Mary Margaret Brown

Mary Margaret Brown, 93, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 at her home.  Mary Margaret was born Nov. 20, 1916 to Charles and Marguerite (Harrington) Brown in Elk Point.

Mary Margaret valued faith, family and education, and these were the driving forces in her life. She received her undergraduate degree from Briar Cliff College in 1938, and masters and doctorate degrees from the University of South Dakota. She spent 27 years as a professor of English at South Dakota State University, retiring with Professor Emeritus status in 1982.  She devoted a great deal of time to religious education and charitable work in Brookings after her retirement.

She was a lifelong learner who embraced technology, particularly the internet, which kept her connected with two of her favorite things – her family, and the genealogy sites associated with her Irish heritage.

Mary Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Helen (Betty) Kyte and Sylvia Fullenkamp; and a brother and sister in infancy. She is survived by 21 nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren,  Mary Kyte, Tom (Karyn) Kyte, Mike (Waneta) Kyte, Joe (Sandy) Kyte, Jim Kyte, Ed (Joey) Kyte, Rita Kyte, John Kyte, Jerry (Teresa) Kyte, Charlet (Bruce) Waage, Chuck (Marie) Fullenkamp, Dan (Marie) Fullenkamp, Ann Fullenkamp, Greg (Vicki) Fullenkamp, Julie (Ray) Zylla, Dorothy (Robert) McLellan, Terry (Jeff) Ballentine, Peggy Fullenkamp Oomens, Rose (Greg) White, Patty (Todd) Larsen, Tim (Carol) Fullenkamp.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with burial to follow in the Elk Point Cemetery in Elk Point. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 27 starting at 5 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church.  Online condolences and obituary: hansenfuneralhome.com.

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