Verna (Hetland) Wire Lyons


July 25, 1921 - September 1, 2013


Verna (Hetland) Wire Lyons was born July 25, 1921 at Artesian, SD, daughter of Henry and Anna (Tysdal) Hetland. She grew up attending rural grade school and graduated from Artesian High School in 1939. Her secondary education included a two year teaching degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She taught elementary classes in several eastern South Dakota communities.

In 1945 she married Douglas E. Wire at Spencer SD. They farmed in the Forestburg/Artesian, SD area and raised two children, Gloria Carolyn and Paul Douglas.

Following the death of her husband in 1965, she earned her Bachelor Of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Dakota and taught in the Vermillion School System for several years before moving to Rapid City.

In 1976 she married Albert V. Lyons of Rapid City. They owned and operated the Sunset Motel in Belle Fourche for a number of years before retiring in Rapid City. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert in August 2007.

She was active in Calvary Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, The Black Hills Rosemaling Association, Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research and the Black Hills Calligraphy Guild. Verna’s greatest interest however was reaching out to many friends and family through her delicious meals, strong coffee, great pies, e-mail messages, or personal phone calls. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Dennis) Keck, St. Lawrence, SD and son, Paul (Lori) Wire, Rapid City, SD, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Arlis (Knutson) Hetland, Mitchell, Beverly (Oling) Wire, Mitchell and Lavonne (Wire) Dinzl, Minneapolis, MN.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Douglas and Albert, one brother, Robert Hetland and her parents.


A Memorial Fund has been established to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association.


Friday, September 6, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, September 7, 2013
11:00 AM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 North Main
Mitchell, South Dakota


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota

Posted by Sharon(Nelson) Narem on September 25, 2013
So sorry to read of Verna's passing. I got to know her thru my father, Cecil Nelson, and we talked on the phone occasionally. She was happy when I got her in touch with my cousin B Zimmerman who was a geneology expert and she helped him with information about Artesian. We visited thru e-mails as well. My condolences to all her family. God Bless RIP Verna
Posted by Marcia Satter-Wicks on September 5, 2013
I was born and raised in Artesian, SD. I now live in Lompoc,CA. The Hetland and Satter families were friends over the years. My oldest sister, Clarice, and Verna were in the same high school graduating class of 1939 and kept in touch. Clarice passed away 2 yrs. ago.Verna was such a nice Christian lady-I enjoyed seeing her at the class reunions-always so friendly. Sympathy and Prayers, Marcia Satter-Wicks
Posted by Curtis C Rees III on September 4, 2013
Gloria and Paul, Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. May she rest in peace.
Posted by Maia (Tysdal) Brusseau on September 4, 2013
I am so saddened to hear about Verna's passing. She was such a lovely lady who always had a smile on her face & some kind of delicious, often Norwegian, food to share! I always enjoyed learning about the Tysdal family history & receiving beautiful calligraphy from Verna. Her bright, cheery & warm personality will be missed by all who knew her. I hope memories of the happy times will help us all find peace in this difficult time. Rest in peace, sweet Verna.
Posted by Kerry Doren on September 3, 2013
Gloria- I just wanted you to know what a truly special lady your mom was. She has been my rock the last couple of months. Being truly at peace with where she was going, she has been a huge help to me in dealing with my own health issues. She understood my fears in a way few others could. We had a very nice conversation a couple weeks ago, in which she told me that she hoped that she had touched lives in a way that her memory would live on. I am truly grateful for her friendship and for the matter of fact way she lived each day. I truly miss her and will continue to miss her for some time. I hope that when my time comes I can face it with as much grace and faith as she did.
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