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MITCHELL | Ellen Crockett, 90, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at her home at Wesley Acres under hospice care. 

Ellen Crockett, daughter of Ingebrigt and Alma (Nelson) Hegvold, was born April 7, 1926, in Mitchell. She was raised in Mitchell, graduated from Mitchell High School and later Dakota Wesleyan University.

Ellen was united in marriage with Bruce Crockett on Aug. 8, 1949, in Mitchell. She took pride in being a homemaker, wife and mother to five children. Ellen and Bruce raised all their children in Mitchell, which remained their permanent home.

In retirement, Ellen and Bruce spent several winters in Mesa, AZ. They also lived two years in Rapid City at Westhills Village Retirement Community from 2004 to 2006. However, they particularly loved living at Lake Mitchell and hosting children and grandchildren there. Most of her grandchildren would count the Fourth of July at Lake Mitchell as their favorite holiday.

Ellen was an avid reader. She liked to garden and enjoyed bird watching. Although a very private person, she enjoyed a good cup of coffee and conversations with friends and family. She loved and supported each one of her children, their spouses and her grandchildren.

She loved to laugh, especially when she could get a reaction out of someone. She will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor.

She was a member of First Baptist Church and later First Reformed Church in Mitchell.

Grateful for having shared her life are her five children: Barbara (Steve) Doshier, Rapid City, Rex (Mary Liz) Crockett, Mitchell, Paul (Luanne) Crockett, Camarillo, CA, Mary (Jon) Krall, Burnsville, MN, and Janet (Gregg) Bleeker, Mitchell; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; as well as her wonderful caregivers, Christine Thorton, Mary Klentz and Lorrie Williams; and her caregivers at Avera Queen of Peace Hospice.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Crockett; her parents; four brothers, Selmer, Sidney, Art and Norman Hegvold; and three sisters, Esther Hart, Florence Streetman and Ardis Zarneke.

Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, March 25, at the Will Funeral Chapel, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery. 

Memorials may be directed to Wesley Acres.

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