LaVaye Dubro

LaVaye Dubro, 84, Iroquois, South Dakota, died Friday, July 14, 2017, at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as the result of an accident.

A funeral service was Thursday, July 20, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Iroquois. Burial was at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

LaVaye Tibbetts was born in Huron, South Dakota, on Jan. 26, 1933, to Donald and Ruth (Clement) Tibbetts, Bancroft, South Dakota.  She attended grade school and high school at Bancroft Independent School District, graduating in 1951.  Upon graduation, LaVaye moved to De Smet, South Dakota, where she was employed at Peschel Lockers.

Lavaye married Lowell Dubro of rural Iroquois on Dec. 27, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft.  Lowell was in the U.S.  Airforce and was still training, so LaVaye continued to work for Fred Peschel until she joined her husband at Andrews Airforce Base in Washington, D.C.,  from 1953 until 1955.  In April of 1955 the couple returned to the family farm.

LaVaye was baptized into the Presbyterian faith.  She joined the Lutheran faith when she was married.  LaVaye was a very active member in the church, serving on the church council, Sunday school teacher superintendent, and president of the church women.  LaVaye also served as the church lector and treasurer of the parish (Carthage, Artesian, and rural Iroquois) for ten years.  In 2002 she was recognized by the parish for her work.

In 1968 LaVaye was chosen as one of the Top Ten Women in South Dakota.  From 1972 until 1980 she owned and operated L & L Catering Service.  In 1982 she became the National Pre-Teen and Petite State Director for the South Dakota Pageant system.  LaVaye started her own pageant system in 1985 and trained over 700 young women.   

LaVaye served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, president of the Parent Teachers Association, state secretary for the South Dakota American Agriculture Movement, and lobbied in Washington, D.C., for farmers in the early 1980s. 

In 1970 LaVaye and her husband hosted exchange student Rosario Vilchez from Nicaragua for 13 months.

In 2009 LaVaye received the Spirit of South Dakota Award.

She is survived by her husband, Lowell; two daughters, Lonna (Mike) Wilson, Tea, South Dakota, and Leah (Mark) Gath, Luverne; five grandsons, Darrin TeBeest (fiancée Darcie Sauer), Sioux Falls, Jason (Shelley) TeBeest, Brandon, South Dakota,  Adam Wilson, Sioux Falls, Dalton Gath  and Stetson Gath, Luverne; a granddaughter, Ashley Wilson, Tea; four great-grandchildren;  one great-great-granddaughter;  special family member Rosario Torres;  twin brother LaVerne (Twila) Tibbetts of Blue Earth; sister Charlene Danilko, De Smet; a sister-in-law, Brenda Tibbetts, Sioux Falls; several nieces and nephews; and special friend of the family Dwayne LaFave of De Smet.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Laurie; her parents; a sister, Marjorie Tibbetts; two brothers, Donald and Craig Tibbetts; two brothers-in-law, Harvey Hoffer and Ed Danilko; and her parents-in-law, Herman and Mary Dubro.

Arrangements were by Welter Funeral Home, Huron, South Dakota,

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