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Thelma M. Moody

Thelma Moody, age 99, of Huron, died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home.  Her memorial service was 2:30 PM Friday, April 4th at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken Hunt officiating.  Burial was 1 PM Friday at the Riverside Cemetery.  

Thelma Darland was born June 9, 1908, to John G. and Mary Leona (Widner) Darland at Cashion, Oklahoma.  She and her family moved to a farm southwest of Huron, South Dakota.  In 1911, they moved to a farm in Sanborn County.  Thelma attended grade school in Sanborn County.   She worked for several different farm families helping with the housework.   On October 14, 1926, she married Robert Moody at Huron.  They made their home on a farm southeast of Huron.

Thelma was a member of the First Baptist Church and was active in the different circles as well as “worked behind the scene” at the church bazaars making angel food cakes.  She will also be remembered for her famous chocolate chip cookies.   Thelma enjoyed gardening and raising chickens, which also resulted in selling eggs and fried chicken dinners.  She was a member of the “Rainbow Club,” a neighborhood organization of rural neighbor ladies who were there for social and group support.  She enjoyed cooking for “the men” on the farm, a task that she did until she entered the nursing home in October 1999.  In addition to her own family, she made a home for her nephews, Vern and Karen Darland.  She also cared for her in-laws when they needed extra help.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert in September 1985; two daughters-in-law, Dolores in 1983 and Gloria in 1991; one son, Darold; one daughter in infancy; one brother, Clarence Darland; and four sisters, Edith Randell, Helen Billingsley, Arvilla Lundin and Rebecca in infancy.

Grateful for having shared her life are her son, Duane Moody of Huron; her daughter and her husband, Betty and Perry Puterbaugh of Huron; five grandchildren and their spouses, Robert and Cheryl Moody of Huron, Darold (Jeannie Lawler) Moody of Huron, Mark Puterbaugh of Pekin, Illinois, Beth and Mike Slowey of Sioux Falls and Susan and Mike Soppe of Libby, Montana; five great-grandchildren, Robert Soppe, Shannon Lusk, Jessica, Nathan and Isaac Slowey; and one brother, Kenneth Darland of Provo, Utah.

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