Carolyn Eva (Beardemphl) Stover, 102, of Redfield, SD, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. Her funeral service will be Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. Pastor Kody Bullock will officiate. Interment will follow at the Ashton Cemetery, near Ashton, SD.
Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Hyke Funeral Home. Please follow current guidelines for Covid-19 and masks are encouraged at the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
On September 1, 1918, Carolyn Eva Beardemphl was born to Amzi and Edith (Bymers) Beardemphl at a midwife’s home in Ashton, SD. She was raised on the Beardemphl farm, northeast of Ashton, the fourth of nine children. She traveled to a country school by horse and buggy in the winter and walking when the weather allowed. Growing up in the 1930’s was very hard, and she learned many life lessons from those difficult times. Carolyn always helped in the kitchen but did have to help milk cows on many occasions. She loved raising the pet lambs and learning to play the piano as a child. After the country school closed, Carolyn attended Ashton High School and in 1938, graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma, WA after moving with her sister and her family.
Carolyn met Roy Stover shortly before moving to Washington state. They were married on January 31, 1939, in the Ashton Parsonage and to this union one son, Alonzo, was born. They farmed in the Ashton area until purchasing a ranch outside of Leola, SD in 1943. They established a sale barn in Leola and then spent some time in Kansas before returning to Ashton. Carolyn loved being back with family and friends and enjoyed being involved with the community. They moved to Redfield in 1964 and she continued to meet monthly with the Ashton Ladies birthday club.
Carolyn and Roy treasured time spent with family and friends. Many special memories were also made with winters in Arizona. As a member of both the Ashton Methodist Church and Redfield United Methodist Church, religion was very important in Carolyn’s life and she was the church treasurer, taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir, and shared her talents with Ladies Aid.
Carolyn will be missed by her son Alonzo (Connie) Stover of Redfield, SD; grandson Lonni (Brenda) Stover of Redfield; granddaughter Lana (Brian) Holland of Webster, SD; and great-grandchildren: Haley (Tyson) Zemlicka and their daughter Layla; Chandler Holland; Kyle Stover; and Braden Holland. She is also survived by her sister Alice Groft and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy in 2001, and seven siblings.
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