Ianita “Sis” Josephine (Peterson) Curley

 July 30, 1940 - April 30, 2019

Ianita “Sis” Josephine Curley (Peterson) passed away on April 30, 2019 in Hot Springs, where she lived with her husband Bill since 2000.

Ianita was born at home in Eagle Butte on July 30, 1940 to Carl and Lizzie (Acker) Peterson. She was the second to the youngest girl of 9 children.

Sis grew up on a farm in Eagle Butte and graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 1958. She went to nursing school at Anchor Hospital School of Nursing in St. Paul, Minn. and obtained her Diploma in Nursing in 1961.

After graduation, she and a friend accepted positions as registered nurses in Hawaii, where she met Bill on the first day she arrived, September 15, 1962. They were married on October 30, 1962. They almost did not get married due to the Cuban Missile Crisis. She traveled across the US with Bill for 38 years. She served as a Navy wife, mother, and a nurse in Hawaii, California, Washington, South Carolina, and South Dakota. She was a proud mother of 3, grandmother of 9, and great-grandmother of 12. She was a wonderful wife, an amazing mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was full of life and always had a smile on her face. She was an excellent nurse who was respected by both her coworkers and doctors she worked with. Her last job as a nurse was at Black Hills Special Services where she put her whole heart into her work.

Ianita is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bill Curley; daughter, Beth (Paul) Erk of Newell; sons, Kevin (Rosemarie) Curley of Midlothian, Va. and James (Michelle) Curley of Goose Creek, S.C.; grandchildren, Paul (Allea) Provorse, Ryan (Jenna) Curley, Courtney Provorse, Casey (Danielle) Curley, Megan Provorse, Brian Curley, Chad (Amber) Erk, John (Anna) Erk, Megan Erk; great-grandchildren Raelee, Alice, Maggie,  Sawyer, Maddie, Ferris, Townes, Lexi, Rachel, Sarah, Will, and Matthew; sisters, Tiny (Keith) Farlee of Lantry, Pat Fish of Sedro Woolley, Wash., and Marilyn (Roland) Roth of Flasher, N.D.; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Lizzie Peterson; brothers, Dennis, Delbert, Harley, and Raymond Peterson; and sister, Betty DeRouchey Horn.

Christian Vigil Services were Friday, May 3, 2019 at St. Anthony Padua Catholic Church in Hot Springs. 

Christian Funeral Mass was Saturday, May 4, 2019 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Gerlach as celebrant. 

Christian burial was Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

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