Edna Dorothea Weller


October 3, 1901 - February 20, 2008


Edna Dorothea Elfrieda Brasse Weller was born in Crawford County, IA on October 3, 1901 to Fredrick and Emma (Brinkmann) Braase.  The family moved to Mitchell in 1911.  She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1920 and attended USD in Vermillion, where she earned a teaching degree.  She taught two years in a one room school house on the Dakota prairie.  Then Edna relocated to Los Angeles, CA graduating from UCLA on the same day that she married Sam F. Weller in Glendale, CA.  Her college degree in history served her well with a fervent interest in politics and travel.


Edna was an active member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.  She helped organize the first Mitchell Cub Scout Troop, volunteered at St. Mary’s Church, Mitchell School Board, Methodist Hospital, Meals on Wheels, YWCA, Oscar Howe Art Center, Abbott House and Friends of the Middle Border Museum.  She was a member of PEO, Fortnightly Club, Garden Club, and Alpha Xi Delta national sorority.  She moved to Countryside Living in October of 2005.


Edna is survived by two children:  Corinne Ragle, Mitchell, SD, Dick and wife, Derrolyn Weller, Rapid City, SD; five grandchildren:  Dr. Carol Ragle, Silver City, NM, Dr. Richard Ragle, Albuquerque, NM, Lucinda Weller Marcello and husband, Dr. Richard, Tucson, AZ, Steve Weller, San Diego, CA, and Jason Weller and wife, Shari, Scottsdale, AZ.  Her great-grandchildren are:  Wills and Phillip Marcello, Jacob and Kyle Weller, Jamin Ragle, Carin Ragle Cornali and husband, Killen.  In July, her great-great-grandchild, Hana Sophia was born.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Franklin Weller, her parents, siblings and son-in-law, Logan Ragle.


Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Abbott House or Mitchell Area Historical Society Carnegie Project.



To Be Announced


Saturday, March 29, 2008
3:00 PM
Celebration of Life
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
214 West 3rd Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graveside Service
Graceland Cemetery
Pastor Liam Muller
June 6, 2009 - 10:00 AM
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Lucinda on July 15, 2009
It has been past a year and we had the ceremony this June '09.

Many family and friends came, enjoying coffee afterwards.
Carol and I drove to Iowa to visit your family and see your ole stomping grounds before you moved to Mitchell.
We miss you so but know you are in the Lord's house and imagine you must be busy serving Him. He must be so pleased.
How many times I have gone to the phone, thinking I would call to share a laugh or story with you. Then I remember....I miss your voice and wisdom so very much. Praising God for giving me your presence for 50 plus years. Invaluable, priceless, indescribable, so very grateful for you and Sam's unconditional love in the middle of turbulent life. Please save me a seat, Gram. I know you will. Love in His Grace, Lucinda
Posted by Norris J. & Betty A. Johnson Dallas, Texas on March 18, 2008
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time.
Posted by Lucinda Weller Marcello on March 9, 2008
Beloved Gram,
You will forever be the brilliant, red cardinal in the garden to me. Thank you for modeling how to be a kind woman, loyal friend, able volunteer, hopeful mother & devoted grandmother. You made this world so much better. I am very grateful and will remember you always. Love in Him, Lucinda
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