Elda Keeton

Elda Keeton


March 1, 1922 - July 24, 2023


Elda Keeton, 101, of Mitchell, SD, died Monday, July 24, 2023, at her home in Mitchell. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Saturday, July 29, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Friday, July 28, from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service.

Elda Anna Keeton was born to Benjamin and Margaret E. (Mienen) Hatting on March 1, 1922. She attended St. Joseph School in Ashton, IA. Elda married Ralph Pontow on November 27, 1942. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and the Holy Spirit Altar Society. Following the death of Ralph in 1959, Elda married Gordon Keeton on January 21, 1975.

Elda is survived by her three children, Janet (Ed) Weber of Mitchell, Bruce (Roxanne) Pontow of Columbus, NE, and Karla (Gary) Olson of Woonsocket; two stepchildren, Richard (Betty) Keeton of Ferguson Falls, MN and Nancy Muller of Topeka, KS; and 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include two sisters, Della Wesselink of Henderson, NC, and Marjorie O’Toole of Sisley, IA., and sister-in-law Bobbi Hatting of Bothel, WA.

Elda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gordon; five brothers: John Hatting, Leonard Hatting, Andrew Hatting, Clarence Hatting, and Eldon Hatting; sisters, Alma Hons and Elaine Wellendorf; four brothers-in-law: Dick Hons, Donald O’Toole, Duane Wellendorf, and Robert Wesselink; and four sisters-in-law: Ruth Hatting, MaryEllen Hatting, Donna Hatting, and Diane Hatting.


Friday, July 28, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, July 29, 2023
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Judy Larson on August 1, 2023
Carla my sincere sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your mother
Posted by Kevin Culhane on July 30, 2023
My prayers to you Bruce, Karla and Janet on the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful person.
Posted by Dolly Herrmann on July 29, 2023
So sorry to see that Elda had passed. Condolences to you and your family Karla.
Posted by JIM & GERRY HUNT on July 29, 2023
Elda was a truly wonderful person. God Bless you all!
Posted by Pat reimnitz on July 29, 2023
I knew your step mom and loved her dearly. A wonderful person and will miss her dearly. May she rest in peace
Posted by Mark & Janelle McMahon on July 29, 2023
Deepest sympathy to the families.What a wonderful lady.
Rest in peace Elda.
Posted by Bob & Smantha Hatting on July 29, 2023
So sorry for your loss, words can't describe the heart ache you have losing your mother!! Our thoughts and prayers are with your families.
Posted by Tama Backlund on July 28, 2023
Carla, it was always fun to see you and your mother at the Scoreboard eating lunch or dinner. She was a ray of sunshine - as are you and your sister. Please accept my condolences.
Posted by Mary Ackman on July 28, 2023
My deepest sympathy to all of you.
Posted by Don Meyers on July 28, 2023
Sorry to hear about Elda’s passing. We need more Elda’s in this world. I would run into her at the grocery store and I would tease that I should walk the aisle with her and I could grab stuff off the top shelf and she could get the stuff for me from the bottom shelf. We’ll truly miss her.
Posted by RUBE ADAM on July 28, 2023
Posted by Pat & Cathy (Hatting) Corey on July 28, 2023
Deepest sympathy, Janet, Bruce, Karla and your families. I think she lived the longest of all her siblings. Losing our mom is never easy, no matter how old. 💞
Love & prayers, Cousin Cathy
Posted by Bob and Lori Herman on July 28, 2023
Elda was our neighbor for 37 years. She was such a wonderful neighbor and friend. We had a lot of great times and a lot of laughs. She was a very spunky “ young lady” We will miss you Elda rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Posted by Bonnie Weber on July 27, 2023
Just so sorry for. the your loss of Elda
She will be missed
Posted by Marilyn Mechtenberg on July 27, 2023
A few months ago I ran into her & knowing she just had a birthday, I asked her how “young” she was. She whispered “101’ & I just renewed my driver’s license! We both cracked up laughing! ! I’ll sure miss her & her sense of humor!
Posted by Phyllis Simpson on July 27, 2023
So sorry to learn of Elda 's passing. We played a lot of bridge together over the years & just played at her house last month. She was a wonderful lady. So rest in peace Elda. Prayers to the family
Posted by Phyllis Simpson on July 27, 2023
So sorry to learn of Elda 's passing. We played a lot of bridge together over the years & just played at her house last month. She was a wonderful lady. So rest in peace Elda. Prayers to the family
Posted by Heather Adams on July 27, 2023
Elda was the best neighbor we ever had! What an absolute delight to have had the privilege of knowing her and having her across the street for so many years. She will be greatly missed! Prayers to all of the family.
Posted by Jim and Glenda Hohn on July 27, 2023
Jan and families, so sorry th hear of your mom's passing!! She was a regular customer at Walgreens and would visit with her frequently! She was always a joy to visit with and her sense of humor cracked me up!! What a blessed life She lived!! Peace to you and the families!!
Posted by Linna Johnston on July 27, 2023
So sorry to hear this. Elda was a wonderful person and a great walking companion. We had some good visits while doing our laps at the mall. She always stopped to visit when we would run into each other since. My deepest sympathy.
Posted by Paul and Barb Wilson on July 27, 2023
Jan- Bruce- Carla and families. So sorry to hear about your mother. She was a great lady, You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jeanette Jones on July 27, 2023
Saddened to hear of Eldas passing. Will miss her grear sense of humor. always friendly.
Posted by Kirk and Patty Hatting on July 27, 2023
Sending thoughts and prayers to your family. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the services, but we will be with you in spirit.❤️❤️
Posted by Leona Feiner on July 27, 2023
Goodby friend and fellow bingo player. Always enjoyed our time together. My sympathy to Elda's family on your loss.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen (Clark) on July 26, 2023
Nancy and the family. My Deepest Condolences to all. God be with all of you
Posted by Jill Holzberger on July 26, 2023
She was quite the fire cracker!!! I worked with her and Gordie at the flower shop 39 years ago!!!! Never a dull moment!! She will be missed!!! 💕
Posted by Paul & Dale Marshall on July 26, 2023
What a great dame. We have many wonderful memories. Sorry we can't be there to celebrate her life. God bless.
Posted by Peggy Kowall on July 26, 2023
Sending my condolences to your families. I too just talked to your Mom about 2 weeks ago. What a wonderful Mom you were lucky to have for all these years. She was always a delight to visit with & will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Posted by Charlie and Darlene Bailey on July 26, 2023
Sorry for your loss Rest in Peace Elda
Posted by Mary and Richard Goudy on July 26, 2023
Sympathies to Eldas family. Enjoyed visiting with her.
Posted by Evalou Ligtenberg on July 26, 2023
oop hit the wrong button,
sending my sympathy and prayers for all the family.
Posted by Bruce Schwenck on July 26, 2023
My sympathies Ed and Jan.
Posted by Evalou Ligtenberf on July 26, 2023
Sending my synpathy ab
Posted by Kay Schoenfelder on July 26, 2023
Sending my prayers to Elda's family. Just talked to her one week ago. Loved her so much.
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