In the tight knit community of Custer, Ruth Ziolkowski's legacy will always be remembered.
"She'll be missed. Whenever there was an event up there she was always around it didn't matter what time it was. So I always enjoyed seeing her when I was up there," said Kelly Miller, who lives in Custer.
"It is quite sad that she passed. The whole community during this time was very supportive and kept her in their prayers," said Fred Baumann, Information Associate at Custer Chamber of Commerce.
People appreciate how involved she was with the community.
"Building the college up there the last two years and just the involvement she has gotten involved with the prom and a lot of other projects that the community has," said Miller.
Baumann says while it is a sad time people should recognize all her accomplishments.
"She wants a celebration of her life and a continuance of that dream," said Baumann.
Baumann says people in Custer have been keeping Ruth in their prayers.
"People have been very interested. Some even locals would come in and ask, 'have you heard how Mrs. Z is doing?'"
And now she won't be forgotten.
"There are going to be memorials and memories. She was very strong about building memories," said Baumann.
People have their own special memories of her.
"Personally every time I talked to her on the phone I got tongue tied. Because she is a very fantastic lady, but she would always make people feel at home," said Baumann.
She will be remembered for her selflessness.
"She liked to be there to help people, she wasn't looking for the glory," said Miller.