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In memory of

Joan Prichard

of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Golden Living Center Bella Vista in Rapid City at the age of 76

     Joan Y. Hansen was born December 28, 1932, north of Interior, South Dakota, the daughter of Alfred and Sylvia (Paulsen) Hansen. She grew up and received her education at Interior through the third grade. The family moved to Kadoka in 1942, where she continued her education, graduating from Kadoka High School in 1951. After graduation, she taught school one year at Weta. 
Joan was united in marriage to “Lonesome” Lloyd Prichard on July 22, 1952, after he rode into the Weta School on horseback and proposed to her.
They made their home on a ranch in the Weta area, where she raised her four children, and helped on the ranch. 
In 1964, their family moved into Kadoka, where Joan started working at the Kadoka Clinic for Dr. Sundet, and later for Dr. Swisher, where she managed the pharmacy. 

Her husband Lloyd preceded her in death on December 31, 1994.   Joan continued to live and work in Kadoka, until retiring in 2003, after 35 years. Joan remained in Kadoka until 2007, when due to health reasons, she moved to Rapid City, where she has since resided. 
Joan was an unbelievable homemaker, kept an immaculate house, was an amazing seamstress and a great cook. She loved horses, old time country music, but most of all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, where she served as a deacon. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Order of Eastern Star Evergreen Chapter #97, all of Kadoka. 

Joan was one of the nicest people anyone could have met. Although she endured many hardships the last few years of her life, she continued to worry more about others instead of herself. Her dignity was an inspiration to all her family. 

Survivors include her son Cleve Prichard and his wife Laurie of Kadoka; three daughters Kim Noyes and her husband Doug of Rapid City, Debbie Kezar and her husband Terry of Whitman, Nebraska; and Joni Thomsen and her husband Robert of Long Valley; fourteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother Jerrald Hansen and his wife Norma of Spearfish; one sister Marilyn Brooks and her husband Darral of Rapid City; a sister-in-law Ruth Cullin of Arizona; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Prichard; her grandson Todd Prichard; her parents; and her nephew Cory Brooks. 

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, and one hour preceding the services at the auditorium on Friday. 

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 13, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Jim Sorum and Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating. 

Interment will be in the Kadoka Cemetery. 

A memorial is established.

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 10:00 a.m.
Kadoka City Auditorium
Kadoka, South Dakota
Pastor Gary McCubbin
Pastor Jim Sorum
Joyce Wheeler - Lyndy Ireland
“How Great Thou Art”
“Old Rugged Cross”
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand” 
Stevie Ellsworth - Christie Matson - Kim Noyes
Grady Crew - Veryl Prokop
Irwin Ferguson - Joe Stratton
Monty Prichard - Zane Kezar
Tanner Kezar - Travis Kezar
Cyrus Kezar - Seth Thomsen
Douglas Noyes
All Relatives & Friends In Attendance
Kadoka Cemetery
Kadoka, South Dakota

Visitation: 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka.
Funeral services: 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 13, at the Kadoka City Auditorium.
Interment: Kadoka Cemetery.

