Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:05am admin
Helen Louder, age 78, of Draper, S.D., died on Sunday, March 5 at Avera Maryhouse in Pierre.
Helen Faith (Hemenway) Louder was born on September 25, 1938 in Mitchell, S.D., to Carol and Grace (Mueller) Hemenway. She grew up in Presho, S.D., and graduated from Presho High School in 1957.
After graduation she worked as a telephone operator in Pierre, S.D. She was united in marriage to Merrill Louder on September 26, 1959. On Father’s Day in 1960 they welcomed son Rodney. After a short time living in Rapid City, they moved back to Draper and in November 1963 they had son, Robert.
Helen and Merrill farmed and ranched north of Draper for 50+ years while raising their two sons. Helen was also a Jones County commissioner for many years. They were always involved in their children’s activities and Helen actively supported the local 4-H until her passing. The last several years she enjoyed reading with the first and second graders in Murdo.
She is survived by her son, Robert and wife, Penny, of Albuquerque, N.M.; two grandchildren, Shannon (Mark) Middleton and Shaun (Brittany) McPartland; great-grandchildren, Jersey, Clayton, Owyn and Khaleesi; brother Rev. William Hemenway and wife Sue; nephews: Paul and Mark Hemenway and special friend Robin Cromwell.
She was preceded in death by her husband Merrill; son Rodney and her parents, Carl and Grace Hemenway.
Visitation was held on Friday, March 10 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Draper with a prayer service following.
Services were held on Saturday, March 11 at the Draper Auditorium with burial following at Draper Cemetery.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Isburg Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.isburgfuneralchapels.com