Iona M. Jerde Bouton (Petersdorf), 91 of Mitchell died Wednesday May 18, 2016 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell SD. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Iona M. Jerde Bouton (Petersdorf) died on May18, 2016 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell SD. She was the daughter of Olga Hilborg Berg of Norway and Hannes T. Jerde of South Dakota, was born on August 15, 1924 in Columbia, SD. Iona’s childhood and school years were spent in Aberdeen, SD. She met Norman L. Bouton in Aberdeen, where they later married on August 15, 1941. They later moved to Mitchell, SD, where Norman opened his own business, Norm’s TV.
Iona is predeceased by her parents, Olga and Hannes, her husband, Norman L. Bouton, and her siblings, Arnold Jerde, Camille Sinor, Evangeline (Nancy) Arnold, Elmo Jerde, and Bernard Jerde.
Iona leaves her children, Michele E. Demers of Manchester, NH, Michael N. Bouton of Sioux City, IA, and Kathleen A. Bouton of Burlington, VT and her spouse, Mary B. McGinniss. She also leaves her granddaughter, Elizabeth Demers Zuk of Los Angeles, CA and her husband, Andrew Zuk and her granddaughter, Hillary Bouton of Sioux City, IA. She also leaves her two young great-granddaughters, Joselle Zuk and Sophie Zuk.
Iona loved good books and her intellectual curiosity opened many worlds to her. She also enjoyed golfing, bowling and entertaining her close friends. Music was very important to her and she loved jazz, Harry Belafonte, Eddie Arnold and Scottish folk music. Iona appreciated nature and especially loved owls.
Iona was known for the candy she made every year for the St Mary’s Episcopal Church Holiday Bazaar, which she enjoyed making with her children. She was also appreciated for her beautiful embroidery work and expert sewing.
Iona traveled often to the UK, especially Scotland and the island of Iona in the Lower Hebrides, for which she was named. It was a place where she found great contentment and formed lasting friendships. She lived for a while in Woodstock, VT. where she helped restore books at the Norman Williams Library. In 1993 she returned to Mitchell, SD, where Iona spent her remaining years gardening, reading, sewing, and enjoying her life.