Evelyn Thomsen

Dates

July 25, 1920 - April 6, 2021

Obituary

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.


Visitation(s)

None Scheduled

Service

Date
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Time
10:00 AM
Location
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene
1017 W Norway Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery
Fulton, SD


Posted by Doris Meinke on May 1, 2021
To Evelyn's family. I always went to see and talk to Evelyn. Evelyn was like a mom to me.I loved her so much. I told Wanda Baker, she had to share her mother with me. Evelyn will always be in my heart.
Posted by Jerry Ness on April 17, 2021
Evelyn will be remembered as a sweet, kind sole. Goodness personified. R.I.P.
Posted by Sina Glover on April 15, 2021
When I think of Grace I think of Evelyn. Her smile warmed my heart as did our conversations. She never mixed words. My thoughts and prayers to her family. May all your wonderful memories give you the comfort and strength to carry on her legacy.
Posted by Anna Gardner on April 10, 2021
Evelyn was the epitome of class, had the most endearing smile and made me feel so incredibly loved and valued in the short time I had the pleasure of being in her company. She was a beautiful soul and those who ever met her were fortunate.
Posted by Mary Stadlman on April 9, 2021
I am sending my condolences to Evelyn’s family. She was truly a lady with wit and style. I enjoyed visiting with her, when I worked at Prairie Crossing. God Bless!
Posted by REBECCA WIPF /ALICE NESS on April 8, 2021
EVELYN WAS MY MOM;S COUSIN AND BESTIE ALL HER LIFE AND I GOT TO KNOW HER TOO LUCKY FOR ME I HAVE THE QUILT SHE MADE MY MOM REST IN PEACE SAY HELLO AND HUG MY MOM IN HEAVEN WHILE YOU ARE THERE
Posted by Wilbert and Marilyn Roth on April 7, 2021
We're so sorry! We were out of town when Maynard died--a double whammy.
Rest in Peace.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen(Jack) on April 6, 2021
To Evelyn's family. What an angel Heaven has gained. Evelyn was a true Christian woman and the biggest PRAYER WARRIOR I have ever known. God and her were best buddies. I loved her with all of my heart, I will miss her. She lived a good, long life. I loved taking care of her at Edgewood. The talks we had were magnificent and uplifting. REST IN PEACE EVELYN. GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVENT OF GOD
Posted by Jackie Christiansen(Jack) on April 6, 2021
To Evelyn's family. What an angel Heaven has gained. Evelyn was a true Christian woman and the biggest PRAYER WARRIOR I have ever known. God and her were best buddies. I loved her with all of my heart, I will miss her. She lived a good, long life. I loved taking care of her at Edgewood. The talks we had were magnificent and uplifting. REST IN PEACE EVELYN. GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVENT OF GOD
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