Jean Carol Hodges was born July 7, 1949 in Mitchell to Merle and Velma (Breland) Runestad. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1967, and later attended Dakota Wesleyan University. She enjoyed writing poetry and spending time with her friends. She treasured her visits to her son Matt in Tampa, FL and catching up with her daughter Jill.
She is survived by her son, Matthew Runestad, Tampa, FL; daughter, Jill Esterly-Jayne, Iron Mountain, MI; her mother, Velma Runestad, three brothers: Dave Runestad, Eagan, MN; Bob Runestad, Broomfield, CO; Dan Runestad, Blackhawk, SD; two sisters: Becky Dewald, Lakeville, MN, Chris Dierks, Sioux Falls and three grandchildren: Sofia, Max and Alex.
Memorials may be directed to the Pathway Program, 900 West Havens, Mitchell SD 57301.