Mary Slovek

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, January 16, 2024
at Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 91

Mary was born on November 9, 1932 in Manderson, South Dakota to Helen and Bill Parsons. The family moved to Hardingrove where she attended grade school and then off to high school in Rapid City. Mary rode the train from Philip to Rapid City to attend school. She graduated from Philip High School and then attended Black Hills Teachers College and taught country school. Mary told many stories about enduring the terrible blizzard of 1949 during her high school years.

Mary met the love of her life at a roller skating rink. The tall, handsome, dark- haired man was Frank Slovek. They were married on June 8, 1952. To this union six children were born.

They bought the Dorothy and Ray Smith place and started their married life on the ranch. Mary was very involved with the ranch and her community. Mary was a sports enthusiast; baseball and bull riding were her favorites. Mary and Frank loved to travel together and went on many wonderful trips: once to Hawaii, Branson, Missouri, the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City and traveled to Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, a couple of times with friends.

Mary and Frank had roller skates and enjoyed skating Sunday afternoons in Philip. She even had her own snowmobile and skies. As the kids were growing up, Sunday afternoons were filled with numerous kids around loving the cinnamon rolls she would make for them.

Mary was a faithful member of The Evangelical Free Church, teaching Release Time, Sunday School and Bible School. She enjoyed the many gatherings after church on Sundays. She also operated a dress shop, The Fashion Shoppe, in Philip for many years in the 70’s.

Her married life was sadly shortened when Frank had a heart attack and left her a widow at 53. She continued to live on the ranch until she was 70 years old. During that time she spent many winters in Sun City, AZ. She moved to the Black Hills for a few years and then finally returned to Philip.

Mary loved a good card game and going to Hill City during the Motorcycle Rally. She would sit out front of her daughter’s store looking at all the beautiful motorcycles and visiting with the bikers. Once she was even given a ride on a Harley.

Her family called her the Energizer Bunny. She lived in her own home and even mowed her own yard up to the very end. On December 4, 2023 she found out she had cancer. Mary’s last big joy was Christmas surrounded by all of her family.

Mary is survived by her children, Judy Walker of Custer, Carol Slovek of Philip, Julie McQuirk of Rapid City, Scott (Greg) Boehm-Slovek of Crab Orchard, TN, Paul Slovek of Philip, and Dwight (Marie) Slovek of Philip; numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; sisters, Doris Berry of Philip, Leah (James) Waddell of Phoenix, AZ, brother, Bill (Connie) Parsons of Milesville; sister-in-law Joanne Parsons of Rapid City, sister-in-law Janice Parsons of Milesville; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; granddaughters, Alicia McQuirk and Chris Poper; sons-in-law Ralph McQuirk, and Larry Walker; and brothers, Dean, Boyd and Bart Parsons.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established locally.

Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 19, at the American Legion Hall in Philip.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 20, at the American Legion Hall in Philip.

Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Service Details

Friday, January 19, 2024 - 5-7 p.m.
American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota

Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 1:30 p.m.
American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota

Pastor Ron Stradinger
Deacon Lloyd Frein
Pastor Robert Brooks

Marianne Frein - Pianist
Shelby Hanson - Vocalist
"Amazing Grace"
"My Way"

Lisa Hofer - Donette Gregg

Pat Fosheim - Kalvin Eisenbraun
Tyler Cowing - Tayte Clark

Levi Buchert - Elliot McQuirk - Casey Slovek
Kash Slovek - Ryan Poper - Rory Wendt
Kasey Schuelke - Jarod Soukup

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Established Locally

Guest Book

So sad to read this. Mary was such a spunky, beautiful lady. Our sympathy to all of Mary's family.
   ~ Jolene and Don Haynes Philip SD (1/18/2024)
I’m so very sorry for the loss of your mom, what a beautiful lady she was! I remember her from when you had your dress shop Judy, she was always so kind. Lifting your entire family up in prayer.
   ~ Cindy (Gabriel) Nuzum Wall, SD (1/19/2024)
Mary was quite a lady, she will be missed by many. We are thinking of all you folks during this difficult time. Hold on to all the memories.
   ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (1/18/2024)
Mary was a very special, classy lady with the most beautiful smile. Many memories were made with Mary that always make me smile, memories that I will always cherish. Please know we care.
   ~ Roxy and Ray Formanek Philip (1/18/2024)
She was instrumental part of my life, as a mentor of what living a Christian life meant. She will be greatly missed by everyone who met her.
   ~ Robert Ray Brooks Huron, SD (1/20/2024)
Miss Mary was such a classy lady. So sorry to all the family who will have to navigate life without this wonderful woman. Prayers to all of you.

   ~ Katherine Harris Hendricks, MN (1/21/2024)
So sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. Mary one of the kindest ladies I know. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
   ~ Wanda Moses Fairmont, NE (1/19/2024)
Sympathy to the family. Mary enjoyed life, had a great time wherever she went. May you memories ease your pain and bring you peace.
   ~ Marsha Sumpter Kadoka (1/18/2024)
I’m so very sorry for your loss! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!
   ~ Dianne Hellekson Faith (1/19/2024)
Mary was a great lady. She was a role model and always cheerful. My condolences to her family and friends.
   ~ Chuck Maycroft Grand Island Nebraska (1/18/2024)
I'm sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her. My sympathy to all.
   ~ Elaine Staben Bozeman, MT (1/18/2024)
So sorry for loss. Hugs and prayers!
   ~ Bonnie Fitzgerald Philip,SD (1/18/2024)
So sorry for your loss. Mary was a very special lady with a great smile. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
   ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler 2130 Ellen St (1/18/2024)
So sorry for your loss. Many memories of her while growing up & our families visiting. Rest in peace dear one.
   ~ Connie Clements Richards Dyersville IA (1/17/2024)


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