Nancy Greene


Nancy Greene, 79, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, August 5, at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Nancy Greene was born March 23, 1942, in Torrington, WY, to Elmer and Louise (Williams). Nancy was united in marriage to Donald Ries on July 16, 1960. They farmed near White Lake until they moved to Mitchell. After farming and having nine children, Nancy attended Dakota Wesleyan University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Nancy taught at St. Joseph’s Indian School before working at Dakota Milestones, formerly Chamberlain Area Adjustment Training Center.

Nancy was a loyal mother and friend. She had a great sense of humor, accepted people, actively listened, and gave sage advice. Nancy learned to play the clarinet at DWU and enjoyed music of all types, including classical, Broadway musicals, and Indian flute. She enjoyed Native American culture, quilting blankets using fabric from around the world; puzzles; reading, especially biographies, history, and poetry; and cooking and baking for her family. Nancy enjoyed Sunday football, proudly wearing her Green Bay hat and Vikings sweater. Nancy loved learning new things, and encouraged others to continue their education.

Nancy is survived by her sons: Daniel (Ruby) Ries of Mitchell, SD; Darrell (Melissa) Ries, of Sioux Falls, SD; and Dwayne Ries of Mitchell, SD; daughters, Diann Ries, Darlene Ries, and Denise Ries of Mitchell, SD; Donna Rexford of Roseburg, OR; and Donell Ries of Alexandria, VA; grandchildren, Ashley (Jay) Goldhammer-Tripp of Valley Springs, MN; Megan Rexford of Roseburg, OR; Brian (Ana) Ries of Atlanta, GA; Nancy (Emery) Ries of Wanblee, SD; Amy Merritt of Northfield, MN; Mike Merritt of Sioux Falls, SD; Jason (Ginger) Weil of Minneapolis, MN; Andrew (Jessica) Jorgensen of Beresford, SD; and great-grandchildren, Donavon of Valley Springs, MN; Remi Little Thunder of Wanblee, SD; and Levi, Eva, Grace, and Gavin Merritt of Sioux Falls, SD; Dominic and Avery Jorgensen of Beresford, SD; and nieces Shanna Green Goldbach of Colorado Springs, CO; Denelle Howard; and Malana Cordova of Colorado Springs, CO.

She was preceded in death by her son, Douglas Ries; grandson, Kyle; parents; and two brothers, Elmer Jr. and Gary.

Expressions of sympathy can be mailed to 1020 West 3rd Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301. Charitable contributions in Nancy’s memory can be made to LifeQuest or Mitchell Area Safe House.

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