Evelyn Thomsen

Dates

July 25, 1920 - April 6, 2021

Obituary

Evelyn Thomsen, 100, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. A Celebration of Life Service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene in Mitchell. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Fulton, SD. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Evelyn Gladys (Ness) Thomsen was born July 25, 1920 on a farm in Miner County north of Fulton, SD to Ed and Vollie Ness.  She attended the Glee Lake Rural School and graduated from Plano Consolidated School as Salutatorian of the Class of 1938.  Evelyn attended Eastern State Normal School in Madison, SD where she obtained her teaching certificate. She then taught at Hanson County for two years and Sanborn County for two years.  After teaching she worked for Montgomery Ward Company in Mitchell, SD in a clerical position.  Evelyn was united in marriage to the love of her life, Melvin C. Thomsen, on April 9, 1944.  Melvin was drafted to serve in the US Army in January 1945 until November 1946. While Melvin was serving in Japan and the Philippines, Evelyn worked at the South Dakota Farmers Union in Mitchell, SD.  In 1947, the family moved to a farm for one year until Melvin gained employment at Farmers Union Central Exchange (CENEX) of St Paul, MN.   During this time Evelyn chose to lovingly raise their three children.  Melvin’s position required the family to live in several places including Wessington, SD, Thief River Falls, MN, Tracy, MN, Dawson, MN, and West St. Paul, MN. In 1964 Melvin took a leave of absence to spend two years in Uganda, East Africa as a Cooperative Management Advisor for the US Department of State Agency for International Development (USAID). Evelyn and family enjoyed this special opportunity immensely. Evelyn went back to work in 1969 as an Estates Accountant for the First Trust Company of St. Paul, MN.  The couple retired in 1982 and moved back home to Mitchell, SD. where they were long time active members of the Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene.

For their entire married life Evelyn rarely drove the family car. In May, 1998, on the way to a hospital in Sioux Falls, SD where Melvin was scheduled to have open heart surgery, he turned to Evelyn and gave her the keys to the car. He said, “You might need these.” Little did they know that Melvin would never drive again as he passed away July 11, 1998 of complications from the surgery. A widow at age 78, Evelyn accepted the challenge of having to drive herself to wherever she needed to go.  She enjoyed spending her retired years playing table games with friends and relatives. Her favorites included Phase 10, Mexican Train and Bingo and she was incredibly competitive.

As a devout Christian she looked forward to the day when she would meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Evelyn passed away on April 6, 2021, at the age 100 after a brief illness eighteen days after her last sibling, Maynard Ness passed away.   

Evelyn is survived by her children, Wanda Joy and husband Michael Baker, Mitchell SD; two sons, Les and wife Lane Thomsen, San Antonio, TX; Vandy and wife Paula Thomsen, Independence, MO; six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Vollie Ness, her husband Melvin Thomsen and brothers: Elmon (Irene) Ness, Maynard Ness and Kenneth Ness, sisters: baby Grace Ness and Mildred (Norman) Holmes.


Visitation(s)

None Scheduled

Service

Date
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Time
10:00 AM
Location
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene
1017 W Norway Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery
Fulton, SD


Posted by Carol Bowen Carstens on July 8, 2021
Earth's loss, heaven's gain! I'll bet she was so happy to be reunited with Melvin. She never forgot who I was no matter how much time had passed. Thank you Evelyn for your and Melvins example. It was a pleasure to have known you both!❤
Posted by Doris Meinke on May 1, 2021
To Evelyn's family. I always went to see and talk to Evelyn. Evelyn was like a mom to me.I loved her so much. I told Wanda Baker, she had to share her mother with me. Evelyn will always be in my heart.
Posted by Jerry Ness on April 17, 2021
Evelyn will be remembered as a sweet, kind sole. Goodness personified. R.I.P.
Posted by Sina Glover on April 15, 2021
When I think of Grace I think of Evelyn. Her smile warmed my heart as did our conversations. She never mixed words. My thoughts and prayers to her family. May all your wonderful memories give you the comfort and strength to carry on her legacy.
Posted by Anna Gardner on April 10, 2021
Evelyn was the epitome of class, had the most endearing smile and made me feel so incredibly loved and valued in the short time I had the pleasure of being in her company. She was a beautiful soul and those who ever met her were fortunate.
Posted by Mary Stadlman on April 9, 2021
I am sending my condolences to Evelyn’s family. She was truly a lady with wit and style. I enjoyed visiting with her, when I worked at Prairie Crossing. God Bless!
Posted by REBECCA WIPF /ALICE NESS on April 8, 2021
EVELYN WAS MY MOM;S COUSIN AND BESTIE ALL HER LIFE AND I GOT TO KNOW HER TOO LUCKY FOR ME I HAVE THE QUILT SHE MADE MY MOM REST IN PEACE SAY HELLO AND HUG MY MOM IN HEAVEN WHILE YOU ARE THERE
Posted by Wilbert and Marilyn Roth on April 7, 2021
We're so sorry! We were out of town when Maynard died--a double whammy.
Rest in Peace.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen(Jack) on April 6, 2021
To Evelyn's family. What an angel Heaven has gained. Evelyn was a true Christian woman and the biggest PRAYER WARRIOR I have ever known. God and her were best buddies. I loved her with all of my heart, I will miss her. She lived a good, long life. I loved taking care of her at Edgewood. The talks we had were magnificent and uplifting. REST IN PEACE EVELYN. GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVENT OF GOD
Posted by Jackie Christiansen(Jack) on April 6, 2021
To Evelyn's family. What an angel Heaven has gained. Evelyn was a true Christian woman and the biggest PRAYER WARRIOR I have ever known. God and her were best buddies. I loved her with all of my heart, I will miss her. She lived a good, long life. I loved taking care of her at Edgewood. The talks we had were magnificent and uplifting. REST IN PEACE EVELYN. GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVENT OF GOD
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