Belle Ravellette, age 75 of Philip, S.D., died Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Luella Belle Vaughn was born January 10, 1936, in Gregory County, S.D., the daughter of Dallas and Dorothy (Bennett) Vaughn. Belle grew up and attended school in Tripp and Gregory counties.
Belle was united in marriage to Lester Ravellette on November 15, 1953, at Gregory. They made their home in Gregory until moving to Sturgis in 1959. They moved to Philip in January 1960. In January 1963, they purchased the Pioneer Review newspaper in Philip, where together they worked and raised their family.
In addition to the Pioneer Review, they purchased the Pennington County Courant in Wall in 1978, and the Kadoka Press in Kadoka in 1989, forming Ravellette Publications, Inc. Les and Belle took much pride in the newspaper industry and keeping the individual personality of each community newspaper.
Belle was a member of the United Church of Philip, a charter member of the Haakon County Business & Professional Women, the Haakon County Jaycettes, Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Philip Chapter #100, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #173, Haakon County Hospital Auxiliary, Bad River Senior Citizens and the Community Betterment Committee.
Belle enjoyed her Wednesday morning bowling league. She loved to play cards, especially gathering the family around for a game of 10 point pitch. She also enjoyed traveling with her friends and family, which travels included a bus trip to the Rose Bowl parade in California.
Belle's love for her family and the joy that each and every one of them brought her, was obvious by the smile on her face.
Grateful for having shared her life are her four children and their families, Trudye Fosness and her husband, Dan, of Sioux Falls, and their children, Nicholas (Jenny) Fosness and Sydney, Ashley, Cole and Graham, Matthew (Mary) Fosness and Mason and Dawson, and Ryan Fosness; Jolene Haynes and her husband, Don, of Philip, and their children Heather (Justin) Schreiber and Kaitlin, Rylee, and Brianna, Brad (Tanya) Haynes and Jaida, Talan, Terik, Melanie (Jake) Jobgen and Caiden and Colin; Ronnie Ravellette and Lori Schocker of Mitchell and his children, Derek (Melissa) Ravellette and Julia and Jackson, Dallas (Arianna Stewart) Ravellette and Hallie and Landon, Dylan Ravellette, Stephanie (Lance) Fountain and Blaise and Braden, and Josh Smith; Donnie Ravellette and his wife, Tami, of Philip, and their children, Tasya Ravellette, Beau (Mary) Ravellette and their children, Gage and Taryn, Tonya Ravellette and Tara Ravellette.
Belle is also survived by seven brothers, Donald (Lue) Vaughn of Winner, Derald (JoAnn) Vaughn of Burke, Dennis (Cindy) Vaughn of Dallas, Lloyd (Sally) Vaughn of Mitchell, Jerry (Bev) Vaughn of Burke, Randy (Jean) Vaughn of Newell, and Jim (Judy) Vaughn of Golden, Colo.; five sisters-in-law, Melva Vaughn of Redfield, Claudia Vaughn of Mitchell, Ruth Ravellette of Terrell, Texas, Liz Ravellette of Rapid City, and Lucy Ravellette of California; a brother-in-law Fred Fode of Oracle, Ariz.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Belle was preceded in death by her husband, Les, on October 1, 1993; her parents, Dallas and Dorothy Vaughn; her sister, Lois Fode; three brothers, Leo, Merle and Billy Vaughn; three brothers-in-law, Samual, Richard and Glenn Ravellette; a grandson, Dexter Ravellette; her mother in-law, Elsie Ravellette; and her special friend, Durward "Dud" Wheeler.
Services were held Saturday, October 15, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Music was provided by Sally Jankord, pianist, Lyndy Ireland and Joyce Wheeler, vocalists.
Ushers were Jeff Penticoff and Miles Wheeler. Pallbearers were Nick, Matt and Ryan Fosness, Brad Haynes, Derek, Dallas, Dylan and Beau Ravellette. Honorary pallbearers were Belle's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com