Virginia C. Rye
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Virginia C. Rye, age 85, of Pierre, South Dakota, formerly of Gayville, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Avera Maryhouse Long Term Care Center in Pierre.

Memorial service will be 2:00 PM on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend David Lund officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later time in the Gayville Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Wednesday at the funeral home and also following the service at the Hospitality Center.

Virginia C. Rye was born September 15, 1928, at Buena Vista, Colorado to Charles Minnie (Marks) McKelvie. She attended school between Gayville, South Dakota and Vancouver, Washington, graduating from Gayville High School in 1946. She attended Mount Marty College for one year and began teaching school at West Prairie and then Mission Hill. She married Manford (Mickey) Rye on January 27, 1951 in Vermillion, South Dakota. They farmed northeast of Gayville, raising three girls, until retiring to Yankton in 1987, becoming members of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Virginia enjoyed cooking, gardening and reading. She always loved getting the family together on Sundays for a good family meal.

Survivors include three daughters: Janet Nelson, Pierre; Denise Rye, Yankton; and Renee (Duane) Bagstad, Yankton, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, a half-sister, Marilyn Ross of Salida Colorado; a step mother, Stella McKelvie of Salida, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Manford Rye on March 8, 1999; two brothers, Berdell McKelvie and Russell Gene McKelvie; and sister, Elaine McKelvie-Fabrizio.


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Janet, so sorry to hear your mother passed. Hope you are doing well.

Sharon Robbins


Dear family, I was saddened to hear of Virginia's death on Wednesday when I was hoping to visit her. I so enjoyed getting to know her this past year along with a few other ladies that had an affiliation with Lutheran Memorial. She was a very dear lady and I wanted to extend my sympathies to all of you. Gods grace and peace.

Evie Slaathaug


Dear family, I want to let you know that I so enjoyed knowing your mom. We have known each other for years, and most recently at Maryhouse Nursing Home. Gods peace.

Alice Peterson


Janet, so sorry for your loss, our folks were good friends for alot of years.

Charlie Larson


Janet, please know that you are in our thoughts at this most difficult time. Your Mother knew you loved her and I hope you can find some comfort in that you are a loving, dedicated and caring daughter.

Bonnie Winters


I feel so grateful that I got to know my grandmother for all of my 36 years. My best memories include Saturday lunches out at some of our favorite places to eat in Yankton, followed by a drive across the bridge, out to Lewis & Clark Lake, or a walk with her Boston Terrier, Tootsie. I loved when she would tell me stories about how she got together with Grandpa. I have never felt more at home than when I would come to Grandma's for an overnight or two. I will miss my grandma tremendously but take comfort in the fact that she is with God and grandpa right now. I love you, Grandma!

Audra Nelson


Janet, Denise and Rene, My deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother, my aunt. I have fond memories of my time in South Dakota with mom and Barb and you all. Asking God to comfort all of you at this time.

Kathy Fabrizio Rogers, Kathy Jo Rogers


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