Kali Teasley


Kali Teasley was born in Great Falls, Mont., March 21, 1994, to Kevin and Cathy Teasley.

She was home-schooled from kindergarten to 12th grade and attended Black Hills State University in 2013, from which she received an associate’s degree in applied health science.

Kali took a semester off to travel Europe in 2015 before enrolling in the University of South Dakota (USD), from which she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s of science degree in speech and communication disorders in 2018. Kali was working on a doctorate in audiology at the graduate school at USD.

Kali was a devoted sister, daughter and aunt. She was dedicated to fitness and enjoyed yoga, PiYo, rock climbing and hiking Crazy Horse during the Volksmarch in June, continually trying to beat her own recorded time. She waited tables at quite a few restaurants in Custer, S.D., every summer, diligently earning money for her college education. She served as a resident assistant in college for nearly four years and always went above and beyond to help fellow students in need. Kali strived to be a listening ear or an encouraging voice and always knew just what to say. 

Kali so enjoyed music and was learning to play piano, guitar and ukulele. She loved going to concerts and road-tripped to them every chance she got, never letting anyone else drive. She was very spiritual in her day-to-day life and found meaning in everything.

Kali died unexpectedly Feb. 1, 2019, while  at grad school in Vermilion, S.D. She was 24.

She was preceeded in death by her aunt, Christie Sparks; and grandparents, Mildred and Clifford Bowman, Sr.

Kali is survived by her parents, Kevin and Cathy Teasley; grandparents, Ethel and Jules Teasley; and sisters, Thea Teasley, Maya George, Juli Teasley and Kori Teasley.

Funeral services were Feb. 9 at Custer Lutheran Fellowship with the Rev. Pamela Power officiating. 

Committal services followed at Custer Cemetery.

A memorial has been established. Memorials may be sent to Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home, 234 N. 6th St., Custer, SD 57730.