Verda Anderson, age 74, of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at her home in Kadoka.
Verda L. Pinney was born July 4, 1946, in Wanblee, South Dakota, the daughter of Price and Mildred (Morsett) Pinney. She grew up in Wanblee and began her elementary education, until the family moved west of Kadoka in 1954. She continued her education in Kadoka, graduating from Kadoka High School in 1965. In 1966 she moved to Minneapolis to attend dental technician school at Professional Business Institute.
Verda was united in marriage to Robert L. Anderson on June 24, 1967 in Pierre, South Dakota, and to this union were born two sons, Robert Louis Anderson, Jr. and Curt Anderson. They lived in various places as Robert worked road construction. In 1972, they moved to Big Stone City, South Dakota, before moving to his family’s farm northwest of Gann Valley in 1974. In 1982, she moved back to Kadoka, where she worked several jobs including cooking for Kadoka Meals at the senior citizens center. In 1995, she became a foster parent, along with Curt and they fell in love with and adopted three children, Bobby, Chris, and Misti. In 1996, she returned to college and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in teaching. She taught in various places on the reservation before retiring in 2008. After retiring, she continued to make her home in Kadoka, where she volunteered her time at NAHA, with Jerome and Theresa High Horse. She also enjoyed spending time at home with her great-grandchildren, Gracie and Braxton.
Survivors include her son Curtis Anderson of Kadoka; three grandchildren Chris, Misti, and Bobby Anderson; two great-grandchildren Gracie Lynn and Braxton Lee Anderson; her brother Terry Pinney and his wife Karen of Philip; step-sister Bernadine Sitting Holy of Wanblee; and other step-siblings, relatives, and friends.
Verda was preceded in death by her son Robert Louis; her parents; four sisters: Joanne Carpenter, Barb Eisenbraun, Fern Tuttle, and Mae Leikam; two brothers Dick and Bud Pinney; two sisters-in-law Norma Moser and Virginia Kelsey; two brothers-in-law Joe Kelsey and Fudder Moser; and a special friend Max Wagoner.
Cards and memorials may be sent to 825 SD Hwy. 73 Kadoka, SD 57543.
Cremation will take place and a public celebration of life service will be held in the summer of 2021.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Kadoka.