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Thelma Vivian Frame

Thelma Vivian Frame, 92, of Rapid City, and former long-time Dupree resident, died November 18, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center, New Underwood. Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm Sunday, Nov. 22, and conclude with a prayer service at 4:00 pm, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis. Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 23, at 11:00 am at the Dupree Pioneer Hall, Dupree, SD. Burial will follow at the Dupree Cemetery. Condolences may be made to the family at

Thelma was born March 25, 1923, at Faith, SD, to Chester and Kate (Spilman) Johnson.  She shared her childhood with three brothers and three sisters.  Thelma attended grade school at Mud Butte Rural School, graduating from Faith High School in 1940.  She went on to Spearfish Teaching College for one year, and in 1941 changed her last name to Frame, when she and Jim were united in marriage.  They first lived eighteen miles south of Dupree on the Old Frame Place along Rattlesnake Creek before moving into town in 1945.  Thelma taught at various country schools and at Dupree Grade School before beginning her federal postal career in 1950.  She worked in the Dupree Post Office for 31 years, retiring as postmaster in 1981.   

Thelma had an enduring drive to serve her community and to learn about the world around her.  She had a profound love of books and was particularly interested in preserving Ziebach County history.  Thelma was active in a number of civic and community groups, including the Dupree Community Club, the Ziebach County Historical Society, and the Dupree School Alumni group.  Plays, hometown talent shows, and the Pioneer Days celebration were a few of the Dupree Community’s fun events that she was involved in.  One of her most satisfying endeavors was helping to compile what has come to be known as the “Blue History Book,” a history of Ziebach County that was published in 1982.  She also researched and compiled several books of Dupree-area historical newspaper articles and family history books.  

Jim and Thelma retired and moved to Rapid City in 1994.  After 64 years of marriage, Jim died in 2005.  Thelma later moved to Summerset Assisted Living in 2011, and to the Good Samaritan Center in 2015.

Thelma was the proud and busy mother of three boys, Gerald Frame, Gary Frame, and Jimmy Frame, all who survive her.  She is also survived by six grandchildren: Phillip Frame, Tracey Zephier, Shelby Frame, Amy Frame, Marina Camp, and Trygve Frame; four great grandchildren:  Cody Frame, Coy Fischer, Cameron Zephier, and Kieran Duffy; and two great-great grandchildren:  Cruz Frame and Brinkley Frame.   She is also survived by her sister, Beverly (Dan) Lindblom; brother-in-law, Maurice (Jane) Frame; sister-in-law, Vivian Frame, and many nieces and nephews.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Kate Johnson; her husband, Jim Frame; brothers Russell, Daniel, and Kenneth; and sisters, Gertrude Trask and Ethel Lammers.


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