Ethel Maxine Hostler was born March 17, 1917, rural Cavour, to Lloyd and Hazel (Franzen) Culver. She attended Cavour country school and Cavour High School. She graduated from Huron High School and Huron College. She taught school in Wolsey and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. On October 5, 1940, she married Edward Hostler in Chadron, NE. They lived in Batesland, SD, and then moved south of Cavour where she taught in the Richland Country School. In 1947, they moved north of Artesian where they farmed and she also taught at Iroquois, Yale and Carthage. They lived in Custer, Letcher, and then moved to Mitchell in 2003. She had been a resident of the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket and the Good Samaritan Center in Howard. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Carthage and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell.
She is survived by one son, Larry Hostler and wife Linda of Mount Vernon, two daughters, Jean Meester and husband Dennis of Bigelow, MN, Betty Cramer and husband Robert of Letcher, ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward in 2006, one daughter Linda, and four brothers: Don, Robert, Lester and Wesley, two infant sisters and her parents.
A Memorial Fund has been established.