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Doris Ethel Ingalls

Doris Ethel Ingalls
Doris Ethel Ingalls
- June 7, 2017

Doris Ethel Ingalls was born November 7, 1938, in Sturgis, SD. Her parents were Wayne and Doris (Allen) Palmer. Ethel grew up in the Red Owl area. She spent a lot of time in the sheep wagon with her mother watching over the sheep and riding her horse. Her mother would get up early to check on the sheep. Before she left, she would saddle Ethel's horse and tie it to the wagon. Later, when Ethel woke and had her breakfast, she would jump on her horse and ride out to find her mother.


Ethel attended various country schools in the area while having to stay away from home during the school year. She was known as "Little Ethel" to some, and her brother, Arden, called her Naughty Autty. Arden always watched out for her. She told the story of riding with Arden out to work cattle and as they were crossing the dam fill, a bat flew in the window. Arden was so busy swatting at the bat he drove off the fill and rolled the car.


Ethel had a fear of water after falling in Sulphur Creek with her horse as a small girl. She and her horse went under a few times while her horse was trying to get up the bank. As they went down the creek, she wrapped her arms around her horse's neck until the horse finally made it up on the bank. She got home and changed her clothes without her mother knowing…she thought. When she came out of her room with different clothes on, her mother knew what had happened.


Ethel married Marlin Ingalls on June 8, 1956, in Faith, SD. They lived and ranched in the Opal community near Fox Ridge. They had three girls, Sheryl, Debbie, and Marla.


Ethel enjoyed riding horse, dancing, square dancing, sewing playing cards, scrapbooking, making cards, and snowmobiling throughout the years. She always loved attending her children's functions as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ethel was a member of the Church of Christ.


Ethel passed away peacefully on June 3, 2017, at the Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.


Surviving are her husband, Marlin; daughters, Sheryl (Steve) Lesmeister, Debbie (Paul) Delbridge, and Marla Griffith; grandchildren, Cody Hostetter, Jesse (Amanda) Lesmeister, Jodi (Nathan) Howie, Christy Sandquist, and Kaylee Griffith; and great-grandchildren, Buddy and Brandy Howie and Sabrina Krause.


She was preceded in death by her folks, Wayne and Doris; brothers, Frank, Everett, Arden, and an infant brother, Wayne, Jr.; her sister, Evelyn Whitman; and her grandson, Scott Sandquist.


Funeral services will be Friday, June 9, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Community Center in Faith, SD. Burial will follow at the Opal Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Faith Community Center.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice House in Rapid City.



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