Wava I. Osborn passed away peacefully on February 9, 2021 after 99 ½ years of robust life and joy for family and friends. Wava was born on June 21, 1921 in Aberdeen, SD, to Lester and Helen (Bloom) Wiles. Frankfort, SD, spent her early years on a farm. She attended a rural school near Ashton and helped out on the farm. Many a story has been told about being caught swimming in the James River, picking eggs, and canning and cooking with your mother. She loved to dance and ride her brother’s converted Indian motorcycle.
Wava married James B. Osborn on September 18, 1941. They raised their six children in various locations, beginning in Redfield, SD. In 1953 they moved to Lead but returned to Redfield, where she stayed until retirement. Wava spent most of her time raising her family, which she really enjoyed. She also worked at Redfield State Hospital and School where she cared for the health and wellbeing of people with developmental disabilities. She was a dedicated contributor who really cared about those who looked after her.
She was a great cook – “from scratch”. She loved gardening, be it her vegetable garden or flower garden. She was an incredible seamstress and created heirloom embroidery. Your “home remedies” were many, and surprisingly, they worked! Many pets graced Wava’s life and she loved them all. However, of all the things that enriched her life, it was her family that she valued most.
She spent the final years of Wava at Spearfish Canyon Healthcare, making new friends, enjoying Bingo on Fridays and Root Beer Float. Here she began to dye felt pictures and gave many to family and friends. A special thank you to everyone in the Healthcare Center for the excellent support.
Wava is preceded in death by James B. Osborn (husband), Tom Osborn (son), James A. Osborn (grandson), Dustin Norton (grandson), Asher Ludwar (great grandson).
To continue Wava’s spirit, Sally Osborn (wife of Tom), Lester (Donna) Osborn, David (Jan) Osborn, Michael (Mea) Osborn, Beth (Doug) Norton, Rex (Linda Abeldt) Osborn, numerous great, great and Great-great-grandchildren, special friend Lori as well as extended family and friends who knew and loved her.
A private family service will be held on Friday, February 12th at 2pm at the HykeFuneral Home in Redfield. There will be a public celebration of her life this summer. The funeral preparations are taken care of by Kahler-Brende Funeral Home. www.kahlerfh.com
Instead of flowers, donations can be made to Happy Pig Haven, a sanctuary for pot-bellied pigs, at 25188 468th Ave, Baltic, SD, 57003.
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