Eileen Allibone, 87

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Kathryn Eileen Nolan was born May 6, 1929 on the family farm north of Plankinton, South Dakota to Thomas P. and Mary Naomi (Sexton) Nolan.

Eileen attended rural grade school at the Nolan Grove School. Following the death of her father Thomas in 1942, the family remained on the farm until moving to Plankinton in 1945. Eileen graduated from Plankinton High School in 1948 and was Class Valedictorian.

On May 15, 1951 Eileen married Barclay Allibone. The Allibones moved from Plankinton following Barclay’s career with the U.S. Interior Department and settled in Winner, South Dakota in 1953 where they made their residence for the next 60+ years. From this union, two sons were born; David Barclay (Sioux City, Iowa) and Michael Alexander (Kearney, Nebraska). The Allibone’s were also blessed with five grandchildren Emily (Mason) Wolzen of Omaha, Nebraska, Patrick (Kendra) Allibone of Shawnee, Kansas, Sarah (Eric) Herth of Farmington, New Mexico, Amanda Allibone of Sioux City, Iowa, and Matthew Allibone of Kearney, Nebraska) and nine great grandchildren (Zachary, Thomas, Ava, Allyson, Ethan, Audrey, Eli, Olivia, and Baby Herth #3 due in January).

Eileen worked for the U.S Department of Agriculture ASCS for 36 years retiring in 1990. Eileen was a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Winner since 1953 and active in numerous service organizations in Winner including the Catholic Daughters, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, American Legion Auxiliary, and BPO Does. She was a charter member of the Winner Does Drove. Eileen also enjoyed many other activities such as bowling, traveling across the country for various Elks activities, and attending her grandchildren’s events such as graduations, wrestling tournaments, and dance recitals. As a young girl on the farm, she enjoyed caring for the cats. She was an avid fan of the Winner Pheasants minor league baseball team in the 60’s and 70’s and loved her Notre Dame Irish football. Purple was her favorite color. Eileen was extremely proud of her Irish heritage.

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