Cecilia A. McRae

Cecilia A. McRae, age 92, of Kadoka, died Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, September 24, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, with Father Brian Sorensen as celebrant.

Music was provided by JoAnne Stilwell, organist, and Tim Polzin, vocalist. Lectors were Jane and Gerry Oligmueller. Speaker was Scott McRae. Ushers were Jim Berry and Chuck VanderMay. Pallbearers were Tom and Scott Kelley, Todd, Brian and Scott McRae, and Ken Ziegler.

Interment was in the Kadoka Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka was in charge of the arrangements.

Cecilia (Lesmeister) McRae was born January 9th, 1913 in Montrose, MO, the daughter of Norbert and Anna (Volmer) Lesmeister. She moved to Draper, SD, when she was nine years old and lived there until she graduated from high school in 1932. She then moved to Kadoka and worked at the Dacotah Hotel.

She was united in marriage to Harold McRae on September 26, 1934.

She was always a very loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Cecilia worked many years at the Kadoka Nursing Home. Her many hobbies included gardening, playing cards and spending time with her family and loved ones. She was also very active in the Catholic church in Kadoka.

Cecilia recently moved to Colorado to be closer to her family and has enjoyed shopping and being with her family. She will be dearly missed by all.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory a son, Richard McRae and his wife, Janice, of Centennial, CO; three daughters, Jeanette Cote of Denver, CO, Janis Kelley of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Kathleen Nelson and her husband, George, of Brookings, SD; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cecilia was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years,

Harold McRae; two brothers, Norbert and Leonard Lesmeister; and four sisters, Marie Traylor, Leona Hilditch, Martha Cromwell and Lorraine Lesmeister.

A memorial is established.