Adeline Lucille La Plante Van Dusen

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January 27, 1918– March 14, 2019

On Tuesday, March 14, 2019, Adeline Lucille VanDusen, 101, passed away in Lacey, WA from injuries sustained in a fall at her home on March 4. She had just celebrated her 101st birthday with family on January 27. Lucille was the last surviving member of her family. Her lineage was a rich one, consisting of both Native Americans (She was a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) and immigrants. She and her twin sister, Adelaide Lucy, were born at the family ranch, 13 miles southwest of Timber Lake, on January 27, 1918, the youngest children of Alexander and Johannah (Madsen) LaPlante.

Her grandparents were Louis LaPlante, a French-Canadian, and his wife, Nancy Garreau. Her mother was the daughter of Truels Madsen, a pioneer South Dakota cattleman, and his wife, Karen, who, like Truels, was from Denmark.

When she was a small girl, Lucille’s family moved to Spearfish, where her parents worked for the Normal School. 


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