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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
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Aneita Wilcox

Aneita Mae Wilcox (Fairley)

Tuesday, March 11th, 1930 - Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
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Aneita M. Wilcox passed away December 24, 2019 at the Wakonda Heritage Manor.
Aneita Mae Fairley was born March 11, 1930 in Yankton SD to Wilber and Florence (Burwitz) Fairley. She died Dec 24, 2019 at the age of 89. She was raised on a farm SE of Gayville, SD attended Whitehall Country School and graduated from Gayville High School in 1947.
Aneita married Fred C. Wilcox on March 7, 1953. They moved to their farm southeast of Wakonda where they lived for 64 years. She was a much-loved wife, mother and grandmother. Aneita’s legacy of homemaking lives on through her grandchildren. All of her grandchildren spent time with her on the farm in the summer, learning how to sew a seam, bake cloverleaf rolls, canning goods from her garden, and perfecting the secret to her famous chocolate chip cookies.
Aneita is survived by her husband, Fred, and children James (Doniese), Sioux Falls, SD, Susan (Richard) Bell, West New York, NJ and Keith (Kristi), Farmington, MN. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Brianna (Curtis) Tyler, Hill City, SD, Alyssa (Tim) Jensen, Minneapolis, MN, Jamianne Wilcox (Steve Brown), Sunnyvale, CA; Courtney (Patrick) Daugherty, Minneapolis, MN, and Colin Wilcox, St. Paul, MN; five great grandchildren: Adolph and Konrad Tyler, Devlin Jensen, and Rowan and Harriet Daugherty; one sister, Joann Jensen, Sioux Falls, SD and two sisters-in-law, Irene Fairley, Gayville, SD and Colette Wilcox, LeMars, IA.
In the fall of 1947, Aneita attended Southern State Teachers College at Springfield, SD for a one-year teacher’s course, which entitled the student to teach in a rural school in SD. She taught in the Bruget Rural School District #40 in Yankton County for two years. She continued her education by attending summer school and taking extension courses there until she had a state certificate, which allowed a person to teach in the elementary schools in South Dakota. She taught second grades in Wagner and Yankton, SD.
In 1973 she earned a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of South Dakota. She pioneered speech therapy programs in the Wakonda, Centerville and Gayville-Volin Schools and continued to work there for 21 years. She was Coordinator of Speech Language Therapy Services for the Southeast Area Cooperative Schools from 1987- 1994 when she retired.
Aneita held a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Association and a life membership in the South Dakota Speech Language Association, receiving the honors of Outstanding State Speech Language Pathologist and Honors of the Association. She served two different terms as Secretary/ Treasurer of the State Association.
Aneita was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Gayville and Wakonda. She was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the United Methodist Women, the church circles and served on the Church Board. She was leader of the Green Clover Girls 4-H Club from 1970-1984.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers James in infancy and William.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    United Methodist Church
    205 Kansas Street
    WAKONDA, SD 57073
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  • Service

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 2:00pm
    United Methodist Church
    205 Kansas Street
    WAKONDA, SD 57073
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    Pastor Judy Sayler
  • Interment

    Mission Hill Cemetery
    Intersect of 3rd street & 446th Avenue
    MISSION HILL, SD 57046
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Deb Wilcox

Posted at 08:51pm
I remember so many memories of my Aunt Aneita. Our families always celebrated birthdays and holidays when I was growing up. Aneita and Fred sent me birthday cards and Christmas cards throughout my life after I moved to Arizona when I was 18. We were able to spend time together for family gatherings when I would be visiting family in Iowa. My thoughts are with Fred, Jim, Susan and Keith....with Love, Deb Wilcox

Richard Hanson

Posted at 05:57pm
Aneita was my grade school teacher at Bruget # 40 for 2 years. I had not thought of Miss Fairley lo these many years.Sorry to learn of her passing. I also went to high school with her brother Bill and sister Joann at Gayville Hi.I also saw Collette Wilcox who was a classmate at Bruget school was a sister-inlaw. Lots of OLD connections. God bless Aneita's memory and family.
Respectfully,Richard(Dick) Hanson.Walla Walla,Wa.

Kathy Krush

Posted at 11:39am
So sorry to hear of Aneita's passing. How lucky I was to be a neighbor, friend of Susan's and member of the Green Clovers. She was so sweet and had a way of leading and teaching in a very soft way that made you listen very closely. I will be thinking of you and hoping the next few day are full of memories and recognition of a life well lived.

Lisa Jensen

Posted at 09:18am
I first met Aneita when I was in elementary school. I always hoped when she did her screening she would find something wrong with my speech or reading ability. The kids she worked with loved her and always shared stories.
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to be neighbors to Aneita and my children have great memories of visits with her and Fred. They loved to ride their bikes there to help pick cherries and green beans from her garden or to just visit. Their home was always a favorite place to trick or treat at and to share homemade Christmas goodies. Aneita was an inspiration as she walked many miles on our gravel road and it was fun for the kids to catch her and wave at her.
Our visits were spent catching up on our families. She would always talk about her grandkids and nieces and nephews and what they were up to. On special occasions she would bring over a pan of caramel rolls or cinnamon twists and they didn’t last long. She made the best and they just melted in your mouth.
We will miss her!
Wishing her family peace as they cherish their memories.
Lisa Jensen


Pam Jensen Ellis

Posted at 08:09pm
My Aunt “Neeta” was ... just the best.
She would often greet us at our car, after we pulled in the driveway, with a BIG hug which warmed our hearts to the core. She really was Wonder Woman. She solved many of our 4-H troubles long distance! “Tummy Fillers” was my first demonstration as an 8 year old & all HER creation. Easy peanut butter balls coated in powdered sugar became my first purple ribbon at both County & State fairs. She concocted the title & all the verbiage for me to memorize. Oh... I’ll miss her dearly!

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