Alma L. Gannon


May 21, 1921 - May 6, 2011




Alma L Gannon was born on May 21, 1921 at Artesian, SD to Chris and Edna (Bluhm) Eggert.  She grew up on a farm and attended rural schools.  For her freshman year of high school, she attended Plano High School and then transferred and graduated from the Artesian High School, Artesian, SD in 1939.

Following high school, the direction of Alma’s life was significantly influenced by a suggestion of her best friend, Natalie Fridley, that the two of them enroll at Dakota Wesleyan University.  Alma attended Dakota Wesleyan University for two years, graduating with a two-year state teaching certificate.  She then taught in rural schools.  Alma attended night classes and summer school until she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.  On June 19, 1949, Alma married William “Bill” Gannon at the First United Methodist Church at Mitchell.  She continued teaching in rural schools for six years. After moving to Mitchell, she taught third grade at Eugene Field School in Mitchell for twenty-eight years until her retirement in 1984.  Her teaching career spanned forty-three years.

She was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Mary’s Circle, Mitchell Area Retired Teachers Assoc., South Dakota Education Association, National Education Association, James Valley Senior Citizens and the YWCA.  Alma enjoyed going on tours, sewing and reading.

She is survived by one sister, Lois (Melvin) Wolfe, Rapid City, SD and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  Alma was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1982; her parents; two sisters, Clara Brakke and Ida Thompson; a brother, Leonard Eggert; and her stepfather, Ralph Hendrix.



Tuesday, May 10, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, May 11, 2011
10:30 AM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 North Main Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Rose Andersen on June 18, 2011
to the family of Alma Gannon: Sincere sympathies. Alma was such a nice lady and will be missed by all of us.
Posted by Chris (Runestad) Dierks on May 12, 2011
Our sympathies to Alma's family from my mother, Velma Runestad, one of Alma's long-time friends. They enjoyed lots of good times and laughter playing cards (Hand and Foot) for many years. Alma was one of her favorites and will be greatly missed.
Posted by Cleo Thomas on May 12, 2011
I found my great-aunt Alma about 5 years ago through my genealogy studies and am so happy to have known such a wonderful woman. I will miss being able to talk to her and celebrate her 90th birthday as we had planned on doing. Sincere condolences to her family and friends
Posted by Rachel Brakke on May 11, 2011
Aunt Alma is my great aunt. I always enjoyed seeing her when I visited South Dakota and enjoyed her quick wit. She really helped my grandmother Clara as she became affected with alzheimer's and she has always just been there for my family. We will all miss her immensely.
Posted by Kathryn (Fridley) Wormstadt on May 10, 2011
I have known Alma all my life. Her mother was my adopted grandma. It was nice to have known her.
Posted by Lorraine Hanten on May 9, 2011
I extend my sympathy to her family. I was glad to know her.
Posted by Wayne & Debbie Burnett on May 9, 2011
Our thoughts and prayer go out to family and friends. Alma will be missed by many people, she was one great lady.
Posted by Anita (May) Schmidt on May 9, 2011
I knew Alma for many years as she was a friend of my mother, Erma (Sundstrom) May. Alma always had a cheerful outlook and was fun to visit with. I send my sympathy to her family.
Posted by Barb (gates) Dulaney on May 8, 2011
I want to send my deepest sympathy to all . Alma was my third grade teacher at eugene field school many years ago. May God bless you all.
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