March 7, 1918 - August 18, 2017
Visitation: Visitation, with family present, will be Sunday, August 27 from 5-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.
Service: Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2017 at Lone Rock Lutheran Church, rural Flandreau, SD.
Eleanor Julia Ellefson was born on March 7, 1918 in Benton County, MN to George and Ruby (Haskins) Herbert. She married Richard Ellefson on January 29, 1939. They farmed for 3 years in Pipestone County, MN and moved to the family farm in Lone Rock Township Moody County, SD for nearly 50 years. In 1990 they moved to Canton, SD. Eleanor lived at the Good Samaritan Center in Canton for 2 years. She passed away August 18, 2017 at the age of 99 years, 5 months, and 11 days.
She was a member of the Lone Rock Lutheran Church and Cemetery Association, as well as a Sunday school teacher, active ladies aide member, and church council member. She was also a member of the Senior Citizen Center of Canton, Sons of Norway, and RSVP. Eleanor was an avid quilter and doll collector.
Eleanor is lovingly remembered by her two daughters Ruth Jones (James) of Canton, SD; Bernice Ruiz (Ernest) of Minneapolis, MN; Daughter-in-law June Hunter of Flandreau, SD; three sons Ralph Ellefson (Nancy) of North Branch, MN; James Ellefson (Marge) of Audubon, IA; Douglas Ellefson (LaVon) of Siebert, CO; brother Eugene Herbert of Foreston, MN; 18 Grandchildren; 30 Great Grandchildren; and 10 Great-Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands- Richard Ellefson (1993) and Kenneth Toft (2007); her son, Alvin Ellefson; twin infant sons, Gerald and George; three brothers, Vernon, Gerald, and Donald; and her sister, Joyce.
Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2017 at Lone Rock Lutheran Church, rural Flandreau, SD. Visitation, with family present, will be Sunday, August 27 from 5-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD. Memorials may be directed to the Lone Rock Lutheran Church Historical Society or the Lone Rock Cemetery Association.