Grace Neyens, 94, of Winner, passed away on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial followed in the Colome City Cemetery.
Grace was born on August 29, 1920 at the family homestead located west of Hamill, SD. She was the daughter of William and Loretta (Range) Scheufler. She grew up and attended the Lone Star rural school. She attended Hamill High School for one year and then completed her remaining years of high school in Winner graduating with the class of 1938. She continued her education at Southern State normal college at Springfield, SD. She then taught in a rural school located in Tripp County.
On June 3, 1941, she was united in marriage to Raymond Neyens at St. Isidore church at Colome, SD. They made their home on a farm northeast of Colome. Three children were born to this union: Ray Jr. and the twins Dennis and Diana. She enjoyed many years on the family farm. She raised a big garden, did lots of canning, raised poultry and helped with various chores on the farm. She had always enjoyed planting and caring for many different types of flowers. During the winter months, when time permitted, she enjoyed sewing, embroidery work, crocheting and handcrafts.
She enjoyed traveling and toured all 50 states in the USA and Canada. She always welcomed company to visit, have lunch and maybe even played a few hands of cards with them.
She was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and she enjoyed spending time with them. She, like her father, was quiet in nature and liked to keep things in order.
After 50 years on the farm, they retired and moved to Winner in November 1990. After the death of her husband, Raymond, in 2010 she moved to the Golden Prairie Manor.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic, C.D.A, Farmers Union, Retired Teachers and the Historical Society. She helped establish the Ray and Grace Neyens Family Scholarship for the Local Tripp County High Schools.