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In memory of

Verda Anderson

of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at her home in Kadoka at the age of 74

Verda L. Pinney was born July 4, 1946, in Wanblee, South Dakota, the daughter of Price and Mildred (Morsett) Pinney. She grew up in Wanblee and began her elementary education, until the family moved west of Kadoka in 1954. She continued her education in Kadoka, graduating from Kadoka High School in 1965. In 1966 she moved to Minneapolis to attend dental technician school at Professional Business Institute.

Verda was united in marriage to Robert L. Anderson on June 24, 1967 in Pierre, South Dakota, and to this union were born two sons, Robert Louis Anderson, Jr. and Curt Anderson. They lived in various places as Robert worked road construction. In 1972, they moved to Big Stone City, South Dakota, before moving to his family’s farm northwest of Gann Valley in 1974. In 1982, she moved back to Kadoka, where she worked several jobs including cooking for Kadoka Meals at the senior citizens center. In 1995, she became a foster parent, along with Curt and they fell in love with and adopted three children, Bobby, Chris, and Misti. In 1996, she returned to college and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in teaching. She taught in various places on the reservation before retiring in 2008. After retiring, she continued to make her home in Kadoka, where she volunteered her time at NAHA, with Jerome and Theresa High Horse. She also enjoyed spending time at home with her great-grandchildren, Gracie and Braxton.

Survivors include her son Curtis Anderson of Kadoka; three grandchildren Chris, Misti, and Bobby Anderson; two great-grandchildren Gracie Lynn and Braxton Lee Anderson; her brother Terry Pinney and his wife Karen of Philip; step-sister Bernadine Sitting Holy of Wanblee; and other step-siblings, relatives, and friends.

Verda was preceded in death by her son Robert Louis; her parents; four sisters: Joanne Carpenter, Barb Eisenbraun, Fern Tuttle, and Mae Leikam; two brothers Dick and Bud Pinney; two sisters-in-law Norma Moser and Virginia Kelsey; two brothers-in-law Joe Kelsey and Fudder Moser; and a special friend Max Wagoner.

Cards and memorials may be sent to 825 SD Hwy. 73 Kadoka, SD 57543.

Cremation will take place and a public celebration of life service will be held in the summer of 2021.

Cremation will take place and a public celebration of life service will be held in the summer of 2021.

  • So sorry for your loss. Verda was an awesome lady!! ~ Steph Carlon (10/12/2020)
  • Condolences from our family to yours ~ Harris Eisenbraun box 455 (10/11/2020)
  • Curtis, we are so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I will always have fond memories of Verda. We were classmates and had many good times together. Some of the fondest were taking mechanical drawing class together. Verda had a big smile and a big heart to go with it. You made her so proud! ~ Roxy Richardson Long Valley, SD (10/9/2020)
  • Very sorry for your loss, Curtis and family. Sending prayers. ~ Bruce and Lila Whidby (10/8/2020)
  • Curt I am so sorry to her about your mom. She was a great woman and friend. ~ Julie Koester Mandan Nd (10/8/2020)
  • Curt, I am thinking about you and your family! Sorry for your loss. She was one spunky lady! ~ Reynold Loecker Yankton,SD (10/8/2020)
  • Curtis & family, we are so sorry to for your loss of your mom. She was a hard worker & great person. Thinking of you all... ~ Laurel Hildebrand Kadoka (10/7/2020)
  • So sorry for your loss Curtis! Verda and I had fun working at various jobs together! ~ Sharri Pettyjohn Kadoka, SD (10/7/2020)
  • ~ Sharel Spears Wickenburg, Arizona (10/7/2020)
  • Curt & family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Verda's family. Nicki ~ Nicki (Ireland) Nelson Midland (10/7/2020)
  • Curtis and family, so very sorry for your loss. ~ Deborah Olney Kadoka, SD (10/7/2020)
  • Sending prayers to the families Of Verda Pinney. Sincerely Suzanne Livermont Stathem, James A. Livermont Jr. and family. ~ Suzanne Livermont Stathem Rapid City, So. Dak. (10/7/2020)
  • So sorry to hear of Verda's passing. She will be missed by all who knew her.
    ~ Ellie Bettelyoun MARTIN (10/7/2020)