Elaine Ivers, 81, died Friday, June 14, 2013, at the Arlington Golden Living Care Center.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arlington. Burial is in the Arlington City Cemetery, where her resting place awaits next to her husband, Dick, who died 10 years prior.
Visitation is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington.
Elaine was born on Feb 10, 1932, in the “Dirty ’30s.” The youngest of five children, Elaine grew up in Dell Rapids and lived accepting the lifestyle dealt to so many families in the ’30s. In spite all this, her acceptance of hardships built character and endearment.
She was confirmed and graduated high school in Dell Rapids and began her post-high school years commuting to Sioux Falls where she worked for the Public Finance Company. Elaine married Dick Ivers soon after high school (1952) and the military carried them to California where they found an idyllic place to live in a vineyard residence outside Fallbrook, Calif.
Elaine and Dick started their family in California (Pam). Two more children (Terry and Brian) were born after moving back to Dell Rapids (1954-1959). They completed their family after moving to Arlington (Randy and Julie). Since 1959, Elaine and her family lived in the same northwest Arlington home. In the last month she lived at the Golden Living Care Center.
Elaine’s husband, Dick, died in December 2003.
Survivors include her five children, Pam (Dan) Lindell of Rapid City, Terry Ivers of Rapid City, Brian (Sue) Ivers of Minneapolis, Randy Ivers of Washburn, N.D., (has resided as caregiver for Elaine since Dick’s death in 2003), Julie (Dave) Monahan of Wilmington, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by all of her siblings and Dick’s siblings.