Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Elizabeth Bourke Lanctot

Mrs. Lanctot “Goes Home.”

Armour Lady Passes to the Great Beyond

Armour Herald, Armour, South Dakota,
26 December 1930, p. 4, col. 2
One of Douglas County’s best known pioneer women – Mrs. Eliza Lanctot – passed away on Monday, December 22, 1930, at her home in Armour.  She had suddenly contracted pneumonia and because of her advanced age, was unable to withstand the ravages of the illness.

Mrs. Lanctot was born on February 2, 1861, and died at the age of 69 years, 10 months and 20 days.

Her birthplace was Greenbush, Mich.  Fifty-one years ago she was married to Zenophile Lanctot at Fremond, Neb.  To this union six sons and two daughters were born, of whom two sons and two daughters survive.  The sons are Elmer of Chicago, and Art of Armour, the daughters, Mrs. Josephine Luchsinger of St. Paul and Mrs. Marie Barnes of Armour.

Mr. and Mrs. Lanctot homesteaded in Charles Mix county [sic] in 1883 and came to Armour in 1900.  For the past thirty years Mrs. Lanctot was in the same location, owning and operating the Armour house, still in operation.  Mr. Lanctot died in 1913.

Practically everyone in Douglas county and many in other nearby sections knew Mrs. Lanctot, who was one of the state’s few women to own and manage a hotel by herself.  She was highly esteemed by neighbors and friends and she will be greatly missed in Armour.

Mrs. Lanctot was a fine Christian woman, and always had a good word and pleasant greeting for everyone.  Mrs. Lanctot for many years had been a neighbor of the Herald force and during that time we entertained the highest regard for her sterling qualities.  We but wish we could pay an adequate tribute to her memory.  We are saddened, with many others, in the loss of a genuine friend.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. George’s Catholic church, Rev. Father Carey officiating, and burial was made in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Mrs. Luchsinger of St Paul and Elmer Lanctot of Chicago came to Armour for the last rites.

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