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Elizabeth "Betty" LaCompte

Elizabeth "Betty" LaCompte

Elizabeth "Betty" LaCompte, 89, of Winner, SD passed away Monday, December 16, 2013 at the Avera Gregory Hospital in Gregory, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:00am at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the church on Friday, December 20, from 6-7pm with the Liturgy of the Christian Wake service beginning at 7:00pm.

Elizabeth (Betty) Louise LaCompte, a long time Tripp County resident, was born May 16, 1924 to John and Mary (Kryszak) Speckman at their farm homestead in Winner, South Dakota. On December 16, 2013, she passed away at the Avera Gregory Healthcare Center in Gregory, South Dakota at the age of 89.

On March 27, 1945, she married George F. LaCompte. They resided on the family homestead east of Winner, South Dakota along with their parents Anna and Maurice Renot and engaged in a farming and ranching operation.

Elizabeth attended grade school at the West Banner Township School and graduated from Winner High School in 1942. She was a member of the VFW, the Catholic Daughters, the Neighborhood Extension Birthday Club and the Immaculate Conception Church.

Elizabeth loved quilting and working in her vegetable and flower gardens. She was always trying out new recipes and making cookies to put in the freezer for all the grandchildren to find. She was a lover of any flavor of jam or jelly, and you could always count on her to make her delicious stuffing at holiday gatherings. She always added the right amount of love to each and every recipe she made.

She is survived by her five children: Michael (Eileen) LaCompte, Timberlake, South Dakota, Gary (Jo Ann) LaCompte, Tyndall, South Dakota, Linda (Roger) Root, Winner, South Dakota, Marilyn (Barry) Grossenburg, Winner, South Dakota and David LaCompte, Wagner, South Dakota, 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, sister Dorothy Parlet and brother-in-law Alfred Koos.

She was preceded in deathh by her parents John and Mary Speckman, her husband George, siblings Esther Bartels, Agnes, Jake, Johnny, Frank, James, Lawrence and Margaret Koos.

Elizabeth will always be remembered as a very loving and caring person. She always said if you find a penny on the ground wherever you walk, always pick it up - it's a penny from heaven. Goodbye Mom, we will love you forever.