Evelyn Chard


Evelyn  Alice (Smith) Chard was born Oct. 31, 1924, near Keystone, S.D., to Ralph A. and Ethel (Wedgewood) Smith.

Evelyn attended grade school in Keystone and her family moved to Custer, S.D., in 1937, where she graduated from high school in 1942. She went to the University of Northern Colorado and graduated in 1947 with a degree in teaching. She taught school in California and Colorado.

Evelyn married Raymond Edwin Chard Oct. 28, 1950. They were married for 60 years. They had two children, Jack (deceased, 2005) and Connie Wellington.

Evelyn volunteered to many organizations and was a member of the Eastern Star since 1944. She enjoyed traveling, reading and playing cards.

Evelyn died Nov. 17, 2017, at her home in Custer. She was 93.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; son, Jack; two brothers, Roger and Spencer Smith; and sister, Mary Ellen Vejvoda.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Connie (Rick) Wellington of Custer; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Eastern Star services were Nov. 26 at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.

Funeral services were Nov. 27 at Custer Lutheran Fellowship with interim Pastor Pat Eidsness officiating. Committal services followed at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Custer Lutheran Fellowship.