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In memory of

Nyla Ghering

of Chehalis, Washington, formerly of Wall, South Dakota, died on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Providence Centralia in Washington at the age of 81

Nyla Kay Ghering was born March 20, 1937, in DeSmet, South Dakota to Evelyn Ruth (Revel) and Herman Arthur Lewis Jacob. She grew up in the Shelton area, where her father worked in the Bremerton Shipyards. She attended elementary school there and most enjoyed twirling her baton and playing the clarinet with her school band. Nyla graduated from High School in DeSmet in 1955.

Nyla was united in marriage to Roger Lewis Johnson on July 1,1955, in DeSmet. To this union was born six children. She was later united in marriage to Raymond Ghering on November 20, 1973, in Wall. To this union was born a son. Nyla lived nearly all her adult life in South Dakota, working as a restaurant cook/chef, lastly in Wall, working at the Cactus Café for many years and then for the Wall Drug Store. Her last place of employment was with Gold Diggers Jewelry Store, as the manager. She loved retail, jewelry and people. During her spare time, while in Wall, she was a volunteer with the Wall Ambulance Department as an EMT, for nearly 10 years. She was very proud of this accomplishment as she began this adventure at the age of 60 and continued until her family moved her to Rapid City, South Dakota to be near them.

In October of 2009, Nyla's daughters, Debra and Dawn, moved her to Chehalis, Washington, where she resided for the following ten years. Nyla loved doing her crafts when she had time for herself and was always cooking for someone, not ever wanting anyone to be hungry. She was always doing for others, even in her later years while living at the Vintage Apartments in Chehalis. While at the Vintage, she was a "Night Time Watch Angel" who went around in the evenings to check on people and to make sure the building doors were locked and secured for the night. She also helped with the food pantry within her apartment as well as putting together boxes of food for residents when food was delivered monthly from the local food bank. Very fitting that she enjoyed doing this for her friends there. She was most noted for her "baked beans" which she would make and bring to their pot luck events.

Nyla leaves behind six of her seven children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren: Debra (Clifford) Welsh of Centralia, WA; four grandchildren; Jason (Jennifer) Welsh and great granddaughter Carley, Heather (Michael) Madden and great-grandtwins Jack and Ruth, Haylee (Tyler) Bruce and great granddaughter Pepper and her little baby sister due to arrive in early June, and Walter Tyson Welsh. Richard (Tracey Feldman) Johnson of Box Elder, South Dakota; two grandchildren; Angela (Dale) Muller and great-grandchildren Alyssa, Taynnen, Makaeyla, Shauna and Gabriella; two step-grandchildren of Dale's, Zoe and Xavier, Roger Johnson with great grandson Cole and step-granddaughter Deika Seely. Dawn Johnson of Kingsburg, CA; three grandchildren; Seth Johnson and great granddaughter Kaila and step-great grandson Brennan, Zachary (Rachel) Lyons and Casey Lyons. Derwin Johnson of Witchita, Kansas; four grandchildren; Amber (Dylon) Hubert and great granddaughter Olivia, Trent (Jenae) Johnson and twin grandsons, Jacob Johnson and Quinton Johnson. Denise (Cory) Kranhold of Sisseton, South Dakota; three grandchildren; Katlyn (Ross) Torgerson and great grandson Deklah, Ethan Kranhold and Andrew Kranhold. David (Tiffany) Ghering of Box Elder, South Dakota; three grandchildren; Noah Ghering, Emma Ghering and Elias Ghering. Nyla also leaves behind her sister, Lynda (Ralph) Broderson of DeSmet, South Dakota, and her brother, Paul (Brenda) Jacob of Sheridan, Wyoming; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her second husband, Raymond Ghering, Nyla was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Johnson.

Nyla died on February 21, 2019, at Providence Centralia, at the age of 81, with loving people by her side.

Visitation in Washington state took place from 4-5 p.m. on February 28th, at Sticklin Funeral Chapel in Centralia. A vigil rosary was said at the commons in the Vintage Apartments in Chehalis, Washington, on Monday, March 4th, with a reception to follow at the same location.

Mass of Christian burial for Nyla will be held on July 11, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, South Dakota, where she was a member. Interment will follow at the Wall Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send any Memorial Donations for Nyla K. Ghering to the Wall Ambulance Department, 210 2nd Ave, Wall, SD 57790, where she volunteered as an EMT.

Visitation in Washington state took place from 4-5 p.m. on February 28th, at Sticklin Funeral Chapel in Centralia. A vigil rosary was said at the commons in the Vintage Apartments in Chehalis, Washington, on Monday, March 4th, with a reception to follow at the same location.

Mass of Christian burial for Nyla will be held on July 11, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, South Dakota, where she was a member. Interment will follow at the Wall Cemetery.

  • Nyla was a very giving person and I enjoyed her spirit. She was a hard worker and I sure did miss seeing her after she left Wall. Love, Kiya ~ Kiya Kelly Yellowstone (3/12/2019)