Josephine Lorine Hamiel was born December 19, 1921, at the family farm northeast of Reliance to William and Ozitte (King) Lindley. She attended school at Reliance and graduated from Reliance High School in 1938. She graduated from the Mitchell College of Business.
On May 14, 1940, she married Donald E. Hamiel. They farmed and ranched on the home place northeast of Reliance until 1976, when her husband died. She continued to reside there until she moved to Mitchell in 2001.
She was active in Eastern Star, the South Dakota Cowbelles, Prairie Star, and for many years was a Cub Scouts den mother. She worked as a legal secretary in her brother’s law firm, Brown and Lindley, in Chamberlain. She was a member of the Episcopal Christ Church in Chamberlain and was active in its guild.
She is survived by three sons: Kent and wife, Mildred, Reliance; Noel and wife, Janet, Mitchell; and Wade and wife, Chyree, Reliance; a sister, Iva Fleming, Mitchell; and eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; an infant twin brother, Joseph; a brother, John Frank Lindley and her parents.
A Memorial Fund has been established.