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Lola Marie (Lewis) Stalcup

Lola Marie (Lewis) Stalcup
Lola Marie (Lewis) Stalcup
- June 20, 2017

Lola Marie (Lewis) Stalcup, 84 of Lead passed away suddenly on Friday, June 17th in Sheldon, IA.

She was born on May 28th, 1933, the 2nd of 6 children and the oldest daughter, to Belva (McConnell) Lewis and John Lewis in Ainsworth, NE. She was raised on a ranch outside of Ainsworth. On November 30, 1953 she married the love of her life, Elmer Stalcup. Shortly after that, the couple moved to South Dakota eventually settling in Lead. There they raised four children in a house that was small in size but big on love. In the children’s early years, she often helped Elmer with his timber business but, eventually, went to work as a CNA. She was a caretaker at heart and the patients/residents under her charge received the absolute best care possible. Most of those years were spent working at David M Dorsett nursing home in Spearfish. There, people knew her as hard working and unfailingly dependable. In most things, Lola was a pragmatic person. She was an extremely hard working woman who believed in taking care of what you had. At the age of 83 she was still climbing on top of her roof to take care of problems and plowing out her driveway from the endless supply of snow that seems to fall in Lead. To her family, Lola was a pillar of strength and a beacon of light through the many storms they weathered. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She was always quick to throw together a meal when one of her children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews stopped by. She was always there to listen when someone was hurting and quick to bring you a pot of her famous chicken and noodles when you were sick. She was a woman of unquestionable integrity. She never participated in gossip or family squabbles nor did she raise her voice to anyone. Though she wasn’t one to flaunt her Christianity, she was quick to remind you to pray on your problems and leave them in God’s hands. It was because of her faith, that it came as a surprise to her family that she had never been baptized. In 2011, several members of her family decided to be baptized. Lola then shared that she would like to be baptized as well. So on a hot day in July 2011, at the age of 78, Lola was baptized, along with her daughter Marilyn, two granddaughters, Tanya & Shanna, great-granddaughter Eilissa, and great-grandson Jaeden in Alkali Creek just outside of Sturgis by Pastor John Williamson.

Lola was preceded in death by both parents; son, Daryl Ray Stalcup; husband, Elmer D. Stalcup; great-grandson Brandon Thompson; sisters, Bonnie Thill, Velda Smith and brothers, Claire & Marvin Lewis. She is survived by brother, Lyle (Marsha) Lewis; daughters, Marilyn (Robert) Kaiser, Sharyl Williams, Rhonda (Marty) Paulsen; granddaughters, Tanya Paradise, Shanna (Steve) Callies, Maranda (Danny Woods) Williams and Selina Paiano; grandsons, Joshua (Rachel) Nelson and Derek Chavez; great- grandchildren, Ariana (Levi) Bertolotto, Colton Paradise, Jaeden Jones, Eilissa Rhodes, Dayla Nelson, Trayvon Nelson, Keira Nelson, Cayden Chavez, & Gene Woods; great-great grandchildren, Autumn Bertolotto and Zander Bertolotto (arriving July 2017); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 3:00 PM on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Lead-Deadwood Chapel. Inurnment will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Deadwood.



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