Dianne Grayson

June 29, 1941 - March 28, 2023

Visitation: Visitation will be Tuesday, April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD. 

Service: Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at Canton United Methodist Church. 

Dianne Grayson, age 81, died Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.  Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday, April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.

                Dianne was born on June 29, 1941 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD to Chester and Goldie (Schliemann) Hill.  The family lived in Sioux Falls until moving to Worthing, SD in 1947.  She attended Worthing High School graduating as valedictorian of her class of 5.  She married Roy Grayson on December 5, 1959 in Canton, SD.  The couple made their home on the Grayson family farm by Worthing for 59 years. It was here they raised their two daughters, Karla and Kim.  The couple moved to Lennox, SD in the fall of 2018.

                Dianne worked in the Dime Store in Canton and spent 20 years at Haisch Pharmacy in Canton.  She enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, reading, playing cards, gardening, mowing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.  She also played the accordion with four other women in an accordion band called the “Note-ables”.

Dianne and Roy enjoyed family camping trips, riding bike trails, going for a “drive” and volunteering.  In 1994, they worked the Jimmy Carter Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build in Eagle Butte, SD.  For two summers they worked in Custer State Park from May through the Buffalo Roundup in October.

Dianne’s life touched seven generations being the only great-granddaughter, only paternal and maternal granddaughter, only daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Dianne is survived by her husband of 63 years, Roy; daughters, Karla Grayson and Kim (Todd) Sterrett; grandchildren, Matthew Sterrett and Cassandra (Daniel) Matlon; great-grandchildren, Liliana and Josephine Matlon; brother, Dale (Ardell) Hill; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

She had a loving family, good friends, and more than she needed.  She was thankful to God for giving her a good life.

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  1. Brian Robert Lind on March 28, 2023 said:

    To The Grayson family
    My Greatest condolences on the passing of Dianne. She was a world class person and certainly will be missed but not forgotten. Her smile and achievements are impeccable and her personality is above everyone. God Bless you all

  2. Rhonda Buckneberg on March 28, 2023 said:

    OMG, so sorry for this, sad news!!! Dianne was a great lady!! I loved working with her, at Haisch Pharmacy. Thinking of you all. Hugs, and Prayers!!

  3. Tami Rikansrud on March 29, 2023 said:

    What a wonderful lady. I’m so sorry Grayson family.

  4. Patty Mulder on March 29, 2023 said:

    Roy and family.
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Dianne was such a special lady.
    We are holding you in our prayers.

  5. Cindy Knutson on March 30, 2023 said:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers are with your family.

  6. Cherie Farlee on March 30, 2023 said:

    My thought and prayers are with the family as your Mom journeys to the other side.

  7. Nancy Sharon - one of the Note-ables on March 30, 2023 said:

    Grayson family so sorry to hear of your loss. So glad I had the opportunity to know her and play accordion with her.

  8. martha aasheim on March 30, 2023 said:

    Roy Grason family. So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful friend to me. I so enjoyed playing the accordion with her,she taughted me a lot during our time together. She always had a smile on her face.

  9. Sue Edwardson on March 31, 2023 said:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all…I spent many hours with Dianne as she gave me accordion lessons! She was a wonderful person!

  10. Ila Torkelson on April 1, 2023 said:


  11. NANCY A BOHLEN on April 4, 2023 said:

    A mother’s love is alive forever. In the lessons she taught, the patience she gave, and in the hearts of the children she raised. My prayers go out to you in this time of great sadness.

  12. Scott Stroman on April 5, 2023 said:

    My sincere condolences to Roy and the family. I am the grandson of Oppie and Velma Stroman, and met Roy and Dianne a few times. I know that Grandpa and Grandma spoke highly of you both. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you.

  13. Wayne n Roxie Ebright on April 7, 2023 said:


  14. Ardell & Ken Penney on April 10, 2023 said:

    So sorry to hear of you loss. Dianne was such a neat lady & enjoyed our Worthing School Days.
    Ken & I will not be able to come up for the funeral but you will be in our thoughts & prayers

  15. Vickie (and Miles) Schumacher on April 11, 2023 said:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Dianne. I am Lenora Stroman Thomson’s daughter. Lenore is Roy’s cousin. Please know we are thinking of you at this time.

  16. Jan Burg on April 11, 2023 said:

    Thank you Kim for sending me a note about your mom‘s passing. Bob and I usually would go to the Black Hills every summer and would stop to visit your parents coming or going. We did get to their Canton home at least once that I recall. And then of course, Covid sort of changed all of our lifestyles for a few years.
    Bob passed away March 22, 2023 here in Arizona at home under care of hospice. He had chronic kidney disease which was the cause of the decline of his health. He was 87 years old. We moved to Mesa Arizona, November 2021 permanently. We are in a resort park. We have a daughter that lives in Phoenix, which is about 30 minutes away.
    We enjoyed knowing your parents, even after our adventures at Custer State Park, where we met. Your mom would usually make a meal for us when we stopped on our way back to Sioux City.
    My sympathy to you, your dad and sister and families. Sincerely, Jan Burg.