Jean O. Ireland

Jean O. Ireland, 89, of Oral, S.D., passed away on May 18, 2020, at the Monument Health Custer Care Center, in Custer.

Jean was born on November 8, 1930, in Ben and Leafy Mansfield’s log cabin in South Dakota. She was the eldest of Dale and Helen (Blankenfeld) Mansfield’s 11 children. Jean had fond memories of growing up on Pass Creek. She attended her first two years of High School in Martin and graduated from Cherokee High School in Iowa, in 1948. She began Cosmetology school in Sioux City but left before finishing when Wm Wayne Ireland appeared one afternoon, took her home, spoke to her father, and proposed. They were married in the First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City on November 12, 1948.

Jean and Wayne raised four children. While raising them, Jean delighted in sharing her love of natural beauty, from the prairie to the Needles of the Black Hills, playing in creeks, camping on land in the Hills, and teaching them to garden. Jean was as graceful in her selflessness and care of others, as she and Wayne were when they flowed beautifully across the Long Valley dance floor. She made the complicated simple by supporting last minute plans made by her children, happily playing on the floor with her grandchildren or chasing them over the back of a couch as needed, accepting in-laws and outlaws and extras as family, and making all feel important as she shared love with everyone.

Jean would live in multiple communities in Western South Dakota the rest of her life. She was always active in the community, Extension Club, Welcome Wagon, Election Board and Church. Jean provided day care services in Rapid City and Oral, and was part of the Foster Grandparent Program in Hot Springs.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Wm Wayne Ireland; parents Dale and Helen Mansfield; siblings, Keith Mansfield, Virginia Gagnon, Gail Reinert, and Linda Flewelling; and son-in-law, Harvey Goossen.

Jean is survived by her children; Janet Goossen, Sturgis, Jeanette (Pat) Keifert, Mont. and Texas, David (Betsy) Ireland, Lake Charles, La., and Joan (Joseph Springer) Ireland, Shoreview, Minn.; siblings, James Mansfield, Kadoka, Harry Mansfield, Pierson; Richard Mansfield, Sioux City, Audrey Neiffer, Chamberlain; Betty Schmidt, Early, and Judy Gross, Sutherland; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Private interment was held on Saturday, May 23, at the Martin Community Cemetery in Martin.

A celebration of life service will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association are preferred.

Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home will have a video of the interment service available.

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