Dottie Leoline LaVanway born in Flandreau SD Jan 22, 1887 and died March 25, 1904 aged 17 years. Her illness extended for over several months and often with great pain, but during it all she bore it with great fortitude and ptience. A short service was held at the residence after which the remains were taken to the M.E. church, which was beautifully decorated with floral emblems of loving hearts and hands of her many friends. The funeral was the largest ever held in Vienna and a large number were unable to get into the church to witness the ceremonies. The funeral sermon was preached by the pastor, Rev. J. T. Allen, when the remains were folloed to the cemetery by her loving friends, where they were laid away to await the Resurrection morn. Father, mother, and two sisters of the deceased are left to mourn her pass.
Card of thanks:
To the many kind friends who so generously assisted us during the sickness and death of our daughter Dottie, and also for the beautiful flowers received, we desire to express to our kind neighbors and friends our most heartfelt thanks. H.F. LaVanway and family.
transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper. No names given for parents, other than initials H. F.