Obituaries Brenda Adams

Brenda F. Adams, 50, of Yankton, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center, in Sioux City, IA.

Funeral services were 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the United Church of Christ, Yankton, with the Reverend Nelson Stone officiating. Burial was in the Yankton Cemetery.

She was born March 18, 1952, in Watertown, to Roland and Frances (Bach) Givens. She attended various schools in California and Minnesota, graduating from Luverne High School, Luverne, MN, in 1970.

She attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1974.

She married Dr. Curtis M. Adams on Aug. 10, 1974, at the United Methodist Church in Luverne, MN. She worked as a registered nurse at Bethesda Hospital, in St. Paul, MN, prior to moving to Yankton in 1977.

In high school Mrs. Adams was a lifeguard, an avid swimmer and golfer. She owned and operated Klay Korner, a unique ceramic shop in Yankton, for 15 years.

She was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Yankton, serving on the board of Christian education, board of trustees, and teaching Sunday school. She was committed to loving and supporting her husband, Curt, throughout his training and practice as a medical doctor. They enjoyed traveling, especially to Disney World, golfing (winning several golf championships in Minnesota and South Dakota), collecting Hummels, and many other activities.

Her proudest accomplishment was working with her husband, Curt, in raising their three sons who survive her, Brent (Coreen) of Vermillion, Jonathon (Sara) of Vermillion, and Craig of Brookings. She is also survived by her parents, Roland and Frances Givens, Luverne, MN; her mother-in-law, Ada Adams, Luverne, MN; several cousins; and many friends. She will also be remembered for her love of her special four-legged companions Snuggles, Snoopy, and Duchess.

She was preceded in death by her brother, J. Brent Givens, her maternal grandparents, John and Emma Bach, paternal grandparents, Ralph and Viola Givens, and father-in-law, Lester Adams.

Gary Ashmore

Gary L. Ashmore, 62, Sioux City, IA, and formerly of Vermillion, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003 at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City.

Funeral services were Feb. 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

He was born June 21, 1940, at Vermillion, to Francis and Carol (Jones) Ashmore. He grew up in Vermillion and graduated from Vermillion High School. He later attained his bachelor's degree in business administration.

He served in the United States Army from 1965-69. He worked with the Internal Revenue Service for some time while living in North Dakota. He later opened his own income tax service.

He went into retail sales when he opened his own antique and gift shop in Vermillion.

He will be missed by many friends and business associates.

He is survived by one aunt, Lorraine Jones, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Elaine Parsons

Elaine K. Parsons, 87, Elk Point, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Services were Feb. 15 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, rural Elk Point, with the Rev. Mary Feistner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Anderson-Siecke Funeral Home, Elk Point, was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Feb. 22, 1916, at Elk Point, to Sigwardt and Gudrun (Solberg) Kalsrad. She graduated from Elk Point High in 1934, and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, in 1936. She married Allen "Speck" Parsons in June 1942 at Elk Point. He died June 1982. She was a retired teacher.

She was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church, rural Elk Point.

She is survived by two sons, Joe Allen (Jenny) Parsons, Burridge, IL, and Chuck Robert (LeAnn) Parsons, Brandon; five grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Midge Kalstad, Elk Point.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother, John Kalstad.

Kathryn Purcell

Kathryn Purcell, 83, Vermillion, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at Morningside Manor, Alcester.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at First Baptist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Elmer "Sandy" Aakre officiating. Burial will be in BluffView Cemetery at a later date.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Sept. 20, 1919, in Vermillion to Morgan and Marie (Brammer) Anglin. She graduated from Vermillion High School in 1941 and married Lyle W. Purcell April 24, 1943, at Elk Point. He died Nov. 8, 1990.

Mrs. Purcell worked in the meat department of Tom & Bud's for 21 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vermillion.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Merrigan, Alcester, and Pat McKinstry, Henderson, NV; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, Roger.

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