Shirlee Bucklin was married on ‘Bride for a Day’


Shirlee June (Bloodgood) Bucklin, 88, died April 17, 2012, from cancer.

Shirlee was born March 9, 1924, in the farmhouse on the family homestead outside of Huron. She graduated from Huron High School in 1942 and attended Huron College before marrying Thomas Lyon.

Tom, the father of Shirlee’s first child, Thomalene Kae (Tomi), was killed during WWII on 28 March 1945.

Shirlee married Clint Bucklin in 1947 in Hollywood, Calif., on the radio show “Bride for a Day.” The family moved from Edmonds, Wash., to Huron in 1948, where sons Stan and Steven were born. They moved from Huron to Mobridge in 1961, and from Mobridge to Sioux Falls in 1965, where daughter Sheri was born.

Shirlee was an avid gardener, using local rocks and plants to create a place of beauty in her yards. She was active in Cub, Brownie, and Girl Scouting, taught Sunday school in Huron and Mobridge, conducted a Church Circle at Asbury Methodist in Sioux Falls, was a Pink Lady at McKennan Hospital, and chaired the McKennan Charity Ball several times.
She was crowned Miss South Dakota in 1946 and Mrs. South Dakota in 1951. The other contestants at the Mrs. America contest selected her as Mrs. Congeniality. She modeled for I. Magnin in Seattle and Eiler’s Furs and Berg’s Style Shop in Huron. She loved to travel, but most of all she loved people.

She is survived by her four children, Tomi (John) Travis of Mound City, Stan Bucklin of Clovis, N.M., Steven (Patty) Bucklin of Sioux Falls and Sheri Bucklin of Red Hook, NSW, Australia; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Belle Lyon of Des Moines; step-sister, DeVee Hintze (Ralph), Lake Stevens, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, E.J. Bloodgood; her mother, Henrietta (Bloodgood) Cranston; brothers, E.J. and Dale; sister, Myrtle; husband, Tom; and husband, Clint.

Memorials may be directed to All Cat Rescue.

Funeral Services were held Monday, April 23, 2012, at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls.

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