Charlotte Lawrence

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(Win Cante’ Waste, Good Hearted Woman)
February 4, 1919 – February 24, 2014.
Mass of Christian Burial for Charlotte Lawrence, 95, of White Horse was Friday, February 28, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church in Eagle Butte. Burial was at St. Theresa Catholic Cemetery at White Horse under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Charlotte passed away February 24, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Mobridge. Charlotte Rousseau (Win Cante' Waste, Good Hearted Woman) was born on February 4, 1919 at Cheyenne River Agency to Francis and Molly (Traversie) Rousseau. She lived in the White Horse area until April, 2012 when she moved to the Golden Living Center. She attended Stephan Catholic Boarding School until the 11th grade, then graduated from Cheyenne River Agency Boarding School in 1938. Charlotte married Clarence Lawrence on February 16, 1940 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in White Horse. They were soon blessed with their children, Clarence "Pepsi", Justin, Roger, Paul, Richard, Arlyn, Patricia and Marty. Charlotte worked for the White Horse Head Start 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 past times; 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 whoever 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. 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, and Pat Lawrence and Marty (Monica) Lawrence of White Horse; daughter-in-law Tootsie Lawrence of Mobridge; sister Becky Bear of Denver, CO; three sisters-in-law— Melda Lee of Lewiston, CA, Mae LeBeau of Box Elder, and Wanda Warren of Redding, CA; 30 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren, 14 great-greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and Godchildren. She is 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; her parents Francis and Molly Rousseau; two brothers, Joe Bush Rousseau and Narcisse Rousseau; and sisters—Esther Bentley, Delphine Lawrence, Jenny Nelson, and Margaret Avery. (The family address is HC 30 Box 86, Mobridge, SD 57601.)
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