Funeral services for Bettie Jean Pudwill, 80, of Avon, who died May 9, 2010 as the result of an automobile accident near Tabor, will be Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Avon, with burial in the church cemetery, rural Avon.
Visitation will be at Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Avon from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 6 to 8.
Bettie was born Feb. 24, 1930, to Harold and Maude (McClaine) Hayward on a farm near Avon. She spent her entire life living in the Avon area, attending grade school at Avon Public School and graduating from Avon High School in 1949. After graduation, Bettie worked many years for Bill Hollman at the drugstore in Avon.
On Feb. 14, 1956, she was united in marriage to James Pudwill of Avon. Six children were born to their union. Bettie worked on their farm north of Avon, helping raise their family and also worked various jobs outside the home, including cooking at the C-store restaurant, sewing at Avon Enterprises, and Mensch Greenhouses, where she was employed at the present time. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Avon, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
Bettie left a legacy of love, devotion and sacrifice to her family and friends. Her hobbies included sewing, gardening and baking. During the years her children were growing up, Bettie spent many hours sewing their clothes. Her home was always filled with the smells of fresh baked goods that were enjoyed by both family and the entire Avon community. She loved laboring over her flowers and was planning to plant another garden this spring. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy, and she spent many hours attending their activities.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Cindy (Gary) Stenstrom of Yankton and their daughters, Hannah and Britta; Pastor Greg (Wendy) Pudwill of Hiawatha, KS, and their sons Paul (Darcie) Pudwill , Chris Pudwill, Jim Sobkowiak, all of Sioux Falls; Kathy Pudwill of Huron and her sons, Matt and Josh Denke of Chamberlain; Bev (Jeff) Dunn of Huron and children Ryan (Kellie) Olson, Jill (Mike) Ristaw, Robert Lindsay (Cassie Lange), Dennis Olson, all of Yankton, and Miranda Olson of Huron; Dennis (Vicky) Pudwill of Marshall, TX, and children Mike Cowart and Rebecca (Michael) Weir; Kim King and Brad Schrempp, and children Hailey, Molly, and Christian King, of Yankton; her great-granchildren: Jessica Cowart, Abbygayl and Logan Weir, Lilliana and Holden Pudwill, Logan and Elizabeth Ristaw, and Jack Olson. Also surviving her are brothers and sisters: Shirley (Bryce) Miller of Menno, Peggy Leise of American Falls, ID, Aaron (Marie) Hayward of Colorado Springs, CO, Charlene (Richard) Nelson of Sioux Falls, and Dennis (Mary) Hayward of Rapid City; a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in 1987, her parents Harold and Maude Hayward, brothers and sisters: James, June Hancock, Clarence, Donald, Opal Radack, Mary Grimme, Patsy Neu and Elva Jones.
Bettie devoted her life to doing “what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in the way of truth, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” 2 Kings 22:2.