Jill A. Pontius
Jill A. Pontius, 76, of Deadwood, SD passed into heaven on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at her home.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, January 14 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lead, with visitation one-hour prior to services.
Jill was born Aug 30, 1939 to Lawrence and Verna (Traverson) Anfinson in Deadwood, SD. Her family moved several times throughout her childhood but returned to Deadwood where Jill graduated from Deadwood High School in 1957. After finishing her 2-year degree from Black Hills Teachers College, Jill married her high school sweetheart, Jerry Pontius, on June 26, 1959. She later went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in education from Black Hills Teachers College and was a substitute teacher for many years in the Lead-Deadwood public schools. She was a ski instructor at Deer Mountain during the early years of its operation.
Jill was a devoted wife and mother of three boys, and always active in serving the community. She was named outstanding Jaycette of the Year three different times and held almost every office in Jaycettes during the 10 years she was involved. As a follower of Christ, she served in her church, Trinity United Methodist, in a variety of roles – president of the local UMW group and treasurer at the district level, Sunday school and release time classroom teacher – and was quick to help wherever there was a need. Her compassion and generous heart often led her to reach out to others in need with meals, housework help, and care of the children. She always remembered birthdays and anniversaries and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandma and great- grandma who will be greatly missed.
Jill is survived by her husband, Jerry, Deadwood; sons, David (Theresa) Pontius, Lead, Michael (Stephanie) Pontius, Brainerd, MN, Jim (Nikki) Pontius, Deadwood; brother, Lynn (JoAnn) Anfinson, Enfield, CT, and 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the care of Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel of Lead.
|Jill Anfinson Pontius DHS1957|