Ethel Marie Whitcher: 1953-2016
Ethel Marie Whitcher, 63, Scenic, South Dakota, passed from this world Sept. 28, 2016.
Ethel and her twin Elsie were born Feb. 10, 1953 in Kadoka, to Gilbert and Lucile (Stratton) Peck. Ethel and Elsie were the youngest of 10 children.
Ethel spent her early life on the family ranch on Corn Creek near Norris, South Dakota. She moved with her family to Wyoming in 1968. In 1970, she married Guy Faris and two wonderful daughters, Shonda and Stacy, were born to this union. They made their home in Wheatland, Wyoming. In 1995, they moved back to South Dakota and began ranching near Scenic on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
In 1998, Ethel met the love of her life, Jim Whitcher. Together, they built a successful cow/calf ranching operation and cutting horse business. They have raised and trained many award winning cutting and performance horses.
Ethel was a beautiful, wonderful, special, faith-filled mother, wife, sister and grandmother. She cared deeply about those close to her and nearly every acquaintance. She was always cheering others on – whether in the cutting arena or at barrel racings or in the arena of life. It’s hard to put in words how special she was. To quote one of Jim and Ethel friends, “Ethel was in the top ten of special women.”
Ethel was a hand on the ranch. She could sort and round up cattle as good as any man or woman. She always under-rated herself, but according to the many people who purchased her barrel horses, they were trained “right.”
She was also a hand in the kitchen. She would ride all morning and then come in the house and lay out an incredible meal. She was a counselor to many; especially to her daughters Shonda and Stacy who she loved and lived for. As a grandmother, there was no equal.
She is survived by so many that loved her and none more than her husband; Jim; daughters, Shonda (Tyler) Boyd, Wheatland, and Stacy Faris, Hermosa; stepchildren, James Whitcher, Vermillion, South Dakota, Tyrell Whitcher, San Diego, California, Justus Whitcher, Athens, Texas, Jayla Whitcher, Athens, Texas; grandchildren: Briston, Easton, Prestin, Jostin Boyd, Taf and Parker Hines, Jace Whitcher and Odin Whitcher; sisters, Bonnie Portwood, Wheatland, Billie Jo (Tony) Larvie, Riverton, Wyoming, Cathy Peck, Rapid City, Elsie (Jim) Meeks, Interior, South Dakota; brothers, Neil (Sherry) Peck, Martin, South Dakota, Clinton (Olivia) Peck, Rapid City, Louie (Donna) Peck, Wayne City, Illinois; and many numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, Gil and Lucile Peck; brothers, Darrel and Bobby Peck.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. at the Interior Volunteer Fire Department.
Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Interior Fire Department with Pastor Dave Morrison officiating.
Family and friends may sign Ethel’s guestbook at Kirk Funeral Home.
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