Rosemary Mayhew


January 1, 1931 - September 2, 2015


Rosemary (Gyles) Mayhew was born on January 1, 1931 in Colman, SD to Earl and Hattie (Lewis) Gyles.  Rosemary graduated from Alexandria High School in 1949.  She married Clifford (Putt) Mayhew on August 8, 1950 in Alexandria.  To this union was born one daughter, Susan.  They made their home in Alexandria for over 40 years before they moved to Mitchell.  After graduation Rosemary worked as an aide at St. Joseph Hospital in Mitchell.  She later worked at the Hanson County Courthouse in Alexandria in the Treasurer’s, Sheriff’s and Auditor’s offices for over 30 years.  She was elected and re-elected as the Hanson County Auditor, a position that she held until she retired.

Rosemary was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria and later Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell where she was a member of the Altar Society.

Rosemary is survived by her daughter, Susan Kirkus and her husband, Doug of Mitchell, her grandson, Scott Thomas of Brookings, her sister, Bev Phillips and her husband, Bud of Mitchell and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998, her parents, a sister, Joyce and an infant sister, Margaret Ann.



Friday, September 4, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, September 5, 2015
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saint Mary of Mercy Catholic Cemetery
Alexandria, South Dakota

Posted by Alan Hatzenbeller on September 3, 2015
My deepest sympathies to You all. I have such good memories of your Mother as Auditor in Hanson County and the early days when I came to Davison County as Assessor. Keep those good memories in your mind and heart at this trying time. God bless you and Doug.
Posted by Marynolan-Rolenc on September 3, 2015
with deep sympathy
Posted by Kristy & Kevin on September 3, 2015
Sue, Doug & Scott - we are so very sorry to learn of Rosemary's passing. She was such a wonderful woman & we have some fond memories of her - just the way she would want to be remembered. She will forever be in our hearts and she will never be forgotten. God saw it was time to pick his special smiling Rose from the garden here on earth to have with him in his heavenly garden & to reunite her with Putt. Hugs & Prayers to you all.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on September 3, 2015
Posted by Judy Nolan Leiferman on September 3, 2015
With deepest sympathy.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on September 3, 2015
Doug, Susan, and Scott, I'm so sorry to hear of Rosie's passing. On a higher note, I really enjoyed taking care of her. Talk about someone who made my job a joy!!! My gosh, I have a lot of good memories.... I'm so VERY FORTUNATE to have spent time with her. If laughter and B.S. was a penny a pound, I'd be RICH!!
Posted by Nicole Cooper/Mike Speas on September 2, 2015
Will miss that welcoming smile every time we ran into each other. I wish I would of known she had declined. Time just gets away from us.. Love you always Rosemary......<3.. Nikki..
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