Ethel Woodruff, age 99, of Huron, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at the SunQuest Health Care Center. Her funeral service was at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 28th at the Kuhler Funeral Home, followed by an Eastern Star service. Burial was at the Black Hills National Cemetery at Sturgis with Rev. Willard Olsen officiating. Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Ethel Alberta Nelson was born August 26, 1912, to Albert S. and Josephine (Duba) Nelson at their country home on South Creek, North of Kadoka, South Dakota. She attended grade school at South Creek School, high school at Kadoka High School for two years and then two more years at Chamberlain High School, where she graduated in 1930. Ethel attended college at Springfield Normal at Springfield, South Dakota from 1930 to 1933 and later at Northern State College at Aberdeen, South Dakota from 1967 to 1968.
On December 20, 1941, Ethel married Harold E. Woodruff. Ethel taught school for thirty-one and one-half years, seventeen years in South Dakota, five at rural schools and twelve years in Kadoka, six years in Washington State 1944 to 1950, two years each in Sunnyside, Richland and Benton City, and eight and one half years in Paramount, California, where she retired in 1977. She also worked in the Belvidere State Bank at Kadoka from 1957 to 1966.
Ethel had been a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church since 1991, and previously of Concordia Lutheran Church at Kadoka where she served as part-time organist and a Sunday school teacher and Faith Lutheran Church at South Gate, California where she was congregational president, choir accompanist, substitute organist, confirmation class teacher and vacation Bible school teacher.
She was a 69 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, having dual membership in Evergreen Chapter #97 Kadoka and Mizpah Chapter #9 Huron. She served as Worthy Matron of Evergreen Chapter in 1959 and 1962.
Ethel was a member of AARP (NRT Division), the California Retired Teachers Association, and the American Legion Auxiliary at Kadoka.
Ethel’s hobbies were crocheting, oil painting, quilting, bowling and card playing.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold on January 2, 1966; one brother, Merlin Nelson; three sisters, Myrtle J. Nelson, Eunice Hicks and Alice Regan; one niece, Sharon Grayson; and one nephew, Jerry Regan.
Grateful for having shared in her life are one brother-in-law, Russell Hicks of Kadoka; eight nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren.