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Funeral services will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 3:00 PM (Mountain).

Presbyterian Church
Kadoka, South Dakota

Kadoka Cemetery
Kadoka, South Dakota
Visitation will be held one hour preceding the services at the church.

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In memory of

Cindy Wilmarth

of Wall, formerly of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Monument Health in Rapid City at the age of 71

Cynthia Ann Marvin was born in Huron SD on Feb 21, 1950 to Merle and Esther Marvin. Cindy grew up in Huron with one sister Cathy and brother Paul. She graduated from Huron High School in 1968. Shortly after high school she married and from this union she had her first daughter Tammy Adele in 1969. They lived in Nebraska for a short time. She went through some hard times and with the loss of her dad Merle, her and Tammy made the move back to SD. While living in Sioux Falls she met the love of her life Ken Wilmarth. They were united in marriage June 3, 1972 after which they made their home in Kadoka SD. She and Ken had two daughters Tricia Ann in 1973 and Terri Dawn in 1975. Ken and Cindy had the opportunity to become managers of the Best Western H&H El Centro motel and restaurant. Eventually purchasing the business from Vernon and Helen Uhlir and Earl and Alice Wilmarth. They lived in Kadoka until their retirement in 2018 when they moved to Wall SD.

Cindy was a very hard worker. She enjoyed employing and mentoring many young people throughout the years. She balanced her work life with being involved in Jayceettes, KCBA, Booster Club, the Inn Keepers Association, American Legion Auxiliary, KPW, and Presbyterian funeral committee for many years.

Cindy’s hobbies included bowling, craft club, scrapbooking, gardening, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, shopping for antiques and spending time with the Wall Drug coffee ladies.

Cindy’s pride and joy in her life was her husband of 49 wonderful years, her 2 daughters, her 5 grandchildren and their spouses and her 1 most precious great grandchild. Her most cherished memories are of family vacations, holidays, birthdays, and all of her grandchildren’s events. She also had a love for animals especially Yorkshire dogs.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Ken of Wall; two daughters Tammy Merchen and her husband Tim of Norris and Tricia Amiotte of Wall; five grandchildren: Ty (Val) Merchen of Norris, Taylor (Kevin) Coy of Chadron Nebraska, and Bridger, Cedar, and Younger Amiotte of Wall; one great-grandson Tre Coy; her mother Esther Ritchhart of Sioux Falls; one sister Cathy Marvin of Sioux Falls, one brother Paul (Sara) Marvin of Sioux Falls; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cindy was preceded in death by a daughter at birth Terri Dawn; her father Merle Marvin; and her step-father Abe Ritchhart.

Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 337 Wall, SD 57790.

Visitation will be held one hour preceding the services at the church.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 9, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Jesse Taylor officiating.

Interment will be at the Kadoka Cemetery.

Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 3:00 p.m.
Presbyterian Church
Kadoka, South Dakota

Pastor Jesse Taylor

Molly McKeehan - Pianist
Kate McKeehan - Vocalist
“Remember Me”
Congregational Hymn
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

Tim Merchen - Daryl Dartt

All of Cindy’s Grandchildren and their Spouses

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Kadoka Cemetery
Kadoka, South Dakota

  • Tammy. I'm so very sorry. I always loved working together with your mom and mine Wilma Carleton. Praying for you and your family ~ Sandi Luisi Black Hawk, SD (10/13/2021)
  • I was so sorry to hear of this news. I have many fond memories of working with Cindy at the H&H El Centro Motel during my high school years, and babysitting for Cindy and Kenny. My thoughts and prayers go out to Cindy's family. ~ Roberta Coller Kendall, WI (10/10/2021)
  • I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Cindy. My thoughts are with Uncle Kenny, Tammy, Tricia, and their families on this difficult day and always. ~ Kim Smyth Charlottesville, VA (10/9/2021)
  • Ken & Family - sorry to hear Cindy has passed away. Remember all the good times we had together. Our prayers are with you. Love to all of you . ~ Carol Iwan Gillette, WY (10/9/2021)
  • So very sorry for your loss, she was such a kind lady & I always enjoyed visiting with her. ~ Cindy Nuzum Wall SD (10/8/2021)
  • Tammy and family, so sorry to hear about Cindy. Always enjoyed our quick little visits with her---our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. ~ Justin and Joyce Wheeler Philip, SD (10/7/2021)
  • I am sorry to hear that cindy has passed away. Remembering so many good times with cindy and ken at all the Best Western meetings and going to the SD governor's conf on tourism. Sincere sympathy to ken and your families.
    Marlene and mike kurle ( former Mgrs. Best Western Grahams. Murdo)
    ~ Marlene Kurle Rapid city, (10/6/2021)
  • Tammy and family, so very sorry for your loss. Caring thoughts and heartfelt prayers headed your way. May she rest in peace. ~ Margo R. Kadoka (10/6/2021)
  • Wilmarths, I am so sorry to hear about Cindy. I have so many good and fun memories from the H and H motel and when I babysat the girls. So sad. Love to you all. ~ RoseAnn Wendell Pierre (10/6/2021)
  • ~ Valarie Schulz Philip, South Dakota (10/5/2021)
  • So sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained another beautiful soul. ~ Coleen Kayras Sturgis, SD (10/5/2021)
  • RIP Cindy. I will always Remember the dying if the yellow hankies for waving at games. Hugs to all the family. ~ Linda Stilwell Kadoka (10/5/2021)
  • So sorry to hear of Cindys passing our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Curt Anderson and Family Kadoka (10/5/2021)