Arla M Murfield

Born: Tue., Jun. 10, 1919
Died: Tue., Aug. 14, 2012


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 17, 2012
Location: Rude's Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Aug. 18, 2012
Location: Grace Lutheran Church

Graveside Service

2:30 PM Sat., Aug. 18, 2012
Location: Prairie Queen Cemetery

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Arla Murfield, age 93, of Sioux Falls; formerly of Nunda and Brookings; died Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls.

Arla Minerva Bakke was born June 10, 1919, in Lake County, to Olaus and Milla (Albertson) Bakke.  She attended North Prairie Queen School and graduated high school from the School of Agriculture “Aggie School” in Brookings in 1938.  She was an active 4-H leader and was a delegate to the National 4-H Congress in Washington, DC.  Arla completed business school in Huron and worked for the Farmers’ Co-op Elevator in Brookings until 1949, and later at the Nunda Farmers’ Co-op from 1971 to 1983.  

Arla married Kermit Murfield on June 20, 1948, at Prairie Queen Lutheran Church near Nunda.  Together they farmed and raised eight children in the home Arla’s parents built when she was a young girl.  They moved to Brookings in 2001 and then to Good Samaritan Prairie Creek Assisted Living Center in Sioux Falls in October 2011.

Arla was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church of Nunda and an active member of Sons of Norway, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and extension clubs.  She enjoyed traveling to visit friends and family across the country and in Norway, and attended countless activities involving her children and grandchildren.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY:  her parents; her brother Chris Bakke; grandson Caleb Murfield, son-in-law Bruce Baedke and nephew Kelly Bakke.

SURVIVORS:  include her husband Kermit of Sioux Falls; eight children, Diana Ray of Camden, SC, Dean (LeAnn) of Madison, Mark (Glenda) of Lenexa, KS, Stewart (Stannetta) of Fairmont, MN, Loren (Lisa of Odessa, FL, Twila Baedke of Sioux Falls, Scott (Shannon) of Lake Shetek, MN and Melanie (Mark) Pazour of Chamberlain, SD; 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, two great-great grandsons and two step-grandsons.

MEMORIALS:  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church.

VISITATION:  The family will be present for visitation 5-7 PM Friday evening at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.  Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church in Nunda.

Charitable donations may be made in Arla's memory to the following organization:

Grace Lutheran Church
Nunda, SD

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Kimberly Jacobson
   Posted Thu August 16, 2012
Twila & Family,

I was so saddened to hear of your mother's passing. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Pain echoes.....

LaMonte McCuen
   Posted Fri August 17, 2012
Dear Family:

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mother and wife. I always enjoyed talking with her. She was a good lady.


Jolene Johnson Fluegge
   Posted Fri August 17, 2012
Sorry to hear of Arla's passing. I have childhood memories of her, my parents were friends (Canute and Helen Johnson). She was a sweet lady and I hope your memories will help you through this difficult time.

Sheila (Persing) Moller
   Posted Fri August 17, 2012
Kermit and Family,
My Mom and Dad moved in to Prairie Creek Assisted Living in October also. They both enjoyed your company as did myself and my siblings when we came to visit. Good memories of a long life together and knowing she is watching you all from above will help in the days to come.

Florence & Lawrence Persing and Family

David Martin Lundin
   Posted Mon August 20, 2012
Am very sorry to hear of your loss. Been a long time since I have seen you Dean and Mark. May she rest in peace.

Gayla (Gregory) Morrill
   Posted Tue August 21, 2012
I was saddened to hear of the loss of Arla. May your memories of her make the loss easier.

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