Redfield: Elizabeth Betty Francis Gilbertson, 96, of Redfield died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the Eastern Star Home.
Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2012, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Redfield. The Rev. Tim Fugman will officiate.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, with Thelen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012, with the family present from 5-7 p.m., at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield.
Elizabeth Francis Skillman was born Jan. 3, 1916, to Merit and Inga (Running) Skillman in Valley Springs. She had eight brothers and one sister. She grew up in Valley Springs and graduated from Valley Springs High School. She attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls for about a year. While in college, she worked at Fenn's Ice Cream, Manchester Biscuit Colo., and at Kresge Dollar Store in downtown Sioux Falls.
She married Adolph Gil Gilbertson on June 14, 1938, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Following their marriage, they lived in Chamberlain before moving in 1942 to Redfield, where they raised their family and lived their remaining years. Gil worked in Redfield for the Soil Conservation Service and, in 1953, he went to work for the Dakota Hatchery and Mill, where he later became part owner. Betty resided at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield from October 2002 until April 2012.
Her hobbies and interests included the Chicory Chicks Extension Club, golf, bridge, dancing, coin and political button collecting, and working crossword puzzles. One of her favorite pastimes during her younger years was that of playing on a woman's softball team and she was especially proud of her strong pitching arm. She was a member of the United Church of Christ for 65 years, where she also taught Sunday school.
Betty is survived by two daughters: Linda and her husband Wayne Hardie of Los Alamos, N.M., and Barbara and her husband Randy Joyce of Redfield. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Elizabeth Nanez, Krista Page and Mark Joyce; three great-grandchildren: Allison and Nicholas Nanez, and Sierra Page; and a brother, Shirley Skillman.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Gil, in 1974; her parents; seven brothers; and one sister.
The family wants to thank and express our gratitude to the Eastern Star Home for the kind, loving care of Betty for so many years. Our confidence and trust in all you did for her brought us great peace of mind.
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted and put toward a gift in Betty's memory, which will be given to the Eastern Star.