Marcella ‘Sally’ Bushfield

Posted July 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Marcella Bushfield, or Sally, as her friends and family called her, died Sunday, June 23 in Sun City, Ariz. at 91 years.  

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She was born March 15, 1922, to John and Louisa Schaefers of the Polo, S.D. area.  She attended St. Liborius Catholic Grade School and Fairview High School. She started working in the Hand County Courthouse in Miller and went on to become a teller in the First National Bank of Miller.

In the fall of 1943, during WW II, Sally decided to go to California where she found a job in the laboratory of Texas Oil Refinery. While in Long Beach, Calif., Marcella attended college part time. She married Harlan Bushfield from Miller, December 1,1945, in Long Beach, Calif., when WW II ended and he was discharged. They went to Washington, D.C. where Harlan’s father was a U.S. Senator from South Dakota.  After working there for a short time, they moved to New Jersey and Harlan did graduate work in agricultural business.

They returned to Miller, S.D., where they bought land to begin a farming/ranching career, and later Harlan entered insurance and banking.

They had five children who all graduated from Miller High School and attended the University of South Dakota. With five active children growing up in Miller, Sally spent much of her time as Den Mother for Cub Scouts, Brownie Scout Leader or 4-H leader.  She was active in St. Ann’s Catholic Church as President of the Altar Society, and also was Principal of the C.C.D.

She was in PEO in Miller for over 30 years and was also instrumental in the annual selection of a Hand County girl for a scholarship program through PEO.

Harlan and Sally retired to Sun City, Ariz. in 1986 and became full time residents there in 1999.  Sally kept busy in their retirement with their five children, 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She enjoyed many friendships with their South Dakota and Arizona friends, golf with friends and family, activities in their church and membership at Union Hills Country Club in Sun City.

She is loved by all who knew her, especially by her family.  She is survived by her husband, Harlan “Huck” of Sun City, Ariz.; her son, Bob Bushfield (Suzanne), Sioux Falls, SD and Peoria, Ariz.; daughters, Debbie Windemiller (Skip) of Hampton Beach, N.H., Sherry Assmus (Tom) of Littleton, Colo., Jan (Curt) Liedtke of Sturgis, SD, Lynn (Jeff) Marso of Sun Valley, Calif. She is also survived by her siblings, Kay Martinmaas of Miller and Jack (JoAnn) Schaefers of Orient/Polo, as well as 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Genevieve Locke and Dorine Venjohn.

A memorial Mass will be held September 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Miller, S.D. Memorial donations will be given to the Catholic education program at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller. Please visit to share memories and leave condolences for the family.

(Paid Obituary)