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Winnie Ward came from Mississippi to building a loving life here

Funeral services for Winnie Delores (Rasmussen) Ward, 90, of rural Timber Lake, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at United Parish in Timber Lake.
Interment will be in Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Visitation is Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. at the church.
Winner passed away on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at her home.
Winnie Delores Rasmussen was born to Hans and Sophia Kirstine (Hoyer) Rasmussen on May 24, 1929, in Escatawpa, Miss. When she was five years old her family moved to Moss Point, Miss.
Winnie was 16 years old when she came to South Dakota by bus/train to stay with her uncle Chris Hoyer for the summer, on his farm north of Timber Lake. That is where she first met Ken Ward, whose parents were neighbors to Chris. Winnie returned to South Dakota for two summers.
During her high school years, Winnie was very active in basketball and tennis. Winnie graduated from Moss Point High School in 1947. After graduation she traveled to Europe with her uncles for four months.
Winnie returned to South Dakota and married Ken Ward on Nov. 20, 1948, at the Baptist Church in Timber Lake. They lived with Ken’s mother until August of 1949, then they moved to LaPlante where Ken worked for the Chicago Cattle Company. In 1950, they moved south of Dupree near Cherry Creek and continued working for Chicago Cattle Company. In 1951, Ken and Winnie established their ranch 12 miles north of Timber Lake. Winnie worked side by side with Ken on the ranch while raising their four children.
Winnie loved God, her family, extended family, special friends and neighbors.
Winnie enjoyed gardening, canning tasty hot pickles, raising chickens, riding horseback, playing in the snow, woodworking, crafts and making many special quilts for her home and family.
Winnie was a 4-H leader, vacation Bible School teacher, Jolly 8 extension officer, sang in the church choir and cantatas, a member of the Eastern Star, and participated in horse shows/rodeos with Ken. Winnie was always selfless and generous, helping her family, friends and community.
After retiring, Ken and Winnie traveled to numerous states and enjoyed visiting with old and new friends along the way.
Winnie is survived by her three daughters and one son, Peggy Conde of Rapid City, Coral Ward of Timber Lake, Debora (Les) Holland of Florence, Ariz., and William Buck (Lori) Ward of Timber Lake. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Shilo, Sarah, Jessi, Jeane and Riley; two step-grandchildren, Chuck and Jodi Holland; eight great-grandchildren, Bailey, Isabelle, Laney, Naomi, Ian, Emma, Kace and Jett; one sister-in-law, Mary (Jim) White; two brothers-in-law, Smokey (Sherry) Ward and Monty (Gay) Ward; and many nieces and nephews.
Winnie was preceded in death by her husband Ken, parents, and all of her siblings.
Winnie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, and was a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate her life and accomplishments and will treasure the many wonderful memories she has created for her family and many dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church of your choice.
Family address: Carol Ward, 12611 254th Ave., Timber Lake, SD, 57656.