Darlene “Dee” Williams

Darlene “Dee” Williams, age 74, of Mission Hill, South Dakota, died on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Discovery Church in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Cory Kitch officiating.  Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton.  Visitation is from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, on Wednesday, January 12 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a video tribute and time of sharing at 6:00 PM.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are Bradley Williams, Brian Williams, Shawn Williams, Kory Bierle, Tom Slowey, and John Yaggie.  Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Darlene was born January 31, 1947 in Yankton, South Dakota to Everett E. and Alberta Mae (Johnson) Dilts.  She grew up in Elkader, Iowa and Yankton, graduating from Yankton High School in 1965.  After school, she attended Sioux Valley Nursing School in Sioux Falls.  She met Keith Williams while doing volunteer work in high school at the Human Services Center and on July 7, 1967, they were married in Yankton.  After their marriage, Dee finished nursing school and they moved back to the Williams family farm at Yankton and then to Mission Hill in 1976.  She worked as a nurse her entire life.  Dee spent 27 years working at the Human Services Center in Yankton.  She then worked at various nursing homes in the area, including Freeman, Menno, Irene, and Wakonda.  Finally, Dee spent the last 12 years working at the Infirmary at Sacred Heart Monastery.  She referred to the sisters as her extended family, retiring on June 29, 2020.  Dee was a faithful member of Discovery Church and enjoyed the fellowship of her church family.  She was also very active in 4-H when her children were younger.  Family was everything to Dee.  She adored her husband, Keith, and they were always together.  She loved riding on the motorcycle with him, enjoyed off-road trail driving/racing, camping, hunting, seeing our beautiful country on horseback, and working with wildlife conservation groups.

Dee is survived by two children: Dawn (Rick) Sawtell of Mission Hill and Ryan (Jennifer) Williams of Yankton; nine grandchildren: Erik (Rose), Shaun, Chris (Chelsie), Brandon, Dalton, Nathan, Samantha, Ellison, and Kinsley; eight great grandchildren: Gavin, Cooper, Cambrie, Carson, Lily, Tora, Oakley, and Marley; brother, Jackie (Shirley) Dilts of Florida; brother-in-law, Clifton (Lindy) Williams of Irene; and several nieces and nephews.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 48 years, Keith, on October 7, 2015; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Mary Williams; and sister-in-law, Linda Dilts.





The live stream of Dee’s funeral can be found on our Facebook page which will be available to watch approximately five minutes before the service begins.  Click the link to our page: https://www.facebook.com/WintzRay

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9 response to "Darlene “Dee” Williams"

  1. By: Neal Diltz Posted: January 9, 2022

    Rest in peace my cousin. Prayers for the family.

  2. By: Bruce and Marilyn Olson Posted: January 10, 2022

    Dawn and family and Ryan and family: We were so sad to hear about Dee’s passing. You have our sincere sympathies. Bruce has such fond memories of time spent with your mom and dad. We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you.

  3. By: Les & Sandi Speakman Posted: January 10, 2022

    Dawn & Ryan,
    Our prayers are with you. That Mom place in your heart will ache and she will be missed for a long time. Hold on to all the memories including the trips to Montana.

    Les & Sandi Speakman

  4. By: Jim & Linda Winterringer Posted: January 11, 2022

    Dawn, Ryan & families so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She will be missed. Prayers to you and your entire family.

  5. By: S Mary Kay Panowicz Posted: January 11, 2022

    My sympathy to you Dawn, Ryan and your families. Dee was a wonderful nurse and such a caring person with our elderly sisters. I was also the recipient of her care when I was in the Care Center a couple of times following surgery. We also often connected when there was some issue at nigh,t and I was the one on call. We weathered a few storms, unplanned fire alarms, falling in ceilings and water leaks together. She will be missed, but I am sure she and Keith are having a grand reunion.

  6. By: Dean and Vi Holman Posted: January 12, 2022

    Our hearts were saddened when we learned of Dee’s passing, but we hold on to the promises knowing that she missed Keith. They were a team! And she left a great legacy in her love for nursing and service to others. Blessed be her memory. 🙏🙏

  7. By: Kenneth and Phyllis Meier Posted: January 13, 2022

    Dawn and Ryan our deepest sympathies Dee was such a great person I loved working with her at the monastery as a nurse She always had such a beautiful smile I am sure Keith and Dee are having a great reunion in heaven You and your families are in our prayers May God bless you

  8. By: Jackie &. Shirley Dilts Posted: January 13, 2022

    Our angel got her wings, you will be missed so much! We know you and Keith are dancing and have a blessed reunion! So sorry for Dawn and Ryan , and all of your family!💖🙏

  9. By: Todd West Posted: January 13, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. She was always a delight during the RMEF Summer Rendezvous. I have not been out there for a couple years but will miss her when I attend again. The family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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