Carol Childress


Spearfish, South Dakota

September 4, 2021

Carol Childress, 78, of Spearfish, South Dakota, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Monument Health in Spearfish.

Funeral service was Thursday, Sept. 9, at Jurrens Funeral Home, Rock Rapids, Iowa, with interment in Riverview Cemetery, Rock Rapids.

Carol Jean Feikema was born Feb. 24, 1943, in Rock Rapids, daughter of Clarence “Fuzzy” and Gertrude (Van Malsen) Feikema. She grew up on a farm on the Minnesota/Iowa border. She graduated from Central Lyon High School in 1961.  

In 1962, she married Wayne Childress. They farmed near Alvord, Iowa. She later divorced and returned to school at Southeast Tech where she studied floral design. She worked at Echter’s Greenhouse in Sibley before working at Country Boutique in Rock Rapids. She retired in 2014 and moved in with her daughter, Cathy. They lived in Martin, South Dakota, and De Smet, South Dakota. In 2017, they moved to Spearfish.

Survivors include three children, Doug (Joley) Childress of Benson, Arizona, Cathy Childress of Spearfish and Curtis Childress of Valley Springs, South Dakota; one granddaughter; one stepgrandson and several other extended family.

She was preceded by her parents and daughter Connie Childress.

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