Wanda Mauree Hall, 91, of Onida, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Edgewood Assisted Living, Pierre, SD. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 4:00-5:00 PM concluding with a prayer service at 5:00PM at Feigum Funeral Home in Pierre, SD. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 28, 2019 at the Onida Presbyterian Church, Onida, SD, at 10:30 AM with Interment at the Onida Cemetery.
Wanda was born December 25, 1927 to Wilber M and Esther (Evans) Day at St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, SD. She attended grade school at South Clifton School, in Clifton Township, and High School at Onida High School, graduating in May of 1946. After graduation, Wanda attended Mankato Business College in Mankato, MN for bookkeeping and secretarial work. After graduating from Mankato Business College, Wanda worked for an insurance and real estate office in Cheyenne, WY and later moved back to Onida where she worked for John Day Implement and later C. R. Garner Insurance.
On August 3, 1950, Wanda married Harlan H. (Pike) Hall. They lived 6 miles south and 1 mile east of Onida on what is now known as the Letellier place. In 1952 they moved to the Asmussen place, 6 miles south and 9 miles east of Onida and lived there for the next 25 years where they raised their 5 children. Wanda was a farmer’s wife and helped Pike with raising Hampshire hogs, Hereford cattle and for a few years, sheep. Wanda would usually raise chickens through the summer and dress them out with the family’s help to sell them to various local people who wanted fresh chickens to eat. While the children were in school, Wanda also worked in town; first for Francis and Mary Ryan helping during the income tax season, and then at the Onida Clinic doing medical insurance claims and bookkeeping until the clinic closed.
In 1977, Wanda and Pike moved to Onida along with their youngest, Brian. Wanda went to work for the State of SD in Pierre in the Education Department, later transferring to the Labor Department where she worked with Worker Compensation claims and then to the Department of Transportation where she handled all the Worker’s Compensation claims. After having a hip replacement surgery, Wanda decided she had enough of the driving back and forth to Pierre, so she retired from the State of SD, just shy of 15 years. Finding life boring around the house, Wanda went back to work for the Conservation district as their secretary/ bookkeeper for 5 years and then out to the Feedlot for a couple more years. Wanda also worked 1 day per week for the Onida Watchman and when the Feedlot was sold, she started working every Tuesday and Thursday at the Watchman. She wrote for the Onida news column (what was going on the past week), did the Bulletin Board, Birthday and Anniversary list and Down Memory Lane. She also wrote some stories and proof read the paper before it went to the printer. All this was later done on the computer and then e-mailed to the printer. Such is progress!!
Wanda tried to stay busy and active in the community. She was the director of the Make-It-With-Wool contest, a 4-H Leader and also served on the Fair Board for some 40 years. Wanda received awards for 4-H Alumni and Friend of 4-H and was inducted into the South Dakota Fairs and Celebrations Hall of Fame where her name is on a plaque in the Women’s Building at the State Fair ground in Huron. In 2007, she was awarded the Fairperson of the Year at the State convention and received recognition from Governor Mikkelsen for community involvement. Both Pike and Wanda were active members of the Jaycees where Wanda held most of the offices along with serving as the First and Second Vice-President for the State organization. She served as Worthy Matron of Onida Chapter #138, filled the chairs for most of the stations in Star and served as a Page at Grand Chapter three different years.
Wanda was a member of, and secretary for, Onida Eastern Star, Sully County Fair Board, Progress CFEL Extension Club, Sully County Extension Council, South Dakota Quilters Guild, Homestead Quilt Guild, OHS/SBHS Alumni Assoc. and the Presbyterian Women’s Organization. Those left behind to cherish her memories are her children, Peggy (Mike) Grubbe, Ellinwood, KS; Jeanne (Dan) McComsey, Onida; Diane (Keith) Kramer, Olathe, KS; Allan (Patricia) Hall, Brandon, SD; and David "Brian" Hall, Onida, SD; 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren and sister Margaret Demery, Aberdeen, SD. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan "Pike" Hall, parents Wilber and Esther Day and parents-in-law, Ralph and Hilda Hall.