Published: Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Sheila Porterfield Kindt was born Aug. 22, 1949, the first child of Jack and Bonnie (Floyd) Porterfield. She grew up in Lyman, S.D., where her family owned and operated a gas station, store and trucking line.
Sheila attended grade school at the one-room schoolhouse near Lyman. She graduated from Kennebec (S.D.) High School in 1965 with high honors. She was president of her senior class, a cheerleader, carnival queen and yearbook editor. She was a page at the S.D. State Senate her junior year of high school.
After graduation, she married Doug Kindt of Oacoma, S.D. They divorced in 1972.
Sheila lived most of her adult life in Custer, S.D., Rapid City, S.D., and Medicine Bow, Wyo. She worked as an auditor, bookkeeper, bank manager and bartender. She was a single mom and did whatever it took to take care of her kids. She was an employee of Pete Lien & Sons in Rapid City at the time of her cancer diagnosis in 2010.
Sheila loved her extended family, especially the get-togethers and parties. She was a dedicated daughter and spent a lot of time with her mother, Bonnie, during her struggle with Alzheimer’s. Sheila’s piano was the passion of her life. She played classical music with great skill and talent. She was an avid reader and a founding member of the Black Hills Bookies. Sheila had many friends and she loved to dance, gamble and socialize.
Sheila faced cancer with such determination and grace. She had wonderful care and support from her children and her caregiver, Diane Parsons.
Sheila lost her fight with cancer Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Hospice of the Hills, Rapid City. She was 64.
Sheila is survived by her son, Michael (Lisa) Kindt of Rapid City; daughter, Brandi (Shawn) Shannon of Custer; grandsons, Hadrian Kindt of Spearfish and Chastin Kindt of Custer; sister, Elayne (Nick) Rowe of Newcastle, Wyo.; brothers, Randy (Leslie) Porterfield of Norman, Okla., Larry Porterfield of Sturgis, S.D., and Marty (Lynda) Porterfield of Osage, Wyo.; two nieces; six nephews; eight great-nephews; great-niece, Maylie; aunts, Joanne Porterfield of Trapper Creek, Ala., Arlene Woffenden of San Antonio, Texas; and mother-in-law, Bernie Kindt of Oacoma.
A celebration of Sheila’s life will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. at the VFW Club in Custer. Sheila did not want a funeral; she wanted a going away party. Bring your stories, memories and pictures and join her family for lunch, and friendship. Cremation has taken place and Sheila will be buried at the Pringle Cemetery by her family.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.
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