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Alvena Lucille Hale, 87, of Vermillion, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998, in her home.

Alvena Williams was born Nov. 13, 1910 in Carlock, to Earnest and Orilla (Carlisle) Williams. She attended Hillcrest grade school in Colome, and Colome High School. She was a high school graduate.

She married Archibald (Archie) Hale on Dec. 15, 1932 in Winner. He died in 1980. They farmed in the Wood area for about nine years, and moved to Meckling in 1942. They moved to Vermillion in 1943.

Alvena was a housewife, and raised six children She attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Vermillion for over 40 years, and she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1 for 55 years.

She was a very active participant and volunteer at the Senior Citizens Center for over 20 years, where she made flowers for the other members. She was a volunteer at the nursing home for many years. She spent many years traveling and visiting relatives, researching and compiling the family's genealogy. She was currently attending the First Baptist Church in Vermillion.

Survivors include: two sons, Roger and Barbara Hale of Creighton, NE, and LuRay and Barbara Hale of Sacramento, CA; three daughters, V. (Vivian) Hale Starr of Carefree, AZ, Normagene and Vernon Hughes of Sioux City, IA, and Bobbie (Zelilah) and Hank Okazaki of Portland, OR; three brothers, Marvin and Dorothy Williams of White River, Franklin Williams of Oakland, CA, and Wayne Williams of Los Angeles, CA; six sisters, Thelma Farner of Fairfield, CA, Viola Budde of Sioux City, IA, Goldie and Arthur Petera of Long Beach, CA, Vera and Russell Morgan of Lake Andes, Pauline Bennett of Snowflake, AZ, and Freda and Jack Ridenour of Kingman, AZ; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Her parents, her husband Archie, two sons, Tom and Arnold W., two grandchildren, a brother, Lowell, and a sister, Odessa, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be Friday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Vermillion, with the Rev. Sandy Aakre officiating. Burial will be Monday at 1 p.m. in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.

Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is in charge of arrangements.

Phil Crew

Phillips Barton Crew was born on Jan 18, 1916, in Hot Springs, to Milo E. and Winnie P. Crew. He died Oct. 13, 1998, in Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, following a lengthy illness.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 at the United Methodist Church, Vermillion. As a child, he moved to Sioux Falls with his family and graduated from Washington High School. He attended The University of South Dakota in Vermillion where he belonged to Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

He graduated with a BA in history and received his LL.B. from USD School of Law in 1939. After graduation, he joined the law firm of Payne & Olson in Vermillion.

On Aug. 11, 1940, Phil Crew married Betty Beasom in Wessington Springs.

On Oct. 25, 1941, a disgruntled litigant came to the Payne & Olson offices and fatally shot John Olson with a .12 gauge shotgun in the reception room. He then shot at John Payne but missed him. Mr. Crew grappled with the assailant, attempting to disarm him. Fighting for the weapon, the two men tumbled down the stairs out onto the sidewalk where the assailant was arrested. Mr. Crew served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He commanded a company of paratroopers in the 11th Airborne Division which fought in the Pacific Theater. His unit saw action in several campaigns, including the liberation of Manila. After the war, he remained in the Army Reserves retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After the war, he returned to Vermillion and opened a law practice with his brother Wynn. They also operated a real estate and insurance agency, an abstract company, and a microfilm company. He was active in community affairs in the Vermillion area. He served as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 66 for several years and later received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his contributions to scouting.

He was active in the Vermillion Lions Club, serving as District Governor for South Dakota in 1955. He served on the boards of Dakota Hospital and Clay-Union Health Foundation. He was also active in the Chamber of Commerce, Vermillion Development Corp., VFW, the United Way, and other community organizations.

Phil Crew was a lifetime supporter of The University of South Dakota. He served as Secretary of the University Foundation for many years. He was presented with the Alumni Achievement Award by USD in 1989 and received the first Diamond Award from the USD Foundation in 1997. In addition to his wife, he is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Karen Crew of Sioux Falls, daughter and son-in-law Mary and Jack Smart of Vermillion, and daughter Margaret Crew of Vermillion, and granddaughter Amy Morgan Crew of Winter Park, FL.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Vermillion Day Care Center or The University of South Dakota Foundation.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home of Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

LaRena Johnson

LaRena A. Jackson Johnson, 94, Vermillion, died Oct. 17, 1998 at Dakota Care Center, Vermillion.

Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with Father Don Imming officiating. Burial was in Grace Hill Cemetery, Hawarden, IA. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

LaRena was born April 16, 1904 in Union County to John and Amanda (Davis) Hendricks. She attended Union County Rural School and Mount Hope. She married George Crow in 1922.

