Erma Woodruff

WOLSEY — Erma Moser Woodruff, 95, of Wolsey, passed away Friday, November 17, 2023, at Avantara-Huron.

Her Funeral Service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at First Presbyterian Church in Wolsey.

Burial will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation, with her family present, will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at Welter Funeral Home.

A Prayer Service will begin 6 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Erma Marjorie Phillips was born on July 8, 1928, in rural St. Lawrence on the family farm. She was one of 16 children born to Claude and Bertha (Marshall) Phillips. Erma attended Lone Tree rural school for eight years and then St. Lawrence High School for two years before needing to return home to help on the farm.

Erma married Leroy Moser on Dec. 14, 1945, in Wessington. Erma and Leroy made their home in Wolsey where she raised her family and was a devoted farmwife. Erma started working at the Wolsey School District in 1966 in the kitchen, a job she loved, retiring in 1997. Leroy passed away in 1992. Erma later found companionship with Victor Woodruff. They married in Wolsey on March 26, 1994. Erma and Victor had many happy years together until his passing in 2015.

Erma was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wolsey, Presbyterian Women, and Wolsey Card Club. Erma loved spending time with her family, hardly missing any activity of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. If she couldn’t attend, she loved getting updates from her family. She will be remembered as a great baker-decorating many cakes for birthdays and making Christmas candies with family. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, and playing cards. Erma loved to dance and was a member of different dancing clubs.

She is survived by her children, Sheila (Loren) Boyens of Sioux Falls, Peggy (James) Wagner of Cottonwood, Ariz., Leon (Marilyn) Moser of Wolsey, and David (Barbara) Moser of Huron; eight grandchildren, Scott (Beth) Boyens, Mark (Stephanie) Boyens, Craig (Rachel) Boyens, Curtis (special friend Tessa Fennimore) Wagner, Matthew (fiancé Tara Viktora) Moser, Lance (Callie Jo) Moser, Tammy (Jeff) Gilbert, and Kristina (Joel) Vetter; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald (Karen) Phillips of Ore.; sisters, Laura Stoudt of Wash., and Mona Brock of Ore.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded by her parents, her husbands, seven brothers and five sisters.