BROOKINGS — Ella Mae Korthals, 90, of Brookings and formerly of Huron, died Monday, October 9, 2017, at The Neighborhoods at Brookview.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 16, at First United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Eidsness Funeral Home.
Ella Mae Breeding was born May 31, 1927, in Mitchell to Paul and Ella Francis (McCormick) Breeding. Ella Mae lived on the family farm north of White Lake. She attended Patton Country School until third grade when they moved to town. She graduated from White Lake Public School in 1945. She graduated from S.D.S.C. in 1949, with a degree in home economics education. Ella Mae completed a lengthy teaching career beginning in Canistota, then teaching in Woonsocket, and finally retiring from the Huron Public Schools in 1982. She also worked as a librarian at the Public Library between her tenures at Woonsocket and Huron.
Ella Mae married Edward Korthals June 18, 1950. They moved to Huron and purchased their first home in 1951. Ella Mae lived in this home until 2011, when she moved to Stoneybrook Assisted Living in Brookings to be closer to her daughter and family. While in Huron, Ella Mae was an avid bowler, a member of Beta Sigma Phi, SDEA, and the First United Methodist Church.
Family was very important to Ella Mae, and she especially liked following the activities of her two grandsons as they grew up. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and playing bridge. In her retirement, she learned to be an accomplished painter and greeting card maker.
Ella Mae is survived by her daughter, Kim (Craig) Carson of Brookings; grandsons, Andrew (Melissa) Carson of Nashville, Tenn., and Justin Carson of Chicago, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Warren Breeding; and her parents, Paul and Ella Breeding.
Memorials may be given in Ella Mae’s name to the Huron Public Library, South Dakota State University Family Consumer Science Education, or the Brookings First United Methodist Church.