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
All Relatives & Friends In Attendance
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.