Alma L. Gannon


May 21, 1921 - May 6, 2011




Alma L Gannon was born on May 21, 1921 at Artesian, SD to Chris and Edna (Bluhm) Eggert.  She grew up on a farm and attended rural schools.  For her freshman year of high school, she attended Plano High School and then transferred and graduated from the Artesian High School, Artesian, SD in 1939.

Following high school, the direction of Alma’s life was significantly influenced by a suggestion of her best friend, Natalie Fridley, that the two of them enroll at Dakota Wesleyan University.  Alma attended Dakota Wesleyan University for two years, graduating with a two-year state teaching certificate.  She then taught in rural schools.  Alma attended night classes and summer school until she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.  On June 19, 1949, Alma married William “Bill” Gannon at the First United Methodist Church at Mitchell.  She continued teaching in rural schools for six years. After moving to Mitchell, she taught third grade at Eugene Field School in Mitchell for twenty-eight years until her retirement in 1984.  Her teaching career spanned forty-three years.

She was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Mary’s Circle, Mitchell Area Retired Teachers Assoc., South Dakota Education Association, National Education Association, James Valley Senior Citizens and the YWCA.  Alma enjoyed going on tours, sewing and reading.

She is survived by one sister, Lois (Melvin) Wolfe, Rapid City, SD and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  Alma was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1982; her parents; two sisters, Clara Brakke and Ida Thompson; a brother, Leonard Eggert; and her stepfather, Ralph Hendrix.



Tuesday, May 10, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, May 11, 2011
10:30 AM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 North Main Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

entry posted by Rose Andersen on 06-18-2011
to the family of Alma Gannon: Sincere sympathies. Alma was such a nice lady and will be missed by all of us.
entry posted by Chris (Runestad) Dierks on 05-12-2011
Our sympathies to Alma's family from my mother, Velma Runestad, one of Alma's long-time friends. They enjoyed lots of good times and laughter playing cards (Hand and Foot) for many years. Alma was one of her favorites and will be greatly missed.
entry posted by Cleo Thomas on 05-12-2011
I found my great-aunt Alma about 5 years ago through my genealogy studies and am so happy to have known such a wonderful woman. I will miss being able to talk to her and celebrate her 90th birthday as we had planned on doing. Sincere condolences to her family and friends
entry posted by Rachel Brakke on 05-11-2011
Aunt Alma is my great aunt. I always enjoyed seeing her when I visited South Dakota and enjoyed her quick wit. She really helped my grandmother Clara as she became affected with alzheimer's and she has always just been there for my family. We will all miss her immensely.
entry posted by Kathryn (Fridley) Wormstadt on 05-10-2011
I have known Alma all my life. Her mother was my adopted grandma. It was nice to have known her.
entry posted by Lorraine Hanten on 05-09-2011
I extend my sympathy to her family. I was glad to know her.
entry posted by Wayne & Debbie Burnett on 05-09-2011
Our thoughts and prayer go out to family and friends. Alma will be missed by many people, she was one great lady.
entry posted by Anita (May) Schmidt on 05-09-2011
I knew Alma for many years as she was a friend of my mother, Erma (Sundstrom) May. Alma always had a cheerful outlook and was fun to visit with. I send my sympathy to her family.
entry posted by Barb (gates) Dulaney on 05-08-2011
I want to send my deepest sympathy to all . Alma was my third grade teacher at eugene field school many years ago. May God bless you all.
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