Deborah “Debbe” Lawrence

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Mass of Christian Burial for Deborah “Debbe” Lawrence, 61, of White Horse was Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School Auditorium in Eagle Butte. Burial was in the Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of
Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Deborah Lee Ducheneaux Lawrence (Iuskiyapi Ku Win - “Woman Who Gives Happiness”) passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck, ND with her loving family
by her side. Debbe was born on January 26, 1952 to Ernest “Tuffy” and Mary (Collins) Ducheneaux at the Old Cheyenne River Agency. Debbe was the 13th of 14 siblings. She grew up on her parents’ ranch in Promise. During her elementary years, Debbe attended the Promise and White Horse day schools. She graduated in 1971, from the Catholic boarding
school in Stephan. After graduation, she attended Black Hills State University before returning home to begin her career in education and to marry the love of her life, Ross Lawrence. Ross and Debbe were married on February 22, 1973 at St. Isaac Jogues in Rapid City. To this union, four children were born, Jason, Kristie, Cody, and Misty. With this marriage, Debbe inherited a daughter, Michelle whom she loved as her very own. Ross and Debbe established their home seven miles southwest of White Horse, where she enjoyed watching her children grow into adults. Debbe loved to be involved
in all of her children’s activities; she was their number one fan. Debbe was in the education system  for 40 years working at Promise Day School, White Horse Day School, and retiring at Tiospaye Topa School. She was a person who had an impact on the lives of the many children she taught and the people she worked with. Her dedication and passion for
education was recognized by receiving the National Paraprofessional of the Year award, in Denver, CO. Debbe adored attending sporting events of her children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. Her love for board games, cards, and marbles gave her a competitive spirit that her children inherited and will never forget. Ross and Debbe enjoyed spending their time at Friday night bingo and special casino outings. One of Debbe’s fondest memories was being
able to attend the Indian National Finals Rodeo (which her grandson J.C. qualified for) in Las Vegas for the past three years with her family. Debbe was a devout Catholic and served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. Her devotion to St. Theresa’s Parish in White Horse was proven time and time again by her many acts of service. She is survived by her husband of almost 41 years, Ross Lawrence of White Horse, and her children: Jason (Sheryl) Lawrence of Ashland, MT,
Kristie (Justin) Goehring of Herreid, Cody (Mary) Lawrence of Timber Lake, Misty Lawrence (Josh Goehring) of Herreid, and Michelle Walking Elk of Lantry; grandchildren— Bryce Lawrence, Jimmi Lawrence, Brendan Walking Elk, Brandyn Goehring, J.C. Lawrence, Demi Lawrence,Ashley Lawrence, Carlie Lawrence, Natalie Lawrence, Alexis Goehring, Braden Lawrence, Kylie Lawrence, and Eizley Goehring, and one greatgrandson, Bentley Lawrence; siblings: Audrey (Bob) Hagel, Janice (Al) Aberle, Sharon (Duane) Keller, Arlyce (Bill) Wientjes, Mary Jane (Dick) Anderson, Tommy (Hilda)
Ducheneaux, Lila (Ronnie) Long, and Bunny (Frank) Thompson; her aunt Edith Burrell; mother-in-law Alvina Lawrence; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Tuffy and Mary Ducheneaux; father- in-law Art Lawrence; and granddaughter Haylee Pearman; three sisters— Phyllis Gunville, Deloris Ward, and Marilyn “Butchie” Thompson; two brothers, Lyle Ducheneaux and Roman Ducheneaux; nephews T.J. Ducheneaux and Ford Ducheneaux;
nieces Guyla Gunville and Claudine Ducheneaux; and brothers-in-law Dick Ward, Vincent Thompson, Delbert Lamb, Elmer Gunville, and Al Weaver. (Ross Lawrence’s address is PO Box 32, White Horse, SD 57661.) 
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