Evelyn Thomsen, 100, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, July 24, at Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene in Mitchell. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Fulton, SD. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Evelyn Gladys Thomsen was born July 25, 1920 to John and Lydia (Betchel) Ness in rural Miner County north of Fulton, SD. Evelyn grew up on the family farm, and attended Glee Lake Rural School. She graduated from Plano Consolidated High School as Salutatorian of the Class of 1938. After high school, Evelyn attended Eastern State Normal School in Madison. After receiving her teaching certificate, she taught in a rural school in Hanson County for two years and then in Sanborn County for two years. Evelyn then performed office work at Montgomery Ward Company in Mitchell.
In 1944 Evelyn was united in marriage to Melvin Thomsen. Melvin was drafted to serve in the Army in January of 1945 until November of 1946. While Melvin served, Evelyn worked in the office for the South Dakota Farmers Union. When Melvin returned from overseas, the couple resided to a farm for a year, until Melvin accepted a job with Farmer Union Central Exchange in St. Paul, MN. During this time the family moved several times, and Evelyn stayed home to take care of their three children. In 1969 Evelyn went back to work as an Estates Accountant for the First Trust Co. of St. Paul, a job which she loved doing. In 1982 Evelyn retired, and they moved back home to Mitchell.
Evelyn enjoyed spending time with friends and family. She was a member of the Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene in Mitchell.
Evelyn is survived by her sons, Les (Lane) Thomsen of San Antonio, TX and Vandy (Paula) Thomsen of Independence, MO; daughter, Wanda (Mike) Baker of Mitchell; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; parents; brothers, Elmon (Irene) Ness, Maynard, and Kenneth Ness; sisters, Baby Grace Ness and Mildred (Norman) Holmes.