Obituary: Jean Kary

Jean Kary, of Norris, S.D., passed away Oct. 8, 2019.
Jean was born to Cody and Alice (Boyden) Sinning on March 3, 1931, at Cody, S.D. She was a ranch wife, artist, historian and author. She grew up east of White River and attended high school there. She worked as a telephone operator in the Northwestern Bell Telephone office in White River prior to marrying William (Bud) Kary. She was involved in farming and ranching in Mellette County all of her life. She loved “Heritage Quilt Projects” where she would complete unfinished 50-plus-year-old quilts. She was an avid reader and enjoyed collections of various things such as salt dishes and brass plates. Jean actively corresponded with family and friends by mail and phone, visiting was one of her greatest joys.
Jean wrote poetry and short stories for years. For 22 years, she researched, wrote and presented history papers at the South Dakota West River History Conferences. Her work earned her various awards including the one commending her for preserving South Dakota and Dakota Territory history. Over the last 10 years, she wrote an Old West saga of 10 novels as part of the National Novel Writing Month project.
Jean is survived by her older sister, Florence Strickland, of Lamesa, Texas; sons, Ace Kary (Edna Kary) and Brant Kary, both of Norris, S.D.; daughters, Rae Kary Staab (Eric Staab) of Mayetta, Kan., and Anita Kary Barrett (John Barrett) of Goddard; grandchildren, Paul Kary, Rebekkah Kary and fiancé Landon Fanning, and David Kary, all of South Dakota, Elizabeth Staab Van Deusen and husband David Van Deusen, and Cordelia Staab Whitlatch and husband Michael Whitlatch, all of Oklahoma, Emily Barrett Simms and husband Robert Simms of Kansas, Lawrence Barrett of Texas, and Rachel Barrett Cress and husband Ben Cress of Utah; great-grandchildren Jaelynn Simms, Declan Simms, Samuel Van Deusen, Jeremiah Van Deusen and Josiah Whitlatch; and many extended family members and friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Kary; her parents; and sister, Marie Ramsborg.
Funeral services will be at the Norris Bible Church, Norris, S.D., at 1 p.m. Oct. 18. Viewing will be before the service at Rush Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Norris Volunteer Fire Department, 24820 270th St., Norris, S.D. 57560.
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, is in charge of Kansas arrangements.