Patricia Delaine Edwards

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May 22, 1941 ~ November 1, 2020

Patricia D. (Wilts-Wingen) Edwards, 79, Sioux Falls, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 1, 2020, with her children by her side at the Bethesda Care Center in Beresford, SD. 

No services are planned at this time.

Patty Delaine Leeper was born on May 22, 1941, on a farm in Turner County, South Dakota, near Hurley, to Everett and Olga (Wolf) Leeper.  Patty grew up on several farms in the area of Canova/Howard, SD.  Although she did not graduate from high school, Patty was a smart, resilient woman and met Donovan (Porky) Wilts and those two married on November 26, 1960. From this union, three amazing children were born.  Patty was a stay at home mom and as the youngest was getting older, she began her career in the hospitality business working at such places as Holiday Inn Airport Lounge, Crack’d Pot Restaurant, Red Lantern Lounge, and Western Steak House, to name a few.  Patty had a gift of compassion for people and her strong-willed determination and hard work ethic were instilled into the kids.  Whenever they would go somewhere, they always ran into someone she knew, greeting them with her beautiful smile. Patty married Larry Wingen on June 3, 1983, and shared life and companionship with him until he passed in March of 1999.  Patty was a huge fan of country music and loved to dance.  Her greatest gift was to cook she had many dishes that are still being made today.  Lots of loving memories were made and her children will cherish them forever.

Patty is survived by sons, Terry (Wendy) Wilts, Spirit Lake, IA, and Thomas (Bobbi) Wilts, El Paso, TX; and daughter, Kathleen Wilts, Omaha, NE; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Seth, Alexandra, Samantha, and Charlene; Step-son, Timothy Wingen; his children, Cole, Kylie and Andrea (Annie). 

The family would like thank all the caregivers that Patty has had over the past few months.  The compassion and love you gave our Mom was amazing.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you direct your memorials to a charity of your choice.

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  • Sue Winkel says:

    Rest in peace my dear Aunt Patty. Thank you for keeping in touch and for always allowing me to be a part of your life. I’m going to miss your random phone calls from the nursing home asking different questions, the funniest was the names of the Golden Girls. Love you Patty. Keep everyone in line up there…. until we see each other again! Susie

  • Dennise harrington says:

    There will NEVER be another like you. You were there for every turn in my life. You were there for me when my mother (your sister) went to meet the Lord. EVERY SINGLE EVENT that was important to me was also important to you I will be forever grateful. I will miss our weekly calls but will be waiting to hear the phone ring from heaven. I look forward to the day you, mom and I can catch up. Thank you for being my second mother….you’ve earned your wings…float in peace, my Love


  • Debbie O'Malley says:

    My heart breaks for you. May you and your family find comfort in your memories.
    Debbie O’Malley

  • Susan bresee says:

    I’ll never forget going into Arbor Ridge where my mom lived for a very short time and running into Pat. When Kathy and I were little we were together all the time . So when Pat seen me come to visit my mom here eyes would just brighten up ! She and I would always give each other crap and then a hug ! She will be greatly missed! Your mom was a wonderful happy person !!

  • Shelley McMahon says:

    My sincere condolences to Tom, and the entire family.

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