The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her.
Joan Tuffs, 82, of Sioux Falls died August 26, 2013, at Dougherty Hospice House. Joan Ellen Craig was born October 16, 1930 in Spencer, Iowa. As a young adult she moved to Mitchell and in 1954 married Gene Tuffs. She worked various jobs over the years including The Corn Palace ticket office and the municipal golf course. Joan was the manager of Food and Fuel in Mitchell until her retirement. Joan is survived by daughters, Pat Tuffs and Carol Markel, both of Sioux Falls, son-in-law Bob Herrick of Emery, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; her sisters, Jeanette (Dee) Trent, Colorado Springs, CO and Natalie (Don) Richards, Clearwater, FL, brother David Craig, Florissant, MO and special friend, Rick Connor, Mitchell, SD.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, two daughters Sharon Herrick of Emery and Susie Tuffs of Sioux Falls, 2 brothers Dwayne Craig and Marvin Craig and son-in-law David Markel.
A graveside service will be held 2:00pm Thursday August 29, 2013 at Servicemens Memorial Cemetery, Mitchell, SD. www.heritagesfsd.com