Elva Ellwein loved raising her boys
Funeral services for Elva Ellwein, 92, of Mobridge and formerly of Isabel, were held Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the UCC Church in Mobridge.
Burial was at Hillsview Cemetery in Isabel under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Elva passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Elva Maud Bouwman Waddell Ellwein was born on Aug. 11, 1921, to Richard and Mabel (Hettrick) Bouwman on the homestead southeast of Merriman, Neb. She graduated from Merriman High School in 1938.
On April 18, 1939, she married Frederic (Ed) Waddell at Martin. They lived in Merriman and had four sons, Frederic Jack, Donald Eugene, Robert Wendell and Merle William (Bill). The family moved to Isabel right after the 1949 blizzard and ranched there until they moved to town and Ed worked for the automotive company as a electrician and mechanic until his death in 1966.
Elva thoroughly enjoyed raising her sons and taking part in their activities. She also raised a large garden and loved to cook.
Elva worked in Elfrink’s SuperValu in Isabel, where she always had a friendly smile and cheery word for the customers.
Elva and H.O. (Ben) Ellwein were married June 5, 1967. Elva thoroughly enjoyed being Ben’s fulltime ranching partner at Isabel. They were members of a cattlemen’s association and the Isabel Rodeo and Saddle Club.
Ben and Elva moved to Belle Fourche in the early 1990s and then to Sommerset, and later to Somerset Assisted Living in Rapid City. In the fall of 2006, they transferred to Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge. After Ben’s death, Elva moved to Prairie Sunset Village and then later back to Golden LivingCenter.
She was a proud grandmother to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the United Church of Christ. She was well known for her hospitality wherever she lived. One of the highlights of her life was a five-year Bible study. Elva enjoyed fishing, hunting, square dancing, gardening, riding horses, playing cards, singing and playing harmonica.
She is survived by her sons, Don (Peg) Waddell of Mobridge and Bob (Esther) Waddell of Bonesteel; daughter-in-law, Joyce Waddell of Bison; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as many friends.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands; her sons, Jack and Bill; two daughters-in-law, Judy and Paula; and two grandchildren; sister, Lola; and half-brother, Derk.