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Gladys Babcock did much for area

Recently, South Dakota lost a person that made a difference in the lives of so many. Gladys Babcock, from the tiny town of Creighton, who some would call “just a farm wife" was so much more. The mother of three sons was also one who helped all her neighbors and was always first to tend to the needs of people in her area.

She ran for public office and was elected to the Pennington County Commission. She served three terms and was also elected chairman of the board. During her tenure, the federal government decided that we had to have a better jail facility and she was there to help start the process. I am privileged to have served with Gladys on the Pennington County Commission. Most notable for South Dakotans was her great effort in getting an amendment on the ballot to abolish the estate tax in South Dakota. Gladys understood that people who worked hard didn't want to be taxed twice. Also while on the commission, she made many trips to Pierre to lend her good advice and expertise on legislation benefiting our area. Gladys received the Good Neighbor award for her area and served as a magistrate judge in Wall after retiring from the county commission.

lt's a very long drive for the elderly to travel from the Creighton/Wall area to Hot Springs to attend a memorial, but come they did to pay their respects. Such a tribute is truly telling and noteworthy. My husband and I have traveled many places with Gordon and Gladys as she was always interested in how other people lived. Gladys and her husband, Gordon, traveled to Africa, Mexico, Hawaii and many other places in the United States. She fully understood the greatness of being an American citizen.

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This wonderful lady accomplished so much more with her sense of fairness and concern for others. Above all else, I feel privileged to call this accomplished woman my friend.

Shirley Alexander

Rapid City

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