Deborah “Debbe” Lawrence


Mass of Christian Burial for Deborah “Debbe” Lawrence, 61, of Whitehorse will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. MST at the CEB School Auditorium in Eagle
Butte, S.D.  Burial will be in the Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.  A Rosary Prayer service will be held Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the All Saints Catholic Church in Eagle Butte. Debbe passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck.  Relatives and friends will meet at the 4 mile junction Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. MST.

Deborah Lee Ducheneaux Lawrence (Luskiyapi Ku Win, Woman Who Gives Happiness) 61, of White Horse passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck North Dakota with her loving family by her side.  Debbe was born on January 26, 1952, to Tuffy and Mary (Collins) Ducheneaux at the Cheyenne River Old Agency.  Debbe was born the thirteenth child of fourteen loving siblings.  She grew up on her parent’s ranch in Promise, S.D.  During her elementary years, Debbe, attended the Promise and White Horse Day Schools.  She graduated in 1971, from the Catholic boarding school in Stephan, S.D.  After graduation, Debbe then 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, S.D.  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 her receiving the National Paraprofessional of the Year award, in Denver, Colorado.

Debbe adored attending sporting events of her children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.  Her love for board games, cards, 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 JC 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 throughout her lifetime.

She is survived by her husband of almost 41 years, Ross Lawrence of White Horse and her children: Jason (Sheryl) Lawrence of Ashland, M.T.; Kristie (Justin) Goehring of Herreid, S.D.; Cody (Mary) Lawrence of Timber Lake, S.D.; Misty Lawrence (Josh Goehring) of Herreid, S.D.; Michelle Walking Elk of Lantry, S.D.   Grandchildren: Bryce Lawrence, Jimmi Lawrence, Brendan Walking Elk, Brandyn Goehring, JC Lawrence, Demi Lawrence, Ashley Lawrence, Carlie Lawrence, Natalie Lawrence, Alexis Goehring, Braden Lawrence, Kylie Lawrence, Eizley Goehring, and one great grandson, Bentley Lawrence.  Siblings: Audrey (Bob) Hagel, Janice (Al) Aberle, Sharon (Duane) Keller, Arlyce (Bill) Weintjes, Mary Jane (Dick) Anderson, Tommy (Hilda) Ducheneaux, Lila (Ronnie) Long, Bunny (Frank) Thompson and her aunt Edith Burrell. Mother in Law Alivina 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.  Sisters: Phyllis Gunville, Deloris Ward, and Marilyn “Butchie” Thompson.  Brothers: Lyle Ducheneaux and Roman Ducheneaux.  Nephew TJ Ducheneaux and Nieces, Guyla Gunville, Claudine Ducheneaux.  Brother in Laws: Dick Ward, Vincent Thompson, Delbert Lamb, Elmer Gunville, Al Weaver and Ford Ducheneaux.