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Carol Peden

SAN ANTONIO, Texas | Carol Louise Gilkerson Peden, 88, passed away peacefully Jan. 10, 2018, in San Antonio. She was born Oct. 31, 1929, in Armour, SD, the fourth child of David and Eva Hansen Gilkerson. After graduating from Brookings High School in 1947 and South Dakota State University in 1951. she married Wendell Peden of Gary, SD, in 1952. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last June.

Carol and Wendell moved to Milbank, SD, where Wendell was a practicing veterinarian. While in Milbank, Carol raised her four children and participated in service clubs through church and the community. In 1974, the family moved to Brookings, then to Rapid City in 1977 and, after a few years as snowbirds, to San Antonio in 2000.

Even though Carol spent 50 years in a wheelchair as a result of MS, she was faithfully involved in her church and her community. Wendell and Carol spent their early retirement years traveling to visit friends, attending veterinary meetings, and seeing the country.

Carol had a kind, loving spirit. Her perseverance in the face of adversity was inspirational to all who knew her. Her philosophy to “choose happiness” carried her through life, mitigating life’s challenges and extending its joys.

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She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Dorothy; and her brother, David Lee Gilkerson Jr. She is survived by her husband; her sisters, Laura Searls, Jane Cheever, and Peggy (John) Heywood; her children, W. Michael (Merna) of Evansville, IN, Pamela Kittrell of San Antonio, Kathryn (Theodore) Blaisdell of South Hadley, MA, and Cynthia (Richard Flaming) DeJong of Wyckoff, NJ; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Jan. 22, at Christ Episcopal Church, 510 Belknap Place, San Antonio. Interment will be in August 2018 at the Grand View Cemetery in Gary, SD.

Memorial donations may be made to the National MS Society ( or Christ Episcopal Church (

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