Marlys J. Thorson, 81, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Flandreau with the Rev. George Ekeren-Moening officiating. Burial is in the Union Cemetery in Flandreau. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Skroch Funeral Chapel in Flandreau.
Marlys was born April 7, 1931 in Flandreau to Carl J. and Hazel I. (Henderson) Hanson. She graduated from Flandreau High School in 1949, where she was homecoming queen. Marlys attended Madison Normal and received a teaching degree. Marlys married Vernon Thorson on Aug. 11, 1950, in Flandreau. They moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., and Alaska while Vern was serving in the Army.
They returned to Flandreau in 1952 and Marlys taught at Juve Country School. In 1959 they moved to Omaha Neb., and then lived in Des Moines from 1972-1975, where she received an associate degree in social work. They moved to Grand Island in 1975 where Marlys was a social worker at a nursing home. They moved to Loveland, Colo., until returning to Flandreau in 1989. Marlys was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, WELCA, P.E.O., and Athena Club, played bridge with several groups and she loved sewing and making floral arrangements.
She is survived by her husband Vernon; daughter, Theresa Leigh (Bill) Sawyer of Omaha, Neb.; sons, Gary (Lisa) of Denver and Eric (Dawn) of Los Angeles; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a brother, James (Marsha) Haugen of Loveland, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Julius Haugen and her sister, Vergene Pottebaum.
For online condolences, visit www.skrochfc.com.