WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Irene Scott, 95, of Wessington Springs passed away Friday, September 27, 2019, at the Weskota Manor.
Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Wessington Springs. Visitation with the family will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.
Irene Ruth Tschetter was born on December 5, 1923 to Andrew and Susie (Hofer) Tschetter at a farm northeast of Huron.
Along with her sisters Hazel, Doris, and Jeanette, Irene attended Sunshine School in Iowa Township; they went to school either on foot or riding horseback.
Irene attended high school at Yale, for two years then transferred to Huron High School, graduating in 1943. During high school, she began working at Montgomery Ward as part of a distributive education class where students gained experience working in the community. After graduating, she continued working at Montgomery Ward as an invoice clerk and attended NW College of Commerce in the evenings.
During her senior year of high school, Irene met her future husband, Lee Scott, while at a bowling alley. Following his service in the army, they were married on December 7, 1947. The newly married couple moved to Lee’s parents farm in Jerauld County. Although it was an adjustment to leave Huron and move to a house with no electricity or indoor plumbing, she soon made their farm in Chery Township into a home. Lee and Irene would raise their family and live there for the next 50 years.
At the farm, she had her hands full gardening, canning, and raising poultry. In addition, she assisted Lee with the livestock and field work. While raising her children, Irene was active in Farmers Union, served as a 4-H leader, and Sunday School teacher. In 1995, Lee and Irene moved to Wessington Springs. She looked forward to having her grandchildren join her at her home and on camping trips.
During her retirement, Irene found enjoyment in volunteer work. The United Methodist Women, Dunham Historical Society, and the Hospital Auxiliary were a big part of her life. She was proud to have made hundreds of quilts and school bags for charities and missions. Lee and Irene also spent time camping at the Missouri River and with Prairie Pals Camping Club.
After Lee passed away in 2009, Irene moved to the Weskota Apartments. She remained the center of the family, hosting holidays and events. She was always actively working on a project; sewing, quilting, reading, or making puzzle pictures.
Irene is survived by her children, Leighton of Wessington Springs, Linda of Honesdale, Pa., Gordon (Monica) of Fort Pierre, Tammy (Jay) of Waynesville, Ohio; sister, Jeanette Johnson; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her special friend, Louise Schaller.
Inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorials in Irene’s honor may be made to the Dunham Historical Society or United Methodist Church.