Harriet Binger, age 86, of Huron and formerly of Hitchcock, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Huron Regional Medical Center. Her funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, January 23rd at the Bonilla Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. 

Harriet Elaine Cockrell was born October 1, 1932, to Harry and Elsie (Kissner) Cockrell at Redfield.She grew up south of Tulare.Harriet attended school at Tulare and graduated from high school there in 1950. When she finished high school, Harriet worked at Northwestern Public Service at Huron. On March 27, 1954, Harriet married Neill Binger at the First United Methodist Church at Tulare. After Neill finished basic training in the U.S. Army, Harriet then joined him during his time in the Army.After Neill’s honorable discharge, they returned to farm near Hitchcock, and raised their family there.

As an active member of the Bonilla Presbyterian Church, Harriet was involved with the United Presbyterian Women and Bonilla Presbyterian Session.

She was an avid gardener. Harriet enjoyed crafting, sewing and cooking. She also enjoyed playing basketball on a city league for a few years. Harriet worked at the South Dakota State Fair for several years during the week-long event. She cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Neill on May 6, 2015; two brothers, Clayton and Susie Cockrell and Meryl Cockrell; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Rodney Ost, Lyman LeGrand, Gilbert and Connie Binger and Mary Ann and Gene Bartee.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her four children and their spouses, Debra and Rod Schaefer of Brookings, Karen and Lenny Peterson of Hitchcock, Greg and Debbie Binger of Hitchcock and Gina and Loren Haak of Yankton. She will be missed by her seventeen grandchildren, Tara Schaefer, Matthew and Amy Schaefer, Kyle and Rachel Schaefer, Kassie and Jake Boomsma, Mitchell and Miranda Peterson, Randi and Mikinley Albrecht, Brooke and Zachary Rykhus, Alyssa and Craig Toman, Chase and Cynthia Binger, Dylan and Megan Binger, LaMour Binger and finance, Austin Eggl, Payton Binger, Presley Binger, Ashtyn Haak, Logan Haak, Lance Haak and Carson Haak; and sixteen great-grandchildren. She is also survived by five siblings, Norma and Leon Palmer, Dennis Cockrell, Ruby and Gary Huggett, Harry and Mary Ann Cockrell, Jr., and Evelyn Ost; her friend, Gordon Marzhan; and two sisters-in-law, Dee Cockrell and Nancy LeGrand.

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So sorry for your loss. Debra Kambel

Dear Binger Family, My sympathy to All in the loss of your Dear Mother and Grandmother, She was so kind and sweet, but I realize she has suffered the last couple of years! Gods Peace and Comfort to All. Randy L Richards

Sincere sympathy to Harriet's family. She will be missed. God Bless. Lola Beyer

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Doug & Mary Horn

We have lost a very dear friend, but will always remember our good visits and time. Love to the family. Merry Burton

May God's love comfort you and give you peace. I always looked forward to seeing Harriet's flowers at the SD State Fair when I was growing up. She had such a talent for gardening. God bless you all. Ann Krutzfeldt-Murano

To the family of Harriet, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family at this most difficult time. She always had the prettiest smile and was so friendly. God needed a helper and HE chose Harriet, as HE only takes the best. Let God wrap his arms around all of you and comfort you. God bless and be with you all. Our sympathy and love, Lyle and Jeanette (MacNeill) Kleinsasser

We are thinking of you Debbie, Karen, Gina and Gregg in your loss. Your mom was the favorite of my folks. Your mom and dad were a big part of our lives as we grew up and will always be fondly remembered. So glad I stopped and saw your mom this summer! She will be missed by all who knew her. Terry McNeill and Family

Kind, loving, bright, beauty, going to her house, or just talking to her, was like coming home. She and Neill dancing, smooth, graceful. Neill's got the next place all built and ready for her, and we will all travel down the road of warm and fun memories to a house warming. She will be missed. My condolences to all you kids, Alan McNeill

Karen and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May your many happy memories bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time and always. Brenda and Rodney Eden

My deepest sympathy Debbie, Karen, Greg, Gina and to all of your families! I loved watching the video of your mom. She was a wonderful lady, wife, mom, and grandma! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a big beautiful family you have all become because of two loving parents. God’s blessings to all of you during this difficult time. Jill Gehl

She will be missed, what a lovely lady. She always remembered us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Harriet was always nice to visit with when we made it back to Bonilla. Al and Rosemarie Parkinson

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