MaryLou Traupel was born December 9, 1927, at Estherville, IA, to Louis and Leona (Wilson) Brawford. She moved to Mitchell with her family and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1946. On November 30, 1946, she married Jimmy Traupel at the Holy Family Catholic Rectory in Mitchell. She was a loving devoted stay at home mom. She was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church for many years, was an avid bowler and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and DAV Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband Jimmy; five children: David Traupel and wife; Vickie of Mitchell; Ron Traupel and wife; Sheri of Rapid City; LuAnne Bosch and husband; Jeff of Mobridge; Cheri Traupel of Sioux Falls and Michelle Traupel of Sioux Falls; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Steve Traupel, one brother, Dick Brawford, one grandson, Ricky Traupel, her parents and her stepfather, H. Gerald Holland.