NLJ Staff


Aug. 3, 1937–March 15, 2021

Peggy Lucelle Minter, 83, died on March 15, 2021, at Avantara Mountain View Nursing Home in Rapid City, S.D., where she had been a resident since August 2012. 

Peggy was born in Newcastle, Wyo., on Aug. 3, 1937, and spent her early years in Osage, Wyo. Peggy attended school in Newcastle where she was an active member of the Methodist Church, the Girl Scouts and Job’s Daughters, which she served as guardian. Peggy graduated from Newcastle High School in 1955 and went on to graduate from the Rapid City School of Business
in 1957.

Peggy had a career working as an administrative assistant for Barber Transportation Company in Rapid City, as an account clerk at Ellsworth Air Force Base and as a data entry clerk for Conseco Financial. After retirement, Peggy spent four winters working at an income tax firm in Buena Park, Calif.

Peggy was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star in South Dakota where she held a number of local and state offices.  Peggy was also an active member of the Rapid City Chapter of the Association of Business Women of America. Peggy attended First Baptist Church in Rapid City.

Peggy spent much of her life taking loving care of her mother, Genevieve Minter, in both Newcastle and Rapid City. Peggy’s greatest joys in life were sharing her knowledge and love of the Black Hills and helping others through her volunteer work and everyday acts of kindness.

Peggy is survived by her nephews, Douglas Frederick Minter and Eric Andrew Minter, both of Wilmington, N.C.; her cousins, Wilbur Lease of Newcastle, Phyliss Murdock and Kenneth Johnson; and by her loving caretaker, Renie Smith of Rapid City.

She was preceded in death by both parents; her brothers, Robert Minter of Durham, N.C., and Frederick Minter of Placentia, Calif.

There was a visitation from 2-4 p.m. on March 18 at Kirk Funeral Home. She will be inurned in the family plot in Upton.


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