Verna (Hetland) Wire Lyons was born July 25, 1921 at Artesian, SD, daughter of Henry and Anna (Tysdal) Hetland. She grew up attending rural grade school and graduated from Artesian High School in 1939. Her secondary education included a two year teaching degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She taught elementary classes in several eastern South Dakota communities.
In 1945 she married Douglas E. Wire at Spencer SD. They farmed in the Forestburg/Artesian, SD area and raised two children, Gloria Carolyn and Paul Douglas.
Following the death of her husband in 1965, she earned her Bachelor Of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Dakota and taught in the Vermillion School System for several years before moving to Rapid City.
In 1976 she married Albert V. Lyons of Rapid City. They owned and operated the Sunset Motel in Belle Fourche for a number of years before retiring in Rapid City. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert in August 2007.
She was active in Calvary Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, The Black Hills Rosemaling Association, Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research and the Black Hills Calligraphy Guild. Verna’s greatest interest however was reaching out to many friends and family through her delicious meals, strong coffee, great pies, e-mail messages, or personal phone calls. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Dennis) Keck, St. Lawrence, SD and son, Paul (Lori) Wire, Rapid City, SD, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Arlis (Knutson) Hetland, Mitchell, Beverly (Oling) Wire, Mitchell and Lavonne (Wire) Dinzl, Minneapolis, MN.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Douglas and Albert, one brother, Robert Hetland and her parents.
A Memorial Fund has been established to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association.