Prayer service for Phyllis Ebel, age 80, of Mobridge will be 7 PM Sunday, July 17, 2011 at Kesling Funeral Home. Visitation will start at 5 PM, Sunday till services with Pastor Keith Kraft officiating. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery at 10 AM, Monday, July 18, 2011 under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Phyllis passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011 at her home in Mobridge.
Phyllis Arlene (Kessler) Ebel was born August 23, 1930 to Adam and Ida (Laemmle) Kessler near Eureka, South Dakota. She grew up on the family farm in Mc Person county and attended country school. Phyllis also took High School courses at home and attended two years of Bible School.
Phyllis loved growing up on the farm and loved all the animals. She had many farm pets and her favorites were dairy calves and orphan lambs. Phyllis also enjoyed horseback riding until an unexpected event. One day when she rode out to gather the cows from the pasture, the cattle had to trail down a narrow road where there were many tall trees and the ditches were filled with water. Although her horse was very gentle, he some how spooked and almost dumped her in the water. After that, Phyllis was scared of horses and did not ride for a long time.
Phyllis was united in marriage to Harry Ebel on June 30, 1957 in Eureka, South Dakota. To this union 3 daughters were born, Nancy, Netty, and Nadine. Together they farmed a few years on the family farm. Then on October 15, 1966 they moved to Mobridge, South Dakota as Harry did construction work and Phyllis was a day care provider for many years. Harry and Phyllis also worked evenings doing custodial work for several businesses in Mobridge.
After the death of Harry in February 2005, Phyllis continued to live in her home and assist her daughter Netty as a day care provider.
Phyllis was a long time member of the Grace Congregational Church in Mobridge and served as Sunday School Teacher for 18 years until the church closed. She then became a member of the United Congregational Church in Mobridge.
Phyllis loved gardening and enjoyed spending countless hours during the summer keeping her garden clean from weeds. She also enjoyed listening to gospel music and her favorite country western music as well as doing word puzzles. Phyllis thoroughly loved spending time with her children and grand children as they were all very special to her.
Phyllis is survived by 3 daughters; Nancy (Dan) Steiger, Netty Meyer, and Nadine Alexander all of Mobridge, 6 grandchildren; Justin and Jennifer Steiger, Tyson Steiger, Sarah Milner, Wyatt Alexander, Saya Meyer, Skyler Meyer, Andrew Ulmer, 2 great granddaughters; Aurelia Steiger and Saffron Steiger, 1 sister-in-law; Marlene Kessler, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by, her husband Harry, her parents, 2 brothers, Elroy and Jack, grandparents, aunts, uncles & many cousins and close friends.