Elizabeth “Betty” VanderMay, age 88, of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Kadoka Nursing Home.
Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Nemec was born April 6, 1930, the oldest of 18 children born to Edward and Elizabeth (Puryear) Nemec. Betty grew up on a farm-ranch near Midland, and received her education at Phoeba Rural School before graduating from Midland High School in 1948. Betty attended Black Hills State College after her high school graduation and received a teaching certificate. She taught in a one-room school in Stanley county for two years.
Betty was united in marriage to Loyd VanderMay on July 1, 1950, at St. William’s Catholic Church in Midland. They made their home on a ranch near Long Valley. Betty and Loyd were blessed with 12 children and 47 grandchildren, along with numerous great-grandchildren.
Betty was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Norris until it closed, when she became a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka. Loyd passed away on December 15, 1993. Betty remained on the ranch until 2002, when she bought a home and moved to Kadoka. Since 2011, Betty has resided at the Kadoka Nursing Home.
Betty enjoyed sewing and quilting and made many beautiful items for her family. She enjoyed embroidering and was able to continue that hobby until the time of her death.
Betty was involved in many community activities throughout her life including serving on the Kadoka Nursing Home Board, the Community Action Program, and in other various capacities at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. Betty also served as a Jackson County Commissioner.
Survivors include eleven children Katherine (Bob Karlen) Phillips, Couer D’Alene, Idaho; Charles (Janet) VanderMay, Kadoka; Mary (Jerry) Setera, Miles City, Mont.; Marjorie (Jerry Joe) Donovan, Martin; Angela (Ken) Bertalot, Gillette; Patrick (Kim) VanderMay, Norris; Daniel (Annette) VanderMay, Long Valley; Stephen (Vickie) VanderMay, Long Valley; Suzanne Hoon, Kadoka; Janice (Charles) Conlee, Rapid City; Joan (Mark) Miller, Fremont, Neb.; 44 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; eleven siblings Joseph (Evie) Nemec, West Des Moines, Iowa; Frances Terkildsen, Kadoka; Pauline (William) Bruce, Hayes; Christine Ryan, Tolna, N.D.; Leo (Betty) Nemec, Little Fork, Minn.; Audrey (Gene) Jones, Midland; Benjamin (Kathy) Nemec, Highmore; Anthony (LaVon) Nemec, Gillette; Bernadette (Dick) Knox, Highmore; Michael (Susan) Nemec, Midland; and Rita Foreng, Sioux Falls; three sisters-in-law, Glenda Nemec, Bristol, Barbara Nemec, Highmore, and Norma VanderMay, Long Valley; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband Loyd, Betty was preceded in death by one son, John VanderMay; three grandchildren, Christopher VanderMay, Theresa Setera, and Anthony Hoon; her parents; two brothers, Mark Nemec and Edward Nemec; four sisters and two sisters-in-law, Nora Wymen, Sister Edna Nemec, Winifred Bergeson, Mary Ann Nemec as an infant, Irene Zickrick, and Bertie VanderMay; two sons-in-law, Paul Phillips and Fred Hoon; and seven brothers-in-law, Raymond Terkildsen, Gary Ryan, Charles Wyman, Arthur Bergeson. Kenneth Zickrick, Harry VanderMay, and Francis VanderMay.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Friday, February 8, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 9, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with Father Tyler Dennis as celebrant.
Interment will be at the Kadoka Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Kadoka Nursing Home.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Kadoka.