Patricia Delaine Edwards
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.