Charlotte Lawrence was like a flower
Mass of Christian Burial for Charlotte Lawrence, 95 of Whitehorse, was held Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at All Saints Catholic Church in Eagle Butte.
Burial was at St. Theresa Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Charlotte passed away Feb. 24, 2014, at the Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge.
Charlotte (Rousseau) Lawrence, Win Cante’ Waste, Good Hearted Woman, was born on Feb. 4, 1919, at Cheyenne River Agency, to Francis and Molly (Traversie) Rousseau. She lived in the Whitehorse area until April 2012 when she moved to Mobridge Golden LivingCenter and resided there until the time of her death. She attended Stephan Catholic Boarding School until the 11th grade and then graduated from Cheyenne River Agency Boarding School in 1938.
Charlotte married Clarence Lawrence on Feb. 16, 1940, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Whitehorse. They were soon blessed with the births of their children, Clarence “Pepsi,” Justin, Roger, Paul, Richard, Arlyn, Patricia and Marty. Charlotte worked for the White Horse Headstart as a cook and then for the South Dakota Extension Office. She enjoyed working with families and reminiscing about the days she worked with the extension program. She retired in 1982 to be a full-time rancher’s wife. Clarence and Charlotte loved their ranch and the fulfilling life it brought.
Charlotte was known to many as a very knowledgeable homemaker. A person never needed the Internet or history book when Charlotte was around. If you had a question about baking, cooking, knitting, sewing, gardening, canning or any other household question, she knew the answer. Many days, she would receive phone calls from family members or friends asking questions on how to bake or cook something. Card games were one of her favorite pastimes; she would play a competitive cribbage game with anyone who was willing to try and loved playing the card game “golf” with a large group of friends and family, although whomever sat next to her, had a tendency to win. The grandkids and nieces all wanted to sit next to grandma.
Clarence and Charlotte loved to watch rodeos, often they had a son or grandchild participating. Some of their quiet enjoyable times were sitting on their deck with each other in the evening just enjoying the outdoors. She loved each of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren dearly and enjoyed chatting with them as often as possible.
Charlotte was a woman of very strong faith; she always offered prayers to whoever needed them. She was member of St. Theresa Catholic Church her entire life. She was known for baking bread for the Holy Thursday mass every year.
Charlotte is survived by seven children, Justin (Jenny) Lawrence of White Horse, Roger (Mona) Lawrence of Parade, Paul (Jolene) Lawrence of Eagle Butte, Richard (Lisa) Lawrence of Parade, Arlyn (Cheryl) Lawrence of Promise, Pat Lawrence of White Horse and Marty (Monica) Lawrence of White Horse; daughter-in-law, Tootsie Lawrence of Mobridge; sister, Becky Bear of Denver, Colo.; three sisters-in-law, Melda Lee of Lewiston, Calif., Mae LeBeau of Box Elder and Wanda Warren of Redding, Calif.; 30 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and Godchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; son, Pepsi; daughter-in-law, Betty Lawrence; grandson, Shannon Lawrence; granddaughter-in-law, Leva Lawrence; two infant grandchildren; parents, Francis and Molly Rousseau; two brothers, Joe Bush Rousseau and Narcisse Rousseau; and sisters, Ester Bentley, Delphine Lawrence, Jenny Nelson, and Margaret Avery.
“Charlotte was like a flower, wherever she was planted she bloomed.”