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Eralia Kennealley

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Eralia Kennealley

Eralia N. Kennealley, Sioux Falls, formerly of Raymond, SD, the widow of J. V. (Vince) Kennealley, mother of Dona Kennealley, died Wednesday, December 2, 2015 in her apartment at the Primrose Retirement Community in Sioux Falls.

A closed casket visitation will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 11AM until service time of 1PM at the Furness Funeral Home Chapel in Clark.

A public prayer service will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 1:00 PM in the Furness Funeral Home Chapel at Clark with The Reverend John Short officiating. A luncheon will follow in the funeral home reception area and then burial will follow in the St. Patrick's Cemetery near Raymond.

(Maria) Eralia Naranjo, daughter of Juan and (Maria) Lupita (Cordova) Naranjo, was born on July 25, 1921 in Chimayo, New Mexico into the Presbyterian faith. She was raised in New Mexico and received her compulsory education at John Hyson School in Chimayo, Allison James School in Santa Fe, and graduated from Menaul High School in Albuquerque, NM in 1940. She applied to, and was accepted into the Regina School of Nursing Program at St. Joseph's Hospital in Albuquerque. Upon completion of the nursing degree, she became a Registered Nurse and worked for the U.S. Indian Health Hospital in Albuquerque.

It was during this time that her best friend, who was dating her future husband's best friend, introduced Eralia to Vince Kennealley at a dance that the nurses hosted for the soldiers who were attending the U.S. Army training in Santa Fe, NM. After a letter writing courtship, in 1951 Eralia began her R.N. work at the Memorial Hospital in Watertown, SD.

In 1952, she was united in marriage to Vince Kennealley at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Clark, SD. She was engaged with her husband in building their ranching/farming business in the Raymond, SD area. Early on, Eralia designed the family cattle brand, the "Flying K", which were her initials, for the budding Angus herd they were establishing. With money she earned as an R. N., they were able to expand their cattle herd, and buy their first herd of sheep.

In Eralia's grade school and high school years she had an interest in sewing and carpentry. She was the only girl in her grade school carpentry class. Over the years she became an accomplished seamstress and avid reader. She took an early interest in Spanish history and her family genealogy. In high school she took Spanish I, II, and III, reading Miguel de Cervantes "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha" written in Spanish as a class project. This book was published in 1615 and was considered the first modern novel. She became an "arm-chair" historian on Spanish history which dovetailed into researching her family genealogy. She was able to trace her roots back to the 1200's and discovered the family is a decedent of early Spanish explorers.

She was a member of the Raymond Presbyterian Church and Ladies Aid Society, as well as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Baker Post 209, the Farm Bureau, and an early member of the Young Republicans with her husband. She was very active in her community, taking homemade soup to her neighbors and having afternoon tea with friends. Eralia spent many long weekends at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Sioux Falls, SD baking, cooking, sewing, or "baby-sitting" pets, she thoroughly enjoyed helping.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Vince, a son, Billy Gene, a daughter, Rita Erma, two brothers, and two sisters.

Eralia is survived by her daughter, Dona, son-in-law, Robert D. Carr, of Sioux Falls, SD, grandchildren Don and Elesha Peterson-Carr and great-granddaughter, Riley Carr from Washington, DC. Also surviving is a sister, Trudi Miranda and her children of Albuquerque NM, brothers, Mois Naranjo and his family of San Diego, CA and Leroy Naranjo and his family of Taos, NM. She is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the SDSU's Little International, the Raymond Presbyterian Church, the Clark, SD Area Community Foundation, or Menaul High School in Albuquerque, NM.

The Furness Funeral Home of Clark, SD is serving the family where there is an on-line registry at

Published in The Argus Leader on Dec. 6, 2015
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