Obituary: Twila Eilene Shotley


July 1, 2022

Twila Eilene Shotley, 78, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota passed away June 25, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Society Center in Sioux Falls.

Twila Eilene Johnson was born on July 22, 1943, in Cloquet to William and Nannie (Bjerk) Johnson. She was married to Leon Shotley on March 31, 1962. They had two daughters.

She was a stay-at-home mother until the youngest was in first grade. Then Eilene was a lunch aide at Leach School, where the girls went to school. She was talented in crafts, painting, drawing and writing. When the girls were older, she worked at KBJR TV in Duluth, doing payroll. After retiring in the winter of 2007, Leon and Eilene moved to Sioux Falls. She enjoyed going to plays at the Washington Pavilion, concerts at the Old Courthouse Museum, and all of Esther’s concerts and activities. Eilene was a member of Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church. She enjoyed her card nights with friends and her Bible study group.

Eilene is survived by two daughters, Leea (Bob) Ryan, New Jersey, and Leesa Rabenberg, Sioux Falls; three grandchildren, Erik Ryan, Oahu, Hawaii, Kayla Ryan, New Jersey, and Esther Rabenberg, Sioux Falls; brother-in-law Ralph Paulson; sister-in-law Evelyn Putnam; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, with a private burial service to take place at a later date. The livestream may be viewed at In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Abiding Savior Academy. Arrangements by Heartland Funeral Home & Cremation Services,


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