Sara Danforth Aasland Wills
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Sara Danforth Aasland Wills, age 76, of Yankton, South Dakota died Sunday, October 20, 2013 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A memorial service will be 10:30 AM on Friday, October 25, 2013, at Christ Episcopal Church in Yankton with Reverend James Pearson officiating. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Christ Episcopal Church in Yankton with a prayer service and time of sharing at 7:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.

Sara Danforth Aasland Wills was born March 3, 1937, in Yankton, South Dakota to Hugh and Evalyth "Micky" Danforth. Her childhood and schooling was split between Yankton, South Dakota and Laguna Beach, California. She graduated from Mount Marty High School in 1955 in Yankton. After high school, Sara attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and where she met Delton Aasland. Sara graduated from USD with a Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1959. Sara married Delton Aasland on June 17, 1959. They moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and later to San Diego, California. They moved back to Yankton in 1965 where they made their home and raised their two sons.

Sara was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church where she served on the Altar Guild. Sara spent time and energy with Questers, PEO and the Yankton Historical Society. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Beta Sigma Phi. She loved traveling all over the world, visiting with friends and family and collecting antique valentines. Throughout her life she owned several schnauzers and loved any four-legged friend. She was a wonderful historian who devoted much time to researching family genealogy as well as the history of Yankton.

Delton passed away March 8, 1998. Sara later reconnected with her old sweetheart Mike Wills, at their 45th Laguna Beach High School reunion, and they were married on June 16, 2002.

In her later years, Sara loved nothing more than spending time with her sons and their families. She loved attending her grandchildren's sporting events and musical performances. She lived a life full of laughter and she was an eternal story-teller. She had the ability to connect with anyone she met. You were a stranger for but a minute and then became a life-long friend. She had boundless energy, always thinking of others and enriching their lives through stories, kind words and thoughtful mementos. She was a living example of what it is to love your neighbor.

Survivors include her husband, Mike Wills of Yankton; two sons, Rev. Dr. Erik (Kim) Aasland of Altadena, California and J.D. (Betsy) Aasland of San Clemente, California; six grandchildren: Laura, Nate, Lily, Linnea, Emmy, and Naomi; and a sister-in-law, Charlotte Warwar of Laguna Woods, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delton; and her sister, Betsy Hobson.




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Sending thoughts and prayers on the passing of a wonderful woman, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Tonya Hartman-Roman (friend of Cindy, Time & Jay)


to my dear aunt sara may u finally be at peace and join mom & the rest of our departed family members.

jay hobson


Eric, JD and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We loved your mother, she was very kind, thoughtful and very caring. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Dan & Kate Boyles Erickson


The world has lost a very special lady with your mother's passing. I will always remember your mother for how friendly and accepting she was of JD's friends. I met your mother when our car broke down on the way home to Rapid City from Vermillion on Easter weekend. I called JD to see if we could stay with him and your mother took me and another friend in for the weekend and made us feel right at home. I always enjoyed your mother's smile and positive outlook. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

Steve Schacht


I loved your mom, and wish that I could have spent more time with her these past years. I am so sorry for your loss, JD, and family. I will be thinking about all of you as you gather in Yankton to celebrate her wonderful life.

Judi Arnold Steege


Sara and i went too Mount Marty High School together. I loved hearing her tell about the fashions and fads from California.Her smile and optimism were her trademark. She was so fun to be with. We kept together through Christmas Cards. She told me about her sons Eric and JD growing up. She loved you boys so much. More recently Sara and Michael visited us in Pocatello, ID on their way to Seattle. She will truly be missed by all who knew her. She is in Heaven now interceding for all of you family members.

Rosemary Schneider Kollars Nett


Sara was, quite simply, one of the most generous people I've ever met in my life. One of the joys of moving back to Laguna has been getting to know her better. Her death leaves a real gap in my life. Much love to her family.

Glenna Matthews


Our deepest sympathy to Michael , JD & family & Erik & family .

From, Barrie , Brenda , Daniel & Robert Hardman .Somerset , England .


Sara and I met through the shared joy of ancestry. She introduced me to the stories of our shared family that I never knew, and I was proud to have her refer to me as cousin.

She was such a joy to be with and generous with her time and effort to help me fill in the gaps of our family. I loved hearing her tell me the stories of her memories with my mother and a great-grandmother I never knew. I wish I had been able to spend more time with her, but I am forever grateful for what time I did have.

I send my love and prayers to Michael and her family.

Lisa Eddy


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