Lila Clara Wollmann was born December 4, 1940 on a farm near Freeman, SD to Mike S. and Clara (Hofer) Wollmann. She had one older brother Gerald. When Lila was three years old, the family moved to a farm one mile north of Bridgewater, SD. They attended Zion Mennonite Church in Bridgewater where she was baptized in 1955. She attended school in Bridgewater and graduated from high school in 1959. She attended South Dakota State University in Brookings graduating in 1963 with a degree in Home Economics Education. Lila taught in Armour, SD for three years and then in Mitchell for 34 years – retiring in 2000.
Lila was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and helped with Bible School crafts for many years. In retirement, she volunteered much of her time to her church by shopping for and putting together mission kits, working on the banner committee, and assisting with the Love Feast. In 2004, she went on a mission trip with the United Methodist Committee on Relief to Louisiana.
Several summer vacations were spent traveling with friends to such places as Europe, the East Coast, and Hawaii. In her leisure time, Lila bowled in a league, enjoyed playing cards with the “gang”, and spent time sewing, crocheting, and gardening. Her hands were never idle. She was also a 4-H supporter judging clothing, etc. at the local and state level.
Lila nurtured her two nieces and her nephew by taking them individually to Mitchell for summer visits - showing them the “sites” and teaching them to sew, crochet, macramé, or whatever was the new crafting trend.
Lila was the favorite of the eleven great nieces and nephews also. She would always have a variety of projects stashed in the craft closet for the kids to do. Thanksgiving dinners and the crawdad feeds were annual family events that Lila enjoyed hosting.
Two families that were especially close to Lila were the Ray and Doreen Gosmire and their children: Marshal, Myles, and Molly and Rich and Deb Platt and their children: Julia and Jordan. Lila and Molly spent many hours working together on projects --which included 12 quilts. Lila was proud to be the adopted grandma for Julia and Jordan. All held a special place in Lila’s heart.
Lila died on July 5, 2009 after a short battle with cancer.
Grateful to have shared in her life are her brother, Gerald and wife, Frieda of Bridgewater, SD; two nieces: Sheila and husband, Timothy Miller, of Milbank, SD, Gail and her husband, Geoffrey Smith, of Gregory, SD; one nephew, Merlin Wollmann and his wife, Kristi, of Bridgewater, SD; and eleven grand nieces and nephews: Emily, Sarah, and Michael Miller; Joshua, Jacob, Levi, and Lucas Smith; and Sawyer, Sierra, Aaron, and Holden Wollmann.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister-in-law, Vauneta (Decker) Wollmann.