Marian Truman

October 16, 2018


Service: Her Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton.

     Marian Mae Truman, 87, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Dougherty Hospice House. Nearing her 6-month cancer-free checkup, this sweet lady succumbed to a sudden stroke which occurred at home. Her Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 19, at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton, SD.

     Marian was born February 10, 1931, on a cold sunny day near Hamill, SD to Albert and Onalee (House) Larsen. With a midwife present, Marian was delivered at home. This was a time of no rain, no money, few crops, many grasshoppers and lots of love. Marian always said about her childhood, “I didn’t ever feel poor, as everyone else was in the same boat. My grade school years were spent walking to Lingren School. Brother Dean and I would stop at Aunt Annie’s to warm up. As we got older we often rode horses. High school was split between Winner and Chamberlain.”

      Marian was married January 1, 1948. This union produced five children: Don (Brenda) Cleland, Edmond, OK; Corene (Alan) Chapman, Aberdeen, SD; Karen (Don) Thompson, Great Falls, MT; Nancy (Donn) DeBoer, Chamberlain, SD and Calvin Cleland, Elgin, OK.

     Marian married Elwood “Woody” Truman November 15, 1974. Marian’s family increased by four step-children: Bob (Renae) Truman, Rapid City, SD; Debbie (Larry) Muller, Beresford, SD; Jim Truman, (deceased) and Bill (Suze) Truman, Harrisburg, SD.

      Marian and Woody enjoyed living on an acreage near Newton Hills State Park. This was a beautiful place for 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren to gather and just hang out.

      Though Marian worked briefly, being a wife and mother was her joy in life. You wouldn’t find her far from church, her kitchen, her gardens or her cat, Sox.

     Marian was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Dean Larsen, one great grandson, Espyn DeBoer, two daughters-in-law, Debi Cleland and Debbie Truman, and step-son, Jim Truman. Grateful for sharing her life are her beloved husband Woody; her children; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many friends and neighbors; sisters, Alta Cable and Mavis Hansen, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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  1. Our family was saddened to read about the passing of Marian. No doubt she leaves behind many fond memories that can brighten your day when you are thinking of her. As we look forward to the time when we are reunited again with our loved ones, think about what you would like to say and how big the hugs will be. My family is encouraged reading about this hope at jw dot org (hope). May the God of comfort bless and guide your whole family during this difficult time and in the days to come.

  2. Woody My deepest Sympathy to you and your family at this time.
    Mariam was a wonderful lady and wife to you.
    I recall some of the functions my wife Martha and I attended
    with the Sioux City sales force and how much we enjoyed being
    with all of you. I know Martha really enjoyed visiting with Mariam.
    May God be with you in the days to come and may you find comfort
    in all the good memories of your time together with Mariam.
    God bless you.
    Carl Nethers

  3. We are so sad. What a lovely person. We are so sorry, Woody. We just today heard of it. You and Marian are in our prayers.

  4. I’m heartbroken that I can’t join you and celebrating the life of such a wonderful friend and lady. I take comfort in knowing she has gone to be with our Lord, but I will miss her terribly until we meet again.

    May God bless you and keep you at this set time, we will be with you in spirit on Friday and send our love and sympathy.