HIGHMORE, SD – Viola “Vicki” LaFortune, 91, of Highmore, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Highmore Health in Highmore, SD.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., followed by a 6:00 p.m. prayer service, Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Luze Funeral Home, Highmore with Pastor Roger Day officiating. Burial will be at the Highmore Cemetery.
Vicki was born January 14, 1928 to Sam Bob and Dolphy Ada (Parlin) Dalton. She grew up with one older brother, Forest and three younger brothers, Ralph, Jay and Jimmie. Vicki was associated with the Seventh-day Adventist religion throughout her childhood. She was raised on a farm near the Ashdown Ranch until she was seven and then moved to Loomis township, where she attended grade school. She often told the story of her and her brother Ralph walking two miles to school and the neighbor’s bull pawing the fence line, scaring them until they reached the school house. When she reached her teens, she attended the Redfield Academy for two years.
On December 20, 1945 she married Llewllyn David LaFortune. To this union 8 children were born, Ronald David, Janice Rae, Janell Kay, Robert Westly, Randy Jay. Janita Fay, Jolynn Gay and Jeanna Mae; joining the family later was Charlotte Rouse.
While raising her family of nine children, she worked fifteen years as a housekeeper for Clayton Jennings and later for the Hyde County Court House as a custodian, retiring at the age of 70. During those years she was very proud of the restoring, refinishing and remodeling work she did on her big house across from the auditorium. Vicki was always busy stripping and refinishing antique furniture, crocheting doilies or sewing and quilting quilts, giving many of her items to her children. She also loved volunteering at the thrift store and working in her yard,
Vicki was a giving and loving mother always thinking of her children and grandchildren. She later moved to Spearfish to help raise her granddaughters, Aranda and Alyssa LaFortune. Her generosity and kindness will be missed by her family.
Vicki is survived by her children: Ronald (Linda) LaFortune, Janice (Jerry) Vlcek, Janell Boschee, Robert LaFortune, Randy LaFortune, Janita (Doug) Lueders, Jolynn (Jeff) Shuford, Jeanna (Clint) Schafer and Charlotte Rouse; brothers: Forest, Jay and Jimmie Dalton; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Llewllyn; parents, Sam and Dolphy Dalton; brother, Ralph; infant sister; son-in-law, Duane Boschee and nephew, Terry Dalton.
Luze Funeral Home of Highmore has been entrusted with Viola’s arrangements. Visit www.familyfuneralhome.net