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Agnes Miner

Agnes Menzel Miner, age 91, of Huron, died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at SunQuest Healthcare Center.  Her funeral service was at 10:30 AM Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kevin Channell and Rev. Andrew Crandall officiating.  The funeral service was followed by an Eastern Star Service conducted by Mizpah Chapter #9.  Burial was in Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota at 11:00 AM MDT on Thursday, April 8, 2010.   Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church and the Huron Regional Medical Center Foundation.

Agnes Molly was born August 23, 1918, near Selby, South Dakota, to Harold N. and Harriet (Byers) Stewart.  When she was about eight years old, her parents moved from a farm southwest of Selby to a farm they purchased twelve miles south of Morristown, South Dakota.  Agnes attended grade school southwest of Selby and the Sherman School south of Morristown.  After graduating from Morristown High School in 1936, Agnes worked for the National Youth Association that summer.  She attended Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, taking the nine month course that enabled her to teach in a rural school.  For three years she taught all eight grades at the Pioneer School southeast of Morristown, averaging nine to twelve students a year, and lived in the teacherage on the school grounds.  She attended summer school at Northern during these three years and then taught at Keldron School for one year where she taught seven grades and had 28 students. 

Agnes married Lyle J. Menzel on October 19, 1940, eloping to Baker, Montana.  She was in her second year of teaching when they bought a house in Morristown and she drove to Keldron to teach where she was receiving $85/month. However, she retired due to her pregnancy because she was not allowed to continue teaching. 

Agnes’ husband Lyle joined the US Army in December 1943, serving for two-and-a-half years in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and then for six months in Germany.  After the war, they moved to a farm one mile west of Morristown where they raised wheat, oats, corn, alfalfa, chickens, hogs, and Hereford cattle.  For a few years they even had dairy cattle and traded in fresh cream, milk and eggs. Two daughters were born, Lois Joy and Rita Elaine.  Her daughters were active in 4-H and the family participated in many club events, county fairs and the State Fair. 

While farming, Agnes worked as a bookkeeper and then as business manager for the Morristown Independent School District.  They retired December 1, 1982, and moved to Huron.  Her husband, Lyle J, died January 4, 1984, at Huron.  On May 17, 1986, she married Donald P. Miner at Huron.  He died April 3, 2004. 

Agnes was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Morristown, and then at Lemmon and Huron.  She taught Sunday school for several years at the Morristown Presbyterian Church, and also served as a Deacon and then an Elder in the Morristown Presbyterian Church.  She was an Elder in the Lemmon and Huron churches, and active in United Presbyterian Women in all three communities.

A member of Robert Morris Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Morristown, Agnes was later a member of Dakota Chapter #88 of Lemmon and Mizpah Chapter #9 of Huron and was a Past Matron of the all chapters.  This membership totaled 54 years.  She was also a member of Daughters of the Nile of Aurora Temple #39, PEO Chapter CH, South Country Extension Club and Mr. and Mrs. Dance Club.

An avid reader and crossword puzzle enthusiast, Agnes was known to peruse three or four different newspapers a day.  She loved to play bridge and cribbage with friends and family.  Known affectionately as the “Shoe Grandma,” Agnes loved all things fashionable and shared that love with the women in her life.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughters, Lois (Ronald) Bieber of Leola, and Rita (John) Schulte of Huron; seven grandchildren, Craig (Peggy) Bieber of Leola, Sandra Bieber of Chicago, lllinois, Kristi (Paul) Gibbs of Chicago, Illinois, Stewart (Rachel) Bieber of Birmingham, Alabama, Jessica (Travis) Tickle of Churchton, Maryland, Julia (Tyson) Hanish of New York, New York, and Jaclyn (Jonathan) Twidwell of Omaha, Nebraska; eight great-grandchildren, Eric and Kristin Payne, Grant, Erica and Alex Gibbs, Kate and Brett Tickle, and Reagan Twidwell. 

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Lyle Menzel and Donald Miner; and three brothers, Vance, Melvin, and Harold Stewart.  She is survived by three sisters-in-law, Grace Stewart of Truman, Minnesota, Virginia Stewart of Helena, Montana and Mavis Line of Wasilla, Alaska.

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