Ann (Keating) Lemon, age 91, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
A Latin Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Steven Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary at 6:45 PM and a Vigil service at 7:00 PM led by Reverend Larry Regynski.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Brian Lemon, Andy Barkley, Matt McKenna, Alan Lemon, Jonathan Lemon, and Nick Bowden. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchild.
Ann (Keating) Lemon was born March 14, 1927 in Yankton, South Dakota, to John L. and Patricia (Hart) Keating. She graduated 8th grade from Sacred Heart Catholic School and then graduated from Mount Marty High School in 1945. She attended two years at the University of Iowa, where she met her future husband, Elgin Lemon Jr. They were married June 20, 1947, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton. After their marriage they lived one year in Philadelphia and one year in Sioux Falls before settling in Yankton.
Ann loved her Catholic faith, her family and fighting for the unborn. In addition to giving pro-life educational programs, she organized the Holy Innocents Vigil for Life for over 30 years. She also sponsored a weekly pro-life quotation in the Yankton County Observer.
Ann played the piano by ear from an early age. Mrs. S.G. Donaldson was her long time teacher. She presented a solo piano recital as a high school senior and played the piano for the high school swing band. During college she had a daily radio program on WSUI, the station owned by the University of Iowa. She played the organ for the funeral choir at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years. She also helped her son, Mike, in the family insurance business for 25 years.
Survivors include her ten children: Deborah Lemon of Yankton; Mike (Cheryl) Lemon of Tyndall, South Dakota; Lee (Ron) Barkley of Yankton; K.C. Lemon of Yankton; Mollie (d. Rick) McKenna of Saratoga, California; John (Colleen) Lemon of Campbell, California; Brendan Lemon of New York City; Megan Lemon of Yankton; David Lemon and special friend Diane Hobza of Omaha, Nebraska; and Becky (Mike) DeBolt of Omaha; 27 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and one sister, Pecky (Larry) Kelly of Denton, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elgin; three grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters.
Memorials may be to The House of Mary Shrine, PO Box 455, Yankton, SD 57078 or to The Pope Paul VI Institute, 6901 Mercy Road, Omaha, NE 68106.
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you were all blessed to have her in your lives, as we all were...God Bless!
Larry and Glenda Lanning
KC and Mollie, I am sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.
Few are called to holiness as Ann Lemon was. She and her husband brought forth a wonderful family which was her legacy. Kind and gentle, caring and just a lovely human being. She enhanced the lives of all who knew her. Her heavenly Mother - has led her to her Son.
To all the Lemons, I was saddened to read of the passing of your mother. This brought back fond memories of my time in Yankton and the friendship between my parents and yours. Prayers for all of you.
The Keating/Lemon families were part of our lives for many years. Ann will not be forgotten.
Leta & Chuck Levinger
Meghan, Debra and Ryan........Please accept our heartfelt condolences. I remember seeing Ann at Mass and she was always so friendly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tony and Jeff Willman
Sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts for you and your families
Marsha Haley Conner
Mike and Cheryl and Family. My families deepest sympathies and love goes out to you all. Call upon the Lord and He will grant you peace. Hold onto those beautiful and wonderful memories. She was such a beautiful woman inside and out.
John and family,
Thoughts and prayers for all of you. So sorry for your loss. Never easy to say good bye to your mom.
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