Bev Blackstone

November 2, 1935 - November 8, 2014

Visitation: Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Service: Memorial services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 14 at Canton Lutheran Church.

Beverly (Bev) Blackstone, 79, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Canton, SD. Memorial services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 14 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

      Bev was born November 2, 1935 to Harold and Phyllis (Limmer) Malthesen in Wentworth, SD. She attended school in Wentworth and Madison; graduating from Madison Central High School in 1953. While in school, she participated in many activities and was proud of her involvement in the marching band.  Her family farm in Wentworth also kept her and brothers Darrell and Bud busy.

     After graduation, Bev attended General Beadle State Teachers College in Madison, SD where she obtained her two year teaching certificate. Upon graduation she taught in Lead, SD for one year, then enrolled at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where she attained her Bachelor of Science degree in education. She married Jake Blackstone and moved to Aberdeen, SD, where she taught for a year.  Jake and Bev moved to Sioux Falls for a brief period before settling in Canton, SD in 1962, where they have since resided.

      While in Canton, she was first and foremost a mother, wife and grandmother. She was involved in many groups and activities.  She was a member of the PEO and Palathene Clubs, Bridge Clubs and enjoyed playing Mah Jong with several groups. Bev also substitute taught and eventually became the GED instructor within the Canton Community Education program. Countless individuals obtained their GED under her guidance.

     Bev is survived by her son, Tim (Kalli); daughter, Amy (Jim MacDougall); grandchildren, Josh (Melissa), Jake, and Luke; great grandchildren, Tallen, and  Jase; and several nieces, nephews and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Darrell and Bud; and husband, Jake.

     Bev will truly be missed by the community of Canton; she never missed a school activity or sporting event.  She was always quick to volunteer to help with any function, individual, or activity and always did so with a smile and an encouraging word. It wasn’t uncommon for a student to receive a handwritten note in the mail after an achievement in athletics, school, choir, band, etc. She also voluntarily opened the gym at 7AM for the basketball team to practice their shooting skills and assist them in any way.  Often she would provide the team statistics, which she would patiently note for every game.

     Her love of family, friends, Canton sports, Duke basketball, Dakota Days, Country Apple Orchard, and summertime at Lake Poinsett was obvious to all that knew her.



16 condolences have been left

  1. My deepest sympathy to the family. Growing up, every summer my folks loaded up the car and drove to Wentworth and stayed with Phyllis and Harold- 8 of us. Their family would come to Buckley, Illinois and stay with my folks – Herman and Rose Janssen. What wonderful times we had together. Bev was my age – Darrell and Bud had us riding horses – always fun to be together.
    A number of years ago, Phyllis Henegar and I visited with Bev. Remember them trying to teach me mah jong.
    Over the years, I have many wonderful memories of your mother. She was special!

  2. Amy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. You don’t know me but I wanted you to know that Bev was so very nice to my Mom (Carol Anderson) when they were in P.E.O. together. We know you will miss her and that this is a sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Phyllis Jorgenson

  4. Amy, Tim & Family-
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom! She was a wonderful lady and we enjoyed visiting with her when she would come to Oldham. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

    Condolences from the Jodozi & Molengraaf Families

  5. Tim and Amy….so sorry to hear about your mother. Knowing you two she must have been quite a charactor! Our sincere sympathy is with you and yours…all the best, Todd J.

  6. Tim, and the Family of Bev,
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.

  7. Dear Amy,
    We are very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. we’re very sure she was a delightful, caring, and loving mom.
    We wish you peace and strength at this very difficult time.

    Our hearts and prayers are with you.

    Deepest Sympathy,
    Jeff, Julie, and Will Kesler

  8. many memories of Bev, especially during our years in Pallathene. My sympathy to Bev’s family

  9. A cousin…but really a friend. She was so much fun! She thought we should open a catering business together! She was such a great cook. She loved entertaining the ‘cousins’ and I was just thinking it was time to get together since I was back in town on business. This is so sad! She was a treasured gift to those around her and truly one of God’s gifts as well!

  10. Tim,
    I am sorry to hear about the loss of Bev. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    With sympathy,
    Judy Donahue

  11. Bev was always such a kind and fun neighbor. We lived across the street from her for five years. I enjoyed visiting with her and she often had special treats for my son. Our prayers are with Bev’s family.

  12. Bev Blackstone family—
    You are all in our prayers. We have many fond memories of family, fun, and growing up together. Your mom touched many lives and will continue to shine on in all the wonderful ways share shared with others. All our love, The McMurry’s
    John, Carla, Diane, Brent, and Renee

  13. Bev was a Best Friend, Magnificent Co-Worker and Will be so Missed by Myself and all of the People that loved her so dearly @ the Country Apple Orchard.

  14. Bev will be missed my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Love Nicole Kranz