Aldene Towne, age 97, of Mesa, Arizona formerly of Midland, South Dakota, died on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the Mesa Christian Rehab and Nursing Home in Mesa, Arizona.
Aldene Towne was born May 11, 1922 at Wendte, South Dakota the daughter of Helemuth and Evelyn (McKim) Ellis. She was the eldest of five children.
She graduated from Midland High School with the class of May 1941, after graduating she worked in a Midland grocery store and later was a telephone operator for a few years. She then traveled to the state of Washington during World War II to work at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. After the war was over she returned to Midland and taught at the Pleasant View Rural School for one year. Aldene met Allen Towne and dated him for several months. When school was out for the summer Allen and Aldene were married at the Lutheran Church in Midland on September 7, 1947. Allen ranched with his father 50 miles north of Midland so Allen and Aldene resided at the ranch for several years. They were blessed with three children: Kaye, Nancy and Mike. Due to health reasons the family moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1960. They lived there for ten years and moved back to the ranch in South Dakota.
Aldene and Allen moved from the ranch to Ft. Pierre, South Dakota in the 70’s so their two children, Mike and Nancy could finish school. They resided there for thirty years then moved to the Lincoln Apartments in Pierre, South Dakota where they resided until moving to Hemingford, Nebraska June 10, 2006. Aldene moved to Mesa, Arizona December 2006 to be with her brother and sister.
While living in Pierre Aldene enjoyed singing in the choir as well as being a weekly reader for the church services and various other activities at Lutheran Memorial Church. She took pleasure in reading, especially her Bible every day as well as attending Bible study group. She also enjoyed the daily morning coffee hour with the ladies from the apartment complex. She enjoyed the monthly potlucks as well. Aldene was also a competitive ballroom dancer through Arthur Murray Dance Studio during the time they lived in Tucson, Arizona. When she danced she looked like a fairy princess gliding across the dance floor a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She and Allen enjoyed immensely dancing together. When Aldene moved to Hemingford she continued her love of reading by reading to neighbors whose eyesight were failing them and they could no longer read. She enjoyed spending time with her son and his family.
Aldene was known for her ready smile and kind words to family, friends and neighbors. She liked to make people feel comfortable. She was a great cook and enjoyed cooking.
Aldene leaves one son Mike, of Marsland, Nebraska; daughters Kaye and husband David Martino of Silver City, New Mexico, and Nancy Towne of Bend, Oregon; granddaughters Becky Feil of Austin, Texas, Maria Burney of Alliance, Nebraska, Tori Towne of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Kelsy Towne of Hemingford, Nebraska; grandsons Everett Thiebault of Oakland, California, Seth Towne of Bend, Oregon, Jacobi Towne of Eugene, Oregon; great-granddaughters, Teagon, and Tayley Burney of Alliance, Nebraska, Savanna and Erin Feil of Austin, Texas; great-grandsons, Tristian Burney of Alliance, Nebraska, Oliver and Zachery Feil and Casey of Austin, Texas; one brother, Al Ellis of Oakhurst, California; one sister, Sandra and her husband Bill Johnson of Mesa, Arizona. She was also blessed with several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Aldene was preceded in death by her husband Allen; mother Evelyn and father Helmuth; sister Sheila Obrembt; and brother Sandy Ellis.
A visitation will be held an hour before the funeral service at the church on Friday.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. CST on Friday, November 1, at the Deep Creek Lutheran Church in Deep Creek with Pastor Cindy Bisser officiating.
Interment will follow at the Deep Creek Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.