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Louise Burns

April 1, 1918 — August 9, 2011

Louise Burns, 93 widow of Ralph Burns, died on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Bethesda Home in Webster. Her funeral will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, August 13, 2011 at United Methodist Church in Webster, Rev. John Hisel officiating. Burial will be the Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services at the church on Saturday. Louise Rose Korthour was born on Monday, April 1, 1918 to William and Ann (Carro) Korthour at Langford, South Dakota. She grew up on a farm in the area and attended Hickman School in rural Langford and graduated from Langford High School in 1937. On November 21, 1938 she was united in marriage to Ralph Burns at Webster, South Dakota. After their marriage the couple made their home in Langford. In 1948 they moved to Webster where Ralph was employed with the State Highway Department. She began working at Lindruds Dime Store as a clerk and later began working at Peabody Memorial Hospital in Webster. She worked in the laundry department and then transferred to housekeeping at the Webster Hospital. She earned additional income by cleaning private homes and sewing. Ralph passed away in 1972. She became a resident of Bethesda Home in Webster in May 2009. Louise was a member of the United Methodist Church in Webster where she belonged to U.M.W. and Faith Circle. She was also involved in serving the Kiwanis Club and contributing to the mission work of the church. She was well-known for many talents including sewing, needlework, quilting and baking. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will fondly be remembered for her immaculate housekeeping, strength, determination, laughter and kind heart. Louise passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Webster, South Dakota at the age of 93 years, 4 months and 8 days. Grateful for having shared her life are her son, Richard Butch Burns of Aberdeen, SD; two daughters, Janice (Roger) Monson of Webster, SD and Sandy (Dan) Arnesen of Aberdeen, SD; one brother, Ray (Andrea) Korthour of Mitchell, SD; seven grandchildren, Becky (Dana) Guffin, Tami (Rick) Sundvold, Travis Monson, Brent (Jennifer) Burns, Lance (Kristi) Burns, Lisa Joachim and Loren (Shannon) Arnesen; twelve great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ralph, her son, Duane and her three sisters, Mabel, Hazel and Lois.
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