She later married J. Hughy Jackson in 1948 and moved to Vermillion. He died in 1973. She married Melvin (Alex) Johnson in 1977 and he died in 1996.

LaRena worked for George Wells grocery in Chatsworth, IA, and B.J. Hyink, Hawarden, IA. She worked for the K & K Co. in Hawarden for many years. She also worked for the J.C. Penney Co., JoEllen's and The Four Seasons as a seamstress in Vermillion. She retired at age 75.

LaRena was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, and the Eagles Auxiliary, where she was Mrs. Eagle in 1984.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, seven brothers, four sisters, a step-daughter, and a step-grandson.

Survivors include her daughter Georgia Crow, Rapid City; son Dallas and his wife Margie of Hawarden, IA; brother Charles and wife Jessie Hendricks, Chatsworth, IA; sister-in-law Gladys Hendricks, Beresford; step-children Floyd Lennon, Akron, IA, Betty Larkin, Harrisburg, PA, Melvin Johnson, Kirkland, WA; six granddaughters; five step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

James Arthur Swensen

James Arthur Swensen, 77, of Irene, died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998 at his residence in Irene.

Mr. Swensen was born July 29, 1921 to Arthur and Addie (Fastrup) Swensen on the family farm near Irene. He attended Mayfield Country School and one year of high school at Irene Public School.

He married Catherine Beck on Oct. 22, 1955 at Philadelphia, PA.

James farmed for many years beginning with his father on their family farm, and continuing with his son Art. He quit farming in 1990 due to his health, upon which the couple moved to Irene. James enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors.

In addition to his wife Catherine, survivors include, one son Art Swensen and special friend Jo Abbott of Irene, two sisters; Bertha Anderson of Beresford, Adeline Jensen of Lakewood, CA, one brother Kenneth Swensen of CA and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and one sister, Gladys, precede him in death.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Tue., Oct. 20, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene. Burial followed in Turkey Valley Lutheran Cemetery, rural Irene.

Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Mon., Oct. 19, with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. Family was present from 7 to 8 p.m.

Rosabell "Rose" Smith

Rosabell L. Ven was born June 11, 1901 near Elk Point to parents Jens and Randi (Gunderson) Ven and entered into death on Oct. 14, 1998 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Centerville at the age of 97 years, four months and three days.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 17, at the Scandia Lutheran Church, Centerville. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, rural Centerville.

Rose received her early education at Kalstad rural school in Union County, SD. She married Pearl Smith on Aug. 2, 1919 at Dakota City, NE. The couple farmed near Elk Point until 1954 when they moved to Centerville due to her husband's failing health. Rose worked as a housekeeper for several people in the Elk Point and Centerville areas. Pearl died in September of 1959.

Rose was a member of the Scandia Lutheran Church in Centerville where she was active in WELCA. Rose enjoyed fishing and loved being around children as she was a babysitter for many of her relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Pearl, one brother Joe and six sisters: Lydia, Rachel, Ida, Cora, Hannah, and Clara in infancy.

Among those who survive and gratefully shared her life are her brother Ted Ven of Centerville and several nieces and nephews.

Norma Slattery

Former Mitchell area resident Norma Jean Carlson Slattery, 74, died Oct. 14, 1998 in a Mesa, AZ hospital of lung problems.

Mrs. Slattery, who lived at Mitchell, Spencer, Vermillion and Sioux City, IA, retired to Arizona in 1974 and lived eight years in Tempe before moving to Mesa in 1982.

Born at Mitchell in 1924 to Maurice and Mabel Carlson, farmers who lived in Prosper Township many years, Norma attended Sand Elm Elementary School and Mitchell High School before the family moved to Spencer in 1940.

Norma graduated from Spencer High School in 1941. She worked in Chicago until 1944 when she married Spencer resident William W. Slattery who was in the United States Navy during World War II.

Norma's parents, a brother, Dr. Willard Carlson of Mitchell, and a sister, Harriet Carlson Carlin, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Michael Q. Slattery of Vermillion, and Richard A. Slattery, Anchorage, AK; three daughters, Susan Perdue of White Mountain Lake, AZ, Sally Kenner, Las Vegas, NV, and Lori Slattery, Mesa AZ; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Hazel Cook of Fallon, NV, Lorraine Lease of San Antonio, TX, and Karen Carlson of Denver, CO; and one brother, Maurice Carlson Jr., Centuria, WI.

Funeral arrangements are pending. Burial will be at Mitchell.

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