Marie Lamm, age 89

Marie Lamm

Marie Lamm, age 89, Philip, S.D., died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Marie Lamm was born April 22, 1928, in Medford, Minn. She was the first of nine children born to Alpine and Orma (Hanson) McInnis. When Marie was 13, she traveled from Minnesota to Pierre to attend school. She graduated from Pierre High School in 1946.
In September of 1948 ,Marie was united in marriage to George Dirksen. To this union three children were born, Susan, Ralph and Kathy. She spent the next 28 years working for the South Dakota Department of Social Services.
On Aug. 13, 1974, Marie was united in marriage to George Lamm. They lived in rural Philip where they farmed and ranched. After George’s death in 1995, Marie continued to live in the country until 2007 when she moved to Philip. 
During her life, Marie enjoyed reading, playing cards and games (especially canasta). She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary since 1950, the Sacred Heart Evening Guild, secretary and treasurer for Daughters of Colonial Wars, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Marie loved craft fairs, secondhand stores, and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.
Marie is survived by her children, daughter, Susan (Robert) Marrington, Riverton, Wyo., Ralph Dirksen, Philip, and Kathy (Joe) Gittings, Philip; six grandchildren, Chad (Janine) Marrington, Richland, Wash., Amy (Jamie) Culp, Jackson Hole, Wyo., Kara (Gerry) Moriarty, Anchorage, Alaska, Jay (Jen Conry) Gittings, Rapid City, Mary (Danny) Quinn, Louisburg, Kan., and John (Emily) Gittings, Philip; 11 great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Madison and Megan Quinn, Joseph, Maggie and Garrett Moriarty, Taten Gittings, Emmitt and Henley Gittings, Kayson and Daxton Jones; one brother, Robert (Beth) McInnis, Mesa, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy McKinney, Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, three sisters, four brothers, granddaughter, Dana Sue Marrington, and great-grandson, Taylon Marrington.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Gary Oreshoski as celebrant.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at

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