Virginia Mae Gillette, 86, of Belle Fourche died October 28, 2019 at the Belle Estate in Belle Fourche.
Virginia Mae Hodge was born April 2, 1933 in Camp Crook, South Dakota to Leonard and Ruth Hodge. She lived on the family farm at Reva, SD until age 13. The family moved to Belle Fourche where she entered the Belle Fourche Schools, graduating in 1951.
She traveled by train to San Diego, CA where on October 7, 1951 she married Dale Gillette. Dale was stationed at Camp Pendleton where they stayed until his discharge from the marines. They moved back to Belle Fourche where they remained for the rest of their lives.
Virginia was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Belle Fourche Fire Department Auxiliary and the First Congregational United Church of Christ. She helped her father in the family store, Hodge Bootery as well as helping Dale in his construction business.
Her greatest joy was her home and family, rarely missing a concert or sporting event of grandchildren and great grandchildren. In 2012 Dale and Virginia were honored as parade marshals for the Black Hills Roundup.
She is survived by her children, Vicki Ackerman and Curt (Ellie) Gillette all of Belle Fourche; her foreign exchange student son, Juan Casiraghi of Argentina; grandchildren, Brandon (Amber) Ackerman, Kristi (Mike) Ritchie, Callie (Kevin) Jasper, Austin (Stef) Gillette and Lindsey Gillette; great grandchildren, Bailee, Bryce, Harper, Haydon, Hudson, Cameron, Davian, Ansley and Kimber; her sister, Jean (Ron) Ericsson and her brother, Steve (Zona) Hodge.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Dale in August of 2019, her parents, Leonard and Ruth Hodge; in-laws, Orval and Ada Gillette; siblings, Peggy Moore, Sharon Crabbe and Dan Hodge; son-in-law, Don Ackerman.
Visitation and sharing of memories will be held Monday, November 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, November 12 at 10:00 AM at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Reverend Jean Helmer officiating.
A memorial has been established.
An online guest book is available at klinefuneralchapel.com.
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