise, until 1977. She then moved back to Sturgis and was as a social service worker until her retirement. 
After retiring, she enjoyed helping Ed on the fruit truck and also at the Park Avenue Laundromat for Ron Johnson. She became a member at Blessed Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Laura also enjoyed spending time with family and helping to take care of her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and whoever else came wandering her way. There was never a stranger, just someone they never met yet. She also enjoyed gardening and especially loved her roses.
Laura was a very dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and a great friend to anyone who she would meet. Everyone was family, and if you came during dinner time there was always enough food to feed anyone that came through the door. She was also known as the Cookie Grandma and Great-Grandma.
Survivors including eight daughters, Lorraine Barden, Black Hawk, June (Wayne) Overland, Union Center, Mary Jo (LeRoy) Hix, Box Elder, Judy (Carl) Peterson, Rapid City, Debbie (Marty) Hansen, Philip, Bonnie (James) Tallmon, Austin, Texas, Georgia (Harlan) Moos, Philip, and Teresa (Brian) Littleton, Whitewood; son-in-law, Rob Smith, Union Center; brother-in-law, Charles, from Wyoming; sister-in-law, Annie Navin, Rapid City; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents; nine siblings; two daughters, Ada Shanholtzer and Kay Smith; and a great-granddaughter, Kendall Vasknetz.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 Sunday, Dec. 3, at the United Church in Philip.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at the United Church in Philip.
Interment will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

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