Mary Loretta Sorenson Wolcott, age 84, of Edgemont SD, passed away on October 8, 2014 at the Castle Manor Nursing Home in Hot Springs, SD.
Mary was born September 2, 1930 in Sturgis, SD, to Christian Martin and Arthela Elizabeth (Carr) Sorenson. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1948, marrying John A. Beehler in September of that same year and to this union 7 children were born. For the next 31, years she was busy raising her family.
In 1975, she married Raymond H. Wolcott. When they retired in 2003, they moved from Edgemont to Rapid City where they enjoyed Black Hills living. After Ray’s passing, she and her dog, Beau, moved back to Edgemont to be near Mary’s many friends and her daughter Janet. In 2014, she moved to Castle Manor due to health issues. Mary’s house was a social hub with the coffee pot always on, a crossword puzzle in the process of being solved, and a good visit at the kitchen table. She was a charter member of Buttons and Bows Club which she remained active in for her entire life, fostering life-long friendships. Mary drove a railroad taxi and waited tables at many local restaurants. She opened an arcade and became mom to many of the kids in town. Mary also wrote and published many country and western songs.
Grandma Mary will be greatly missed by her children, Janet Denny of Edgemont; Dale (Yoni) Beehler of Colorado Springs, CO; Jonilee (Fred) Weibert of Bridgeport, NE; Michael (Chris) Beehler of Custer, SD; Jill (Bill) Kruetzer of Broken Bow, NE; Jeff (LeeAnn) Beehler of Winnemucca, NV; Scott (Kathy) Beehler of Newcastle, WY; sisters, Leona (Fred) Carr of Newcastle WY; Nina (Floyd) bayer of Davenport IA; 19 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, two step-daughters, six step-grandchildren. Special friends are: Jeannie, Carol, Wanda, Olive, and Joyce.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Chris and Thela Sorenson; her brother, Clifford; her two sisters, Evelyn Sorenson and Doreen Scheneman; two step-grandsons, Justin Beehler and Brett Jacobowski; and a granddaughter.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Edgemont, SD.
Funeral service were held Monday, October 13, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Edgemont, SD, with Rev. Tom Peacock officiating. Interment was at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.