Mary Lou Gilman
August 26, 1937 – October 21, 2020
Funeral services for Mary Lou Gilman, 83, of Kennebec, SD, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020,
at the Kennebec Methodist Church of Kennebec, SD.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at the Kennebec Gymnasium in Kennebec, SD.
Burial of ashes will take place at the Kennebec Cemetery at Kennebec, SD.
Mary Lou Gilman died Oct. 21, 2020.
Mary Lou Gilman was born Aug. 26, 1937, at Denver, CO, to Velma and Jack Horne.
She spent most of her childhood in central Nebraska and moved to Kennebec, SD, in her teens with her parents to live on a ranch north of town.
On June 25, 1955, Mary Lou was united in marriage to Bill Gilman. The couple lived their entire lives in Lyman County of South Dakota.
During her early years, she was a farm wife and raised her two daughters.
The family moved to town in 1969 where she held numerous jobs, including Gilman Chevrolet, the Lyman County Courthouse, Al’s Oasis and Hutch’s Cafe.
Mary Lou was actively involved in the 4-H program, Busy Bee Club and the United Methodist Women.
She loved being around people and her best days were filled with company. Her special people were “honey girls” and “honey boys.”
Like her Facebook posts, her life WAS ALL CAPS!
Mary Lou and Bill traveled many places but her heart was always home with her girls, grandkids and great grands. She loved going to ball games, music concerts, reading books, camping, fishing, playing with Tibi and going to coffee.
Most days you could find her in her favorite chair, singing to and rocking her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She loved the holidays and her house was always decorated for them all.
Grateful for having shared her life are her daughters, Gaylene Gilman and Syndi Ozanne and husband, Lee; her grandchildren, Randi Hartman and husband, Jeff, Jordi Gauer and husband, Will, Cassi Jorgensen and husband, Nick and Tanner Ozanne and wife, Ashley; eight great grandchildren,
her in-laws outlaws, Ron and Myrna Gilman, Jim and Karen Gilman and Alyce McKay; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Gilman; her parents, Velma and Jack Horne; two infant sisters, grandparents and parents-in-law.
Hickey Funeral Chapel of Chamberlain, SD, will be in charge of arrangements.
The obituary may be seen at www.hickeyfuneralchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, Mary Lou requested memorials be made to your favorite Lyman County charity or organization.