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Isabel Amelia Means
July 24, 1930 - April 13, 2017

Place of Birth: Cresbard, South Dakota
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 86

Isabel Amelia (Nash) Means was born on July 24, 1930, to Earl and Edith (Hall) Nash in the rural Chelsea, SD area. Isabel attended school through her senior year in Cresbard, SD. After attending college to take a teaching course, she joined the work force in Aberdeen, SD as a teacher. Isabel met her future husband while having a pair of shoes repaired. Merlin Wade Means was the manager of the shoe store where she bought her shoes on that fateful day. They married on February 18, 1950.
Isabel quit teaching in order to raise her family. Her first three children were born in Aberdeen, SD. The family then moved to Mobridge, SD when her husband found a better paying job-still a shoe salesman. They had a “second family” while in Mobridge and increased their children count to five.
In February, 1964, they again moved to a better quality of life to the town of Sidney, MT where they stayed. In 1967, Isabel started a daycare business out of her home to supplement their family income. Isabel was responsible for the formative years of over 100 children during her 50 years as a daycare provider. She never went anywhere without kids or moms stopping her to give her a hug and a big how are you.
Isabel died early Thursday morning, April 13, 2017, at the Sidney Health Center Extended Care. Isabel is survived by her five children: Patricia (Bruce) Knoepke, Beatrice (Gary) Fuhrmann, Willard (Donna) Means, Beverly (Sam) Greenslate, and Joan (Dave) Horton; her grandkids, Jana (Bryan) MacGillivary, Bobbi Jo (Kevin) Goff, Joshua (Amanda) Bartels, Brandon Fuhrmann, Kevin (Courtney) Means, Michael (Melissa) Means, Katie Means, Shane (Rei) Greenslate, Sarah (Kyle) Eden, Sean Manning and Mark Manning; her 26 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Mary Ann Crane.
Isabel was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband-Merlin, her baby boy, her brothers, Oscar, Gordon, Orville, Elmer, Keith, and Dale.

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Wanda Mitchell (Virginia Beach, VIRGINIA)
Apr 14, 2017
My sympathies to your family on the loss of your mother. I can't believe I met your family in 1966 when I started school in Sidney! I always enjoyed visiting with her when our paths crossed and we caught up on where everyone was and what they were doing. Don't be surprised if you feel like you have been orphaned, even at our "advanced" age it is a big adjustment when mom is gone. Again, my sympathies for your loss.
Rose and Donald Nash (Mansfield , SD)
Apr 15, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss. Isabel was a true inspiration to many. Her memory will live on in all of you. Hugs and prayers from our family to yours.
Joan *Means* Horton (Payson, Arizona)
Apr 15, 2017
With a heavy heart and overwhelming sadness, tears of selfishness, I miss you mom. I love you and will keep you near and dear to my heart always! God speed and rest in peace, you are free!!
Cindy Brown Kwasney (Billings, Montana)
Apr 15, 2017
Dear Bev, Joan, Willard, Pat, and Beatty,
Many, many memories growing up across the street from you all. Birthday parties, Halloween, games, the park, bikes, too many to mention them all. I remember the iconic whistle... time for you to be home. The goodies that came from your Mom's kitchen. Your Mom touched many lives in our neighborhood, here child care kids and countless others. Be at peace knowing she is at peace. Blessings to you all.
Cindy Brown Kwasney
Cheryl Ochsner (Aberdeen, SD)
Apr 16, 2017
Our sincere sympathies to you in the loss of your mother and dear Aunt Isabel. The memories of spending time together with your family was wonderful. Our prayers are sent your way.
Tom and Anita Scheetz (SIdney, MT)
Apr 17, 2017
Hugs and prayers to the family during this time of sorrow. Always enjoyed visiting with Isabel. May good memories keep her forever in your hearts.

Tom and Anita Scheetz
LaVonne Nash Lopez (Fort Worth, Texas 76114)
Apr 17, 2017
Sending all my prayers and sympathy to your family in this time of need but Aunt Isabel is with her other family in Heaven no more ppain or suffering, And we all have another Angel watching over us, With all of my love to you all,
Holly O'Toole (Sidney)
Apr 17, 2017
My condolences to the family of Isabel. She was a lovely lady who really cared about children. She will be missed.
Ruth Bartholomew (O'Fallon, Missouri)
Apr 21, 2017
Many prayers and hugs for the family. Wish I could give the hugs in person.
Ruth
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