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Ellen Talley

January 5, 1936 — June 21, 2015

***  TO VIEW VIDEO TRIBUTE, CLICK ON WEBLINK ABOVE (Computers Only)Ellen Talley, age 79, formerly of Opal and Faith, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday June 21, 2015 at the Belle Estate Senior Living Center in Belle Fourche, surrounded by her loving family. The funeral service will be held 1pm Friday, June 26, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, with Pastors Harold Delbridge and Sam Cowles officiating. Visitation will take place 4 to 7pm Thursday at the Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held in Bear Butte Cemetery, in Sturgis. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Faith Area Memorial Chapel in Faith, with the assistance of Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Ellen E. Palmer was born January 5, 1936 in Faith, South Dakota. She was the daughter of LeRoy and Grace Alverda (Murphy) Palmer. Ellen grew up in the Red Owl area, where she also attended country school. She was united in marriage to Allen Talley on August 8, 1953 in Sturgis and they began their life together on the “Cow Camp” of the Talley Ranch. In 1958 they moved 3 miles south to be closer to school. There, they raised their family of 1 son, Rolis and 3 daughters, Sharon, Reena and Nancy. Ellen was a self-taught seamstress and owned a fabric store that she ran out of her home in Opal. She gave sewing lessons as well. In many ways a person could say sewing was her life in those days. After they sold the ranch in 1990, they lived in Whitewood for a time and then moved to Julesburg, CO where they managed a motel until 2003. They then moved to Faith to manage the Prairie Vista Inn for a time, continuing to live in Faith until 2010 when they moved to the Belle Fourche Belle Estate Senior Living Center. Allen died in October of 2014 and since then Ellen has remained at Belle Estate. Ellen loved her life there as she became family with the staff and residents. She enjoyed her potted flowers and tomato plants, yahtzee games and bingo. Ellen was very proud of her grandchildren and enjoyed attending all their events, especially the rodeos. Many memories were made on the camping and fishing trips that the family took in her younger years. She will be missed very much by her family. Grateful for sharing her life are her daughters, Sharon Priest of Dell Rapids, SD, Reena (Dave) Veit of Buffalo, WY and Nancy (Lynn) Miller of Mud Butte, SD; daughter in law, Jan Talley of Pierre, SD; 8 grandchildren, Regan (Levi) Kling, Danielle Priest, David A. (Brianne) Veit, Grant (Trish) Veit, Chancy (Jordan) Miller, Taylor, Shayna and Katy Miller as well as 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her siblings: brother, Dave Palmer of Casper WY; sisters, Darliene Keffeler of Alkali SD, June Tennis of Sturgis, Jean (Jack) VanSickle of Sturgis, LaRayne (LeRoy) Clem of Isanti MN, Marjo (Gordon) Speakman of Milton Firewater OR, Verda Wall of Eden Prairie MN; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Palmer of Faith, and Darlene Palmer of Aberdeen. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Al; son, Rolis; brothers, Jim, Floyd, and Glenn; and sister, Dorothy. FUNERAL SERVICE 1:00 P.M. – Friday – June 26, 2015 First Presbyterian Church - Sturgis, South Dakota   OFFICIANTS Pastor Sam Cowles        Pastor Harold Delbridge   SPECIAL MUSIC Processional – “Holy Spirit” (Recorded) Recessional – “Go Rest High on that Mountain” (Recorded) “Mansion Over the Hilltop”, “Green Green Grass of Home” Wesley Hotchkiss, soloist Cheryl Cowles, pianist   HONORARY CASKETBEARERS David Veit                                                                Regan Kling Brianne Veit                                                          Danielle Priest Grant Veit                                                               Jordan Miller Trish Veit                            Katy Miller                    Shayna Miller                 ACTIVE CASKETBEARERS Jon Collins                                                          Taylor Miller Levi Kling                                                          Tony Talley Chancy Miller                                                        Barry Vig INTERMENT Bear Butte Cemetery Sturgis, South Dakota
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