Ardyce Rae Apland, 90, passed away, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, at the Estelline Nursing and Care Center. Private family services will be held on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 at Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bruce, South Dakota at 2 p.m. The service will be live-streamed through the Grace Free Lutheran Facebook Page at Facebook.com/gflcbruce. The service will also be played through the radio on FM 89.3. A public viewing will be held on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bruce, South Dakota, prior to the service, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A public memorial and celebration of Ardyce’s life will be held at a later date.
Ardyce Esmond was born in 1930, at Brookings, South Dakota. She was the third of four girls. Her parents were Raymond and Coral (Knuth) Esmond. She attended country school for one year and six weeks. She was transferred to the Estelline Public School system in the seventh week of second grade. She continued at Estelline and graduated in 1948.
Ardyce went to Minneapolis and entered the Minnesota School of Business, and graduated from there in June of 1949. She worked as a secretary at the State College in Brookings for two years, 1950 – 1951. From 1952 – 1956, she was employed at General Mills in Minneapolis, MN.
She was united in marriage to Glen Apland on April 7, 1956. They lived on a farm a couple of miles east of Bruce, South Dakota. They had three children: Karen, Erik, and Diane. All three children were in sports and music. Ardyce and Glen attended nearly every event the kids participated in. Together they were in the audience at every concert and recital. As a farm wife she did a lot of canning and freezing. When she began making lefse she didn’t have an electric griddle. She baked it on the pancake griddle on the stove top. She’d make it late at night when the house was quiet and the children were in bed. But the smell of baking lefse would waft upstairs, and one by one the children would wake up and come downstairs for a treat. Ardyce had two “trial” grandchildren when she babysat Cory and Cody Jackson for numerous years in her home on the farm. Her sewing skills were handy when she worked for the Bob Allen Company in Bruce and Arlington.
Ardyce moved from the farm into Bruce, and lived across from Grace Lutheran Church where she was an active member. She sang in the choir for 59 years, served as the church secretary for many years, and was a willing worker in the women’s organization. She was also a member of the Peppy Pals Extension Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Ardyce is survived by her children, Karen, who lives in Esko, MN, Diane (David) Herrold live in Lake Andes, SD, grandchildren Nathan of Lake Andes, SD, Megan (Tim) Fulton of Lake Andes, SD; great grandchildren, Jeralona, Sadie, Georgia and Baylee; her sisters Janet (Ardell) Olson, Joyce (Dick) Hagen; brother-in-law Don (Jan) Johnson, sister-in-law Isabelle Apland, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents, husband (Glen), one son (Erik), and a sister (Delores).
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.