WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Ada J. Caffee, 76, of Wessington Springs, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at her home.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at the United Methodist Church in Wessington Springs with Rev. Zack Kingery and Rev. Don Grubb officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Ada Jean Orton was born July 21, 1940, in Madison to Thomas and Margaret (Meyer) Orton. She attended school in Madison.
In 1957, she was married to Glenn Jackson. Together they had two children, Marsha and Marshall. She worked at the Philip Hospital in Philip. On March 9, 1968, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Caffee. With Ada’s two children and Lawrence’s two children, Jerry and Cristy, they were now a family of six, and they made their home in Wessington Springs. Together they added to their family, Jacquelyn, Mary and Paula.
Ada and Lawrence made their living for many years farming, raising and buying cattle. Later she managed the books for their car dealership. She owned and operated the Clothes Gallery until her retirement.
Ada was an avid bowler and golfer. If she wasn’t on one of the many bowling trips, in a bowling alley, or on a golf course, she was enjoying reading, knitting “those Christmas stockings” and playing cards with “The Girls.” She took many adventures trips overseas with her family, encouraging fun, but always loved coming home. Her pride and joy were her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. If her family were in sports she was in the stands rooting and encouraging their best efforts. She was always the first to tell you she was proud of you.
She is survived by her five children, Marsha Kathman of Hastings, Neb., Marshall (Duangjan) Jackson of ChokeChai, Thailand, Jerry (Kimberly) Caffee of Wessington Springs, Mary (Jeff) Reider of Wessington Springs, and Paula Ehrich of Tea; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three brothers Thomas, Wayne, and Rich Orton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence on Sept. 15, 2016; two daughters, Cristy and Jacquelyn; three sisters; and two brothers.