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“Dear Springer Family,I'm sending my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. Your folks were always so good and so kind to me when I used to...Read More ยป
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Marie Maxine Smith was born January 3, 1931 to Maude Ruth Stevicks Smith and George L. Smith at their home near Lucas, SD. She was the only daughter and joined brothers George Jr. and Kenneth. Later Ronald would complete the family.

Marie went to Sunnyside Country School for eight years and graduated from Burke High School in 1949.

On October 30, 1949 she married Verlyn Lee Springer at the Congregational Church in Gregory because the Lutheran Church was being built. They moved to Verlyn's great uncle's homestead where she was a farm wife and helped with the family farm.

Marie was baptized and confirmed July 23, 1950 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dixon, SD.

Jolene was born in 1950, Terry in 1953, and Wayne in 1957. In 1965 the family moved to Madison, SD where they lived for seven years. Jolene and Terry graduated from Madison. Wayne moved back with his parents in 1971.

Once again Marie was busy on the family farm. In 1995 they moved into Gregory with Terry staying on the farm. Verlyn and Marie continued to be very active in helping on the farm.

Marie was always happy to be involved with church activities as well as helping at the Rosebud Country Care Center. She always enjoyed cooking homemade meals for friends as well as her family. Her raisin spice cake will be missed by many.

Marie passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2015 at the age of 86 years.

Left to cherish her memory are daughter Jolene (Harold) Eichmann, Sheldon, IA; two sons Terry, on the family farm, and Wayne (DenaMarie), Dixon, SD; her grandchildren: Michelle (Arlyn) Holtrop, Sheldon, IA, Lori (Mike) Zeiman, Cherokee, IA, Khrystyne Dummer, Sioux Falls, SD, Ashley (Richard) White, San Antonio, TX, and Jolena Atkins, Coweta, OK; two foster granddaughters Riki Langfitt, Sioux Falls, SD, and Traci Langfitt, Sioux City, IA; seven great grandchildren: Luke Zeiman of Mitchell, SD, Tyler Zeiman, Cherokee, IA, Aaron & Kayla Holtrop, Sheldon, IA, and Nevaeh Cressy, Jennifer & Jacqueline Dummer, Sioux Falls, SD; two brothers Ken Smith, Lucas, SD, and Ron Smith, Emporia, KS, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents Maude and George Smith, brother Georgie Smith, and her loving husband Verlyn.

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Funeral services for Marie Springer, 86, of Gregory, were held Monday, February 20, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory with Pastor Marcus Ring officiating. A prayer service was held Sunday evening at the church.

Music was provided by Melanie Hannahs, pianist. Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross," and "Children of the Heavenly Father." Soloist Deb Middle sang "Mansion Over the Hilltop."

Angela Spellman, Michelle Holtrop, Robin VanHove, and Darlene Horst were in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Mardi Sargent, Sammi Kenzy, and Lori Zeimen.

Casket Bearers were Marshall Springer, Luke Zeiman, Tyler Zeimen, Mike Zeiman, RIchard Shaffer, and Aaron Holtrop.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Khrystyne Dummer, Riki Langfitt, Kayla Holtrop, Arlyn Holtrop, Ashley White, Traci Langfitt, Renee Hedrick, Jolene Atkins, Norma Springer, and Ronelle Benson.

Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.