Frankie Reeves was determined, resilient
Funeral services for Frankie Reeves, 97, of Shakopee, Minn., and formerly of Mobridge, were held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge.
Burial was in the Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home.
Frankie passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Shakopee.
Frankie was born to Frank and Grace (Duncan) Rickels on Dec. 9, 1915, in Terry County, Texas, at the Brownfield Ranch. Frankie’s father was the ranch foreman. The ranch was large, boasting 53 sections where they raised cattle and horses.
Frankie attended college at Texas Tech in Lubbock, majoring in clothing and design. She was an exceptional seamstress, sewing much of her own clothing. She was noted for her unique design and fabric in her western shirts that she made for her husband Arthur and her two boys Dean and Buzz. Frankie was very creative. She knitted afghans for all of her grandchildren. She always seemed to be in the middle of some kind of creative project.
After college, Frankie worked for Rural Rehabilitation in 1934 and ’35. Arthur worked for Brownfield Ranch as a foreman and wrangler of one of the divisions.
This is where the legacy began. Frankie and Arthur were married at Lamesa, Texas, on Aug. 3, 1935. When a severe drought had hit Texas, Frankie and Arthur packed up and moved their family to Colorado. By then they had two boys, Dean and Gene (Buzz). They lived near Trinchera and Trinidad for the next six years.
In 1949, Frankie once again packed up her family and moved to the Dupree and Eagle Butte area. Over the years she had moved 28 times with a majority of moves being in South Dakota. In 1960, Arthur went to work for the South Dakota Stockgrowers as a brand inspector. His first job was in Sioux Falls. While living in Sioux Falls, Frankie became the secretary for Sioux Valley Hospital on the post-operative floor. She worked there until they were transferred to Corsica. Not one to stay idle, Frankie went to work as a receptionist and assistant for an optometrist, Dr. Stekely, in Platte. She worked there for more than eight years. The family then moved to Winner. After several years there, they moved to Bison, then to Mobridge.
When Frankie’s health got to where she couldn’t be alone, she went to live with her grandson, D’Aun Reeves, his wife Sharon and their family. She loved her new home in Shakopee, where she became part of their family and family activities.
During all of Frankie and Arthur’s moves, their horses went with them. Buzz tells of unloading 45 head of mares off the train at Midland and trailing them 75 miles north to Dupree when they came to South Dakota in 1949. Frankie and Arthur became renowned South Dakota Quarter Horse breeders. Their breeding stock boasted of the famous pedigrees of Tom Baker, Bar Nothing Springer, Harmon King and FerTidy. They were awarded the 50-year AQHA Legacy award in 1998. The old adage, “beside every successful man, stands a remarkable woman,” describes Frankie to the letter. Through all of the moving, ups and downs of life, Frankie never faltered. She was a determined, resilient lady. Her family was the most important thing to her and she tried to keep in touch in some way with all of them.
Frankie is survived by one son, Gene “Buzz” (Faye) Reeves; grandchildren, D’Aun (Sharon) Reeves of Shakopee, Kevin Reeves of Chamberlain, JoBeth (Justin) Swires of Cody, Wyo., Kip Reeves of Houston, Texas, Melissa (Jason) Wientjes of Delta, Colo., Jim (Jana) Reeves of Midland, Bobby (Paul) Palczewski of Ludlow, Mary (Wade) Mitzel of Belle Fourche, and Tom (Carmin) Reeves of Athens, Texas; 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; one son, Dean; and her parents, Frank and Grace Rickels.