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Marion "Elsie" Tarrant
Marion Tarrant
- March 13, 2018

Elsie was born September 24, 1928, to George and Berta Magenheimer. Elsie grew up on her parents' homestead near Fairpoint, SD, along with her two siblings, Ella and John. She graduated from Newell High School in 1947, while living with her sister.

After graduation, she returned to the family's homestead to help her brother, John, until she married Jess Tarrant on October 4, 1948. She spent 60 very busy years living and working with her husband on the Tarrant homestead/ranch near White Owl. Their three children were exposed to a pretty typical farm/ranch setting with herd cattle, a small dairy operation, pigs, sheep, and chickens. A large garden provided just about everything else the family needed. Eventually, efforts were concentrated on registered Angus cattle. Elsie enjoyed being outside and was an invaluable asset to her husband's farming and ranching efforts.

For enjoyment, Elsie liked to crochet, cross-stitch and needlepoint. And, she was an avid reader. She also loved to spend time in the garden tending to the flowers and vegetables. Though she never believed she was a good cook, her family thought she was; and, home-made cookies were always available. She found pleasure in the simple things of life, e.g. a family picnic in a park or a Sunday drive in the Black Hills.

Marion "Elsie" Tarrant died at the Sturgis Regional Hospital on March 9, 2018, after a brief illness.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy and Peggy; as well as several nieces and nephews. Judy is currently living in Gig Harbor, WA, with her husband, Ron Smith. Peggy resides in Folsom, CA, with her husband, Kurt Hall; and, their children, Zodanne and Conrad.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, George and Berta; her two siblings and their spouses, Ella and Bob Getty and John and Mae Magenheimer; her husband, Jess; and, her only son, William.

There will be an informal gathering of her remaining family later this spring; and, inurnment of her ashes will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Memorial funds may be submitted, in her memory, to the Rural Meade County Ambulance Service (17506 South Dakota Hwy 34, Enning, SD 57737). Elsie and her husband were very grateful for this service, over the years.

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