  • We am sorry to hear of Joan' passing. She was a great lady and we were blessed to have known her. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Dixie Huber Murdo, SD (11/7/2009)
  • We are so sorry for your loss. Joan was such a special person. I remember when she worked at the Kadoka Clinic. She always made you feel that you were the most important person of the day.
    We do understand the heartache that came with her illness. We have been down that road. God bless your family.
    ~ Nancy Totton Kadoka SD (11/7/2009)
  • I remember Joan when she worked at the Kadoka Clinic and I was working in the Nursing Home and then in Home Health. She was always such a positive and pleasant person. I know she will truly be missed. My love and prayers to all the family. I know how special she was to you Marilyn. ~ Joan Kirchhevel Rapid City, SD (11/7/2009)
  • We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a great lady and always enjoyed visiting with her at the clinic in Kadoka. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Rod & Darlene Cudmore Fort Pierre SD (11/7/2009)
  • We will miss our Aunt Jo dearly. We have many special memories and will keep her in our hearts. ~ Angi Kiewel and family Rapid City, SD (11/7/2009)
  • Aunt Jo I love you dearly. I will miss you and keep you in my heart forever. She was very special to me. She was the greatest great aunt ever. ~ Hannah Kiewel Rapid City, SD (11/7/2009)
  • We will truly miss you Joan. We have great memories and had so many good times together. Joan touched our life in many loving ways. ~ Darral & Meme Rapid City, SD (11/7/2009)
  • My having been born in the Dakota Badlands makes for a unique history. ‘Lonesome’ Lloyd & Joan Prichard are certainly an important part of that history. We moved to town to start school, therefore I didn’t get to have Joan as a teacher in Weta School. However, we made frequent trips to our Badlands place along the White River, and we would pass by Weta School & Prichard’s place on the way….often Dad & I would stop in for coffee & conversation with Lloyd & Joan who always had the welcome mat out. Joan always had something fresh from the kitchen to munch on. The Beckwith, Grimes & Peterson elders have passed, and now Lloyd & Joan….along with all the colorful stories of an earlier cowboy/cowgirl lifestyle in the remote Badlands without amenities kids enjoy today. It’s good to know they raised such great children who will keep their legacy alive, along with the history of Weta in the Badlands.
    God Bless Joan & her family,
    Mike Barber
    Tampa, Fl
    ~ Mike Barber Tampa, Fl (11/7/2009)
  • Sorry to hear about your mom, my prayers and thoughts are with you at this sorrowful time in your lives. God bless you and know God is with you at this time. ~ Curtis Bitting Philip, SD (11/7/2009)
  • Kim, Cleve, Debbie and Joni...I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She was such a vibrant, positive and truly wonderful person. The last few days, my thoughts have been filled with wonderful childhood memories of time spent with your family...State B tourneys, sleep-overs at Grandma Sylvia's next door, ball games, prom, band trips, school dances, climbing the Badlands near Weta, practical jokes and of course driving Cleve's mustang car and high-centering it...Kim and I played coy on that one but he figured it out since the rope was dragging from the back. Your Mom was the absolute best cook. And her sewing skills were the envy of many. In later years, when I would run into Joan, she was always so genuinely interested in how I was doing and always asked about my family. She truly cared about others; it was so evident in how she lived her life. I pray that God gives you courage, wisdom, compassion and comfort. Please know that others are grieving with you. May your family memories give you comfort and strength during these difficult days. ~ Roxy (McCormick) Schmit Spearfish, SD (11/7/2009)
  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Even though I had not seen Joan for many years, I can still remember her smile (wonderful smile).

    Please know others care!!!
    ~ Roxy Formanek Hermosa South Dakota (11/7/2009)
  • I am saddened to hear of the passing of Joan. For many,many years I had heard stories of "Lonesome" Lloyd and Joan. I had the best time working with Joan at the Clinic. She was a very special lady and she will surely be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow. ~ Ellie (Brown) Bettelyoun Kadoka (11/7/2009)
  • Joan was the nicest person anyone could ever know. We shared many meals both at our house and her house, she was a wonderful cook, she loved house keeping and cooking. Joan always wanted to share food and good conversation with her friends. We miss her so much, but will remember all of the fun times we shared and cherish the memories. Sympathy to the family. May God Bless you all. ~ Betty Lou and Joe Stratton Kadoka (11/7/2009)
  • Joan was so nice to be around, she always had a greeting and a smile. Our hearts and prayers are with the family now.
    Bruce & Bonnie Madsen
    ~ Bonnie Madsen Kadoka, SD (11/7/2009)
  • My thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Joan was a very special lady. ~ Kari Porch Pierre, SD (11/7/2009)
  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Joan was always such a beautiful lady with the most beautiful smile! We
    are thinking of you during this time and you are in our prayers that God will provide you with a feeling of peace and comfort.
    The Doney's
    Gabe, Lonnie Jo,
    Colton, Corter,and Camden
    ~ Gabe and Lonnie Jo Doney Valentine NE (11/7/2009)
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time in your lives. Sorry for your loss. ~ Curtis Bitting P.O. Box 242 Philip, SD 57567 (11/7/2009)
  • Cleave, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Richard Pesicka & Family
    Cody, Conor and Cade
    Richard and Diana.
    ~ Richard Pesicka Colorado Springs Colorado (11/7/2009)