September 12, 2012
• The Faith Independent
Published in the Heart of the West River Empire
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Funeral services for AliceThomas, age 87, of Faith, SDwere held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday,September 7, 2012 at the BethelLutheran Church in Faith. PastorWayne Olson officiated with bur-ial at the Black Hills NationalCemetery near Sturgis, SD. Alice Irene Perkins was bornon March 23, 1925 in Abbotsford,WI to Lou Albert and Anna(Lurinda) Marie Lemke Perkins.She was raised near LantrySouth Dakota. She graduatedfrom Dupree High School in 1943and went onto Black HillsTeacher's College where she grad-uated with an Associate’s Degreein Education in 1946. She mar-ried the love of her life Duane Arlee Thomas on December 8,1945. Three children were born tothis union; Renee on October 28,1949, Randy on December 9,1952, and Kurt on November 15,1954. Alice taught elementaryschool at Dupree and Solidayuntil they moved to Mobridge, SDin 1955. A couple years later theymoved to Underwood, ND.In 1962 they moved to Faith,SD where they bought a share of Faith Lumber and Duane tookover management. Alice took overthe bookkeeping records at FaithLumber in 1963 until 1988. Dur-ing her years at Faith Lumbershe became a very active memberof the American Legion Auxiliarywhere she dedicated many hoursto planning and organizing func-tions most notably Memorial DayServices. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church andvery active in all the ladies activ-ities. She became a very proactivemember of the Order of the East-ern Star. Duane and Alice drovemany miles attending events re-lated to the Masons and theOrder of the Eastern Star. Alice and Duane loved to travelin their motor home, visiting all50 states along the way. Aliceloved listening and dancing tomusic, playing cards, teddy bears,and spending time with family. Itwasn't Christmas unless the kids,grandkids, and great grandkidswhere there to share. Her passionfor roses, butterflies, and cookingwill be remembered by all. Aliceand Duane were avid sports fans.They loved to watch kids playfootball, basketball, softball,track, or cross country and drovemany miles attending these activ-ities. Alice passed away on Satur-day, September 1, 2012 at theFive Counties Nursing Home inLemmon, SD with her lovingpartner of 66 years by her side.
She is survived by her husbandand loving lifelong partner,Duane Thomas, Lemmon, SD;one son and daughter-in-law,Randy and Mona Thomas, Faith,SD; one son-in-law, Fred Reede,Meadow, SD; four grandchildren,Tanya and Bill Bushong, Faith,SD, Boyce and Melissa Reede andScott and Marla Reede, both of Lemmon, SD and Jamie and Sab-rina Thomas, San Diego, CA; ninegreat-grandchildren, Gereth,Treyton, and Gabriel Bushong,Brianna and Jacob Thomas, Dil-lon and Kole Reede, baby Reede,and Micah Reede; three sisters-in-law, Evelyn Anderson, Dupree,SD, Bernice Capp and VivianThomas, both of Spearfish, SD;and many cousins, nieces andnephews. Alice was preceded in death byher parents, Lou and LurindaPerkins; one daughter, ReneeReede; one son, Kurt Thomas; twobrothers in infancy; three sisters-in-law, Jean Capp, Ruby Thomasand Arlene Thomas; and sevenbrothers-in-law, Calvin Ander-son, Donno and Chuck Capp andWillis, Denny, Stanley and Clin-ton Thomas. Visitation was Thursday, Sep-tember 6, 2012 at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home inLemmon followed by an Order of the Eastern Star service and afamily service. A memorial has been estab-lished to the Faith EducationFoundation.Condolences may be sentthrough our website at www.fu-neralhomesofcaring.comRuby Thomas, 96, of Spearfish,SD passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Crook CountyLong Term Care in Sundance,WY.Ruby Turgeon Thomas wasborn on June 3, 1916 in Elgin, NDto Guy and Bertha (Stoller) Bell.The family moved to Spearfish, in1931 where her father was inbusiness and was instrumental inbringing the Passion Play to theBlack HillsRuby married Joe Turgeon of St. Onge and to that union fivechildren were born; Emery Joel(JoJo), Harlene Gayle, BertaFaye, Kaye Ellen and Leslie Guy.The family lived in St. Ongewhere the children all startedschool. The family moved toDupree where they operated acafé. In 1952 they moved toSpearfish where she worked as aclerk for Bell Market.Ruby married Willis Thomas of Dupree in 1962 where theyranched for 25 years and sheworked in Hickenbotham’s Cloth-ing Store. After his death, shemoved back to Spearfish in 1986.Ruby’s joy in life was being agrandmother to several extendedfamilies and having friends andfamily in her home, where sheloved to cook and create gifts forall. She was a proud volunteer atthe Black Hills Passion Play,where all of her family andfriends participated with her.She enjoyed working in the Re-publican Party, giving manyluncheons and supporting candi-dates with fundraisers. It was herpleasure to entertain nursinghome residents with birthdayparties. She gave unselfishly tothose all around herSurvivors include her son, Lesand Karen (Gregson) Turgeon of Beulah, WY; two sisters, Gar-nette Ainsworth and Sonya Al-bers and brother, Roger Guy Bellall of Spearfish; 13 grandchildren;22 great-grandchildren; fourgreat-great grandchildren; andmany nieces and nephews. Shewas preceded in death by her hus-bands Joe Turgeon and WillisThomas; her parents Bertha andGuy Bell; brothers, Tom, Dougand LeRoy (Bud) Bell; son, JoJo;three daughters, Harlene, Bertaand Kaye; two stepsons, Terryand Jewell Thomas; a grandson,Randy Lane Mraz; a great-grand-daughter, Amy Jo Mraz; and agreat-great grandson, DevonNicolas.Memorial services were held at10:30 A.M. on Saturday, Septem-ber 8, 2012 at the United Churchof Christ (Congregational), herchurch home for 86 years, inSpearfish. A private family bur-ial was held at Rosehill Cemetery. Arrangements were under thecare of Fidler-Isburg FuneralChapels and Crematory Serviceof Spearfish. Online condolencesmay be left at www.fidler-isburg-funeralchapels.com