Gladys Babcock


HOT SPRINGS | Gladys Babcock, 84, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Hot Springs.

Gladys was born on Sept. 27, 1933, near Pierz, MN, to Vernon and Veronika (Krych) Kainz. She was the oldest of seven siblings.

She was married for 65 years to Gordon Babcock. They were married in Wall, SD, on Nov. 11, 1952, and made their home on the family ranch in Creighton, SD. Together they raised their three sons.

Gladys was an active member and leader of the Wall community. She participated in the Methodist Church and was a Pennington County commissioner from 1981 to 1988, she served as a Justice of the Peace and was a member of the Toastmasters for a period of time. She successfully worked statewide on the petition to repeal the SD estate tax in 2001.

She cherished her family and home in Creighton. Gladys loved to paint, sing, was a magnificent cook and was renowned for her flower garden.

Gladys will be sorely missed by her family, friends, and neighbors.

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Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Gordon; sons, Randy, Bradley and James; brother, Kenneth; sisters, Grace, and Vera; grandchildren, Dani and April.

In death, Gladys joins her parents, Vernon and Veronika; brothers, Richard and Dean; and her sister, Gayle.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Pine Hills Assisted Living Home in Hot Springs.

Friends and family may sign her online guestbook and leave written condolences for the family at

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