Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sandy Williamson Remembered

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
     My Aunt Sandy passed away on April 3, 2014.  She was married to my Uncle Ray, my dad's half brother.  I didn't know Sandy very well due to time and distance, but I know she was a remarkable woman who was dearly loved by her family and friends.  
     I'm sharing her obituary below as part of our family history.

     Sandra “Sandy” Lynn Williamson, 63, passed away surrounded by her family on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at her home in Spearfish. She was born Nov. 30, 1950, to Mr. and Mrs. John Croghan in Deadwood. She graduated from Doniphan Senior High School in Doniphan, Mo., in 1969 and, answering a calling, fulfilled a dream and graduated from USD in 1998 as a registered nurse. She touched so many with her work in long term care facilities and was especially proud of her service at the Fort Meade VA Hospital.   
     Sandy married Raymond Williamson in July 1971, and they had a daughter, Nikki Lynn, who was born in 1972. They made their home in Whitewood. She was a committed member and volunteer of many organizations, including the Jaycees, Whitewood PTO, and as an EMT with the Whitewood Volunteer Fire Department.
     Sandy is survived by a daughter, Nikki Williamson; granddaughter, Elsie Lynn; and grandson, Raymond Daniel, all of Spearfish. She is also survived by sisters, Lonnie (Terry) ONeil of Portland, Ore., and Lorraine (Talmon) Harber of Doniphan, Mo.; a brother, Lance (Helan) Croghan of St. Louis, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Sandy, daughter Nikki, husband Ray

Monday, June 9, 2014

Leslie Configliacco Passes Away

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
      Leslie Configliacco, our 2nd cousin once removed, passed away on April 4, 2014 in Rapid City.  He was the youngest brother of Evelyn Configliacco who passed away in 2013.
Mom and Dad use to visit Evelyn and Leslie regularly when they visited the Black Hills. I met him once.  Leslie never married.  He and Evelyn were very close and lived together until Evelyn passed away.  


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