Mavis Jeppesen 1935-2013

Posted October 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Mavis Jeppesen 1935-2013

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Mavis Jeppesen, age 78, of Wall, S.D., died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Wall Community Center, with the Rev. David Olson officiating. Interment was at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
 A memorial has been established.

Mavis Darlene Curl was born February 26, 1935, in Wessington Springs, S.D., to Charles and Ruby (Monroe) Curl. She grew up in that area and graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1953. She attended Wessington Springs Junior College, Black Hills State College in Spearfish, Huron College and Aberdeen College.

Mavis married Otis M. Parmely on December 18, 1954 in Miller, S.D., and to this union two daughters were born, Kathy Jean and Skyla Darlene. They made their home on a farm near Miller.

Due to her health, she later moved to Phoenix, Ariz. where she worked with remedial reading for disturbed boys for a number of years, before attending St. Joseph School of Nursing in Phoenix, where she graduated as a LPN.

Mavis moved back to the Miller area, due to the death of her father. She taught seven years of elementary school in the Miller area. She later moved to the Sturgis area where she worked as a nurse for 26 years in New Castle, Wyo., Sturgis, Custer and Hot Springs. 

Mavis married Robert P. Harn Sr. on June 15, 1974 in Hot Springs. They made their home in Hot Springs. Mavis was active in the Assembly of God Church. Her husband died in 2003.

Mavis later met Milton Ray “Bud” Jeppesen on the Internet, and they were married on May 23, 2009. They made their home in Wall, where they attended the Methodist Church in Wasta.

Mavis enjoyed sewing, home decorating, and also made Christmas for 12 different families. She loved to cook and refinish furniture.

Survivors include her husband Bud Jeppesen of Wall; two daughters Kathy Jean Salu-Christophers (David) of Bakersfield, Calif., and Skyla Darlene Vorhes (Dave) of Chambersburg, Pa.; six step-children; four grandchildren; 21 step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 25 step-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Mavis was preceded in death by her second husband Robert P. Harn, Sr.; her parents; a sister Leta Yost; a brother Ronald Curl; and daughter-in-law Kate Harn.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. Her online guestbook is available at