Funeral services for Marie Maier, age 47, of Morristown, S.D., was held 12:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, January 17, 2014, at the New Hope Worship Center in Lemmon, S.D., with Rev. Gerhardt Juergens officiating. A time of fellowship and refreshments will immediately follow the funeral before travelling to the burial at the Hillside Cemetery in Morristown, SD.
Marie Kay (Neigel) Maier was born to Clarence (Bud) and Helen Neigel on May 2nd, 1966, in Gettysburg, S.D. She grew up in Eagle Butte where she graduated Valedictorian of her class at Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School in May of 1984. She continued her education at Northern State College in Aberdeen graduating with an Associate Degree in May 1986. She immediately began her career at Eide Helmke of Aberdeen and worked until October 1988. Upon her marriage to Dennis, she worked as a legal secretary for the States Attorney office in McIntosh and Lemmon. In November of 1993 she accepted a position as Administrative Assistant for Dacotah Bank in Lemmon until December of 2012. Marie’s pleasant smile and caring personality brought her in contact with many patrons of the bank.
She was united in marriage to Dennis Maier on October 15, 1988, where they made their home on the family ranch south of Morristown. To this union, they were blessed with three children: Kaci (21), Darin (18), and Jordan (14). This past fall, they celebrated 25 incredible, loving years of marriage.
Marie was a member of the Christ Ev. Lutheran Church in Morristown where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was also active in Lemmon Sports Boosters, school activities, helping out with the family trucking business, and the day-to-day ranching operation. In addition, she also was the World’s Greatest Wife and Mother to her family. Her pleasant smile and soft spoken personality made friendships with everyone she met. Along with her smile, her witty nature, crazy jokes, and little pranks always gave people a chuckle and will be missed by all.
Her hobbies and life ambitions were taking care of and spending time with her family. She enjoyed attending the kids’ sporting events, school and church activities, playing cards, and camping/boating at the lake with family and friends. Marie will be greatly missed by Micki, the loving family ranch dog. Marie enjoyed spoiling Micki, who would leave her ranch duties to go meet Marie when she was in sight.
Marie was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer in December of 2012. Throughout her thirteen month courageous battle with cancer she became an inspiration to her family, friends, and all who knew her. She and her loved ones were carried through this difficult trial with their strong faith and love for the Lord. Marie was called to her eternal home in Heaven on Monday, January 13th, 2014, with her husband at her side at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, N.D.
Keeping her close to their hearts are her husband, Dennis and their children, Kaci, Darin, and Jordan Maier, all of Morristown, SD; her mother and father, Bud and Helen Neigel, Eagle Butte, S.D.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Jean Neigel, Rick and Tina Neigel, all of Eagle Butte, S.D.; one sister and brother-in-law, Colette and Kevin VanWell, Watertown, S.D.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carolyn and Larry Hendricks, Bison, S.D., Jim and Nancy Maier, Elgin, ND, and Nancy and Bruce Kappes, Aberdeen, S.D.; mother-in-law, Corrine Maier, Lemmon, S.D.; nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Butch) Taylor, Sara (Chris) VanWhy, Alan and Austin Maier, Scott (Ashley) Neigel, Alissa Neigel, Jeff Neigel, Sterling and Kaylee Kappes and Taylor VanWell; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces, great nephews, relatives and many loved ones.
She was preceded in death by one sister in infancy and one brother in infancy; and her father-in-law, Ray Maier.
A memorial is being established.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a friends and family service at 7:00 p.m. all at the New Hope Worship Center in Lemmon on Thursday, January 16, 2014.