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In memory of

Mildred "Millie" Rust

of Murdo, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at the Kadoka Nursing Home at the age of 84

Mildred Leone Anker, better known as "Millie" to her family and friends, was born October 19, 1919, on a farm near Van Metre, South Dakota, the daughter of Louis and Anna Marie (Monson) Anker.

She grew up on the family farm and received her elementary education in a rural school in that community. She then attended Murdo High School.

Millie was united in marriage to Lloyd Rust on October 15, 1938, at Pierre, South Dakota.

They made their home on a farm-ranch north of Okaton, South Dakota. In the early 1980’s, they retired from the farm-ranch, and spent the winter months in Arizona, and resided in Murdo during the summer.

After her husband’s death in May of 1985, she continued to reside in Murdo until health reasons forced her into the Kadoka Nursing Home on October 26, 1996, where she has since resided.

Millie was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church of Murdo, she was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed bowling. She adored her favorite dog, "Buffy" and enjoyed spending quality time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared her life include her son Merle Rust and his wife Barbara of Okaton; three daughters Sharon Ivory of Reno, Nevada, Theresa Penman and her husband Richard of Carson City, Nevada, and Debra Cressy and her husband Curt of Piedmont, South Dakota; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one brother Leonard Anker and his wife Mary Ann of Murdo; two sisters Inez Cardamon of Hill City, and Doris Miller and her husband Delmer of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Millie was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Rust in May 1985; a daughter Beverly Jo Fish; and a brother Mons Anker.

Closed casket visitation was held one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 2, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo, with Pastor David A. Brinkmeyer officiating.

Interment was in the Murdo Cemetery.

Saturday, October 2, 2004 1:00 p.m.
Messiah Lutheran Church
Murdo, South Dakota
Rev. David A. Brinkmeyer
Karen Royer – Organist
Debbie Cressy – Vocalist
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
Monte Anker – Guy Anker
Matt Cressy – Cory Rust
Cole Rust – Josh Penman
Justin Ivory – Lance Ivory
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
Murdo Cemetery
Murdo, South Dakota

Saturday, October 2, 2004 1:00 p.m.
Messiah Lutheran Church
Murdo, South Dakota

  • We have come to know of Millie and the family of Iver, Ingeborg and Anna Monson only lately, but our families were very close back in Bergen in the early 1900's, and in the US helping each other once immigrated. Please accept our belated condolences and know that there is extended family with us, and also still in Norway who think of you all. ~ Debra, Ketil and Jessica Andreassen PO Box 290, Paynesville, Vic, Australia (9/29/2004)
  • " In my house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you. I go now and prepare a place for you so that where I am you may be also".

    May God be a comfort to you. We are thinking of you all.
    ~ Cindy Miller and Family P.O. Box 480, Piedmont, SD 57769 (9/29/2004)
  • While I was taking care of Millie, we had a good time. Sometimes she would get upset, I would just go play the piano and she would come and sing every song, I played.. This also was done at the nursing home. She loved to say the Norwegian prayer. She would sing this over and over. I just wish I would have learned it from her as it was really a precious song to her. She was a joy to take care of, but glad that her suffering is over. ~ Dorothy Murdo, SD (9/29/2004)