Misty Marie Walden
Misty M. Walden, 31, Sioux Falls, died unexpectedly Wednesday, at her home from recent health issues.
Family visitation will be 5-7pm, Monday, February 15, 2016, at Christ the King Church, Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Tuesday, February 16, also at Christ the King Church.
God blessed the world with Misty on Halloween of 1984. Our “cue ball” soon blossomed her signature red hair and winning personality. She had a built-in best friend in her 2 year older brother, Billy, and together they enjoyed years of free-range play in the same home their dad was raised in. Misty attended Christ the King, Cathedral and O’Gorman before graduating with friends from West Central High School. Maturing into a natural beauty, she traveled for modeling competitions, later appearing in some television ads. An early claim to fame was being the first local to appear in “Money Magazine’s” 1992 “Sioux Falls is #1” issue, waiting on the bench to play baseball in her pink tennis shoes at 7 years old! Never the conformist, Misty dabbled in employment between her already packed schedule of annual alternative music festivals, family vacations and trips with friends (don’t forget the dogs!). Her unique circumstances made her able to pursue her true passion and calling; SERVICE. She was ready at the drop of a pin, as she would say, to sit bedside or in waiting rooms countless days helping us all cope with family health issues, or opening her home to those needing children sheltered, temporarily fulfilling her maternal instincts until she had her own kids someday. Her personal life was much like her karaoke, always happiest in a duet, sharing the spotlight she avoided alone. She got enjoyment from the simple things, and she always made an adventure from them. Life also gave her more than her share of lumps and lemons, but somehow she made the most delicious sour oatmeal from it, and we were happy to share it with her. She recently bought her dream home, blocks from her childhood home. She relied on a wonderful network of friends and family to navigate her daily agenda, and she more than reciprocated with love and gratitude.
Misty passed away peacefully in her sleep, literally surrounded by her “babies”; 2 cats, a pitbull, her loyal Pom, Zoey, and Wookie, a guest dog. Nothing can ever fill the holes she left in so many hearts, but we would never ask her to trade the paradise she has now in Heaven, for our sake.
Misty is survived by her parents, Bill and Veronica Walden, Sioux Falls; one brother, Billy Walden, Sioux Falls; and grandparents, James and Donna Walden, Sioux Falls, and Fred Boehrns, Sioux Falls; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.