Bee Huddleston


Funeral services for 103-year old Bee Huddleston of Martin, SD, are Tuesday, November 22, 2021 at 10:00 at the New American Legion in Martin.

Burial will be in the Martin Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday, Nov 22, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Bennett County Funeral Service, 211 Main Street in Martin.

A memorial has been established for the Bennett County Nursing Home and donations may be sent to Bennett County Funeral Service, PO Box 65, Martin, SD  57551.

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Bee Huddleston was born December 14, 1917, at Thermopolis, Wyo, the first of seven children, to Barney and Myrtle Baker Williams. She passed away November 17, 2021, at the Bennett County Nursing Home in Martin.

Bee, her parents, and younger brother Basil, came to South Dakota in 1923 by team and wagon, making the long trip from Wyoming to Interior in 14 days. Bee’s Dad, Barney, had bought 160 acres of land seven miles west of Wanblee, SD, where he built a one-room tar paper shack for his family. Later he built a log house with a sod roof that had a dirt floor.

Bee grew up in the Wanblee area and attended Garner School (a one room school). She attended Wanblee High School in Wanblee, graduating with a class of ten as Valedictorian. The next year she attended Spearfish Normal School in Spearfish where she received a First Grade Certificate for Teaching. She taught three years at the Headlee Ranch School, south of Interior, and one year at her home school, Garner School.

She met Billy Huddleston, a mail carrier, and they were married on June 3, 1941, at Rapid City, SD. They moved to Camas, WA, where Billy worked at the Camas Paper Mill. Several months later, they moved back to South Dakota and to Bennett County, where they bought land in early 1942 and made a life on their ranch located 8 miles north of Vetal.

They were blessed with three children: Joan, Keith, and Robert. They raised Hereford and Holstein cattle, pigs, horses, sheep, and chickens. Their crops were corn, oats, wheat, and alfalfa; and they always raised a large garden. Bee helped with the many chores on the farm and was also a great cook.

Bee was a 4-H leader, a member of “The Order of Eastern Star Chapter 171” of Martin, was in an extension club, served on the local Pass Creek School Board and was a member of the Retired Teacher’s Group in Martin. She loved family and community get togethers.

Bee liked to talk to you about all the changes that had occurred in her life. From the days of horse and buggy to the modern cars and planes and space travel; witnessed 18 presidents; from most things done by hand to all the technological wonders.

Bee is survived by her three children: Joan (Ervin) Seidel of Riverside, CA, Keith Huddleston of Martin, SD, and Robert (Delora) Huddleston of Martin, SD. Three grandsons: Ryan (Patia) Boomsma of Trophy Club, TX; Robbie Huddleston of Martin, SD; Rocky (Laura) Huddleston of Martin, SD; and one granddaughter Christina Boomsma of Riverside, CA; four great-grandchildren: River Lynn Huddleston of Martin, SD, Evan, Waverly, and Gavin Boomsma of Trophy Club, TX. One sister Jean Larson of Belgrade, MT; and her brother Emil (Beulah) Williams of Rice, MN. She also leaves behind many nephews, nieces, and many friends.

Bee was preceded in death by her parents, Barney and Myrtle Williams, two brothers, Clayton and Basil and her husband Billy.

Bennett County Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements for Bee Huddleston.