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Avis Adair (Helgeson) Week, 89, died at Luther Manor Nursing Home, Sioux Falls, SD, on July 26, 2014. Funeral services were held at Grace Lutheran Church, Sisseton, SD, on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Avis was born on March 3, 1925, the daughter of Orville and Mayme (Nelson) Helgeson, and baptized on March 29, 1925. While growing up during the depression, she often lived with relatives in Minnesota, Montana, and Illinois. But once back in Sisseton, she met and married Clayton Week on January 27, 1944. Together they spent the next sixty years living and farming east of Sisseton. Because of Clayton’s health issues, they wintered in warmer climates and finally settled in Naples, FL. These were some of her happiest years.
Avis had a creative flair. She enjoyed painting, ceramics and sewing. But her true passion was playing cards. Many family get-togethers revolved around playing card games.
Caring for her parents as they grew older was a very important part of her life. Years later she would look forward to the visits of her seven great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Macy, Adair, Michael, Harper, Riley and Taylor. The last seven years were spent at Copperleaf in Sioux Falls, where she enjoyed the company of good friends.
Survivors include her son, Robert (Cheryl Reyelts) and grandsons, Jeffrey and Cory; daughters, Connie (Bob) Mertz and grandchildren, Joe and Eric Brewster and Rachel Hanisch; and Kristi (John) Quaintance and grandsons, Sam and Joe; sister, Verlys Daniels, Winter Haven, FL; sister-in-law, Olga Palm, Mount Vernon, WA; longtime friends, Prudence Millea, Rapid City, SD and Gordon Blomquist, Helena, MT; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton; her parents; son, Joseph; brother, Herbert K. Helgeson; and many extended family members.
Memorials may be directed to Feeding South Dakota or to the Children’s Inn. For on-line condolences, please visit www.millerfh.com
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