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Haille Rae Billings, 5, of Vermillion, died Saturday, Nov. 20, at her home.

Haille Rae was born July 28, 1994 in Yankton to Mason and Tunisia (Evans) Billings. Haille was a lover of Disney movies, and loved to spend time with her family. She was a common fixture at the Dakota Dome.

Last December, her parents noticed she was stumbling and lacked energy. They suspected epilepsy because of an uncle who suffered from the illness, but after extensive tests, a CAT scan revealed a tumor entwined around the brain stem.

"They did everything they could by taking her to the Mayo Clinic and with radiation," said her grandmother, Ruby Pope of Baton Rouge, LA. "We all prayed a miracle would happen, but it didn't. Everybody told them the same thing � there was nothing that could be done."

Haille couldn't get away with much from Grandma and Mama, but with her daddy, it was different. He cares for the family while her mother commutes to Sioux City, IA to coach track and teach at Sioux City Community Schools.

When they had a birthday party, the parents had as much fun as the children.

"They were like a storybook family," said grandmother Sherry Warren.

Athletically centered, the family spent a lot of time at the DakotaDome, where Haille's father would play basketball with friends.

"The Dome was pretty much their home," Warren said. "The kids were nicknamed 'Dome Rats.' Anyone that went to anything there knew Haille. She'd cheer, run track with the track people and perform at half-time basketball games by dancing with her little buddies along with the music."

She loved Disney movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Prince of Egypt, and especially Cinderella with teen singer Brandy.

"She always wanted me to watch that with her," said Pope. "She would sing the music right along with (Brandy). She loved the part right before she was going to the ball with Whitney Houston, as the fairy godmother was changing her rags to a gown."

A Haille's health declined this year, the family was thankful for the support it received from Sioux Valley Hospital, the Vermillion hospital and the community.

"They just all took them in � all Vermillion people," Warren said. "They all loved them, and they loved them back. I know that this will hit people, and they'll think of their own children."

Haille is survived by her parents; a brother: Jailen, of Vermillion; two sisters: Jasmine Woodard of Baton Rouge, LA, and Kaisha Billings of Vermillion. She is also survived by a great-grandmother: Willie Mae McCray of Baton Rouge, and two grandmothers: Sherry Warren of Minneapolis, MN and Ruby Pope of Baton Rouge. Two special grandfathers: Thomas "Sarge" Basarich of Sioux City, IA, and Donald Ray Taplin of Baton Rouge also survive her. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive her.

Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. The family was present from 6 to 8 p.m. to greet friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m., at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Burial followed in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Haille Billings Special Fund, Security National Bank of 601 Pierce St. Sioux City, IA 51101, or any Security National Bank.

Aimee Sanger

Aimee K. Sanger 72, former resident of Vermillion, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999 at the Harborside Rest Home in Clearwater, FL.

Services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Bergen Lutheran Church in rural Meckling, with the Rev, Barbara Stroud Borth officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery of Vermillion.

Survivors include a son: John T. Sanger of Fargo, ND; a daughter: Salie Vorrie of Fort Dodge, IA; two sisters: Ardis Brunick of Vermillion and Inez Cooley of Springfield; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Anna Knutson and two brothers, Lowell and Norman.

Aimee Ione Knutson Sanger was born in Vermillion and was raised on a farm near there. She attended The University of South Dakota and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. She married William Sanger in 1950 and was later divorced. She taught school in Watertown, Correctionville, IA and Wahpeton, ND. She moved to Clearwater, FL in 1990.

She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church of Wahpeton, PEO and various clubs.

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

Eunice Lowe

Eunice Orene Lowe, 69, of Volin, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999 at the Avera McKennan Hospice Center in Sioux Falls, after a lengthy illness of cancer.

Eunice Orene Eide was born Sept. 21, 1930 in rural Irene, to Oscar and Esther (Drugley) Eide. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Meldal Lutheran Church, rural Irene. She attended rural Sletten School and graduated from Irene High School in 1948.

She married Elmer Lowe June 21, 1951 at Meldal Lutheran Church. She was a member of Meldal, Trondhjem and Calvary Lutheran Churches. She was very active in her church and served on various committees of the WELCA.

She was a legal secretary for the Feldman Law Office and later for the Ernest Crockett Law Office of Yankton. She was also employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife at the Gavins Point Dam in Yankton. Following, she was office coordinator for Farmers Home Administration, Yankton for 32 years, retiring in 1994.

She is survived by her husband: Elmer, of Volin; her mother: Esther Eide of Volin; and one sister: Mrs. Glen (Delories) Rosenbaum of Elk Point; four nephews: David Rosenbaum, Mark Rosenbaum and family, and Michael Rosenbaum and family, all of Sioux Falls, and Daniel Rosenbaum and family of Jefferson.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene. Burial followed in the Meldal Cemetery, rural Irene.

Visitation began at 4 p.m. Tuesday, with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. The family was present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Gerald Kelly

Gerald D. Kelly, 60, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Gerald was born Sept. 25, 1939 in Willow Lake to Leonard and Rose (Ball) Kelly. He attended Country School District #36 in Willow Lake, and has lived in the Vermillion area most of his life, where

he has worked as a mechanic/handyman.

He is survived by two sisters: Lenora Arends of Bryant and Mary Ann Dirksen of Eastman, WI. Several nieces and nephews also survive him.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, with burial in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation was Friday at the funeral home.

Madalyn Dutcher

Madalyn A. Dutcher, 76, Meckling, died Nov. 10, 1999 at her home.

Funeral services were held Nov. 19 at Bergen Lutheran Church, rural Meckling, with the Rev. Barbara Stroud-Borth officiating. A private burial was held on Nov. 16 at the Meckling Cemetery. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Madalyn was born May 18, 1923 to Carl A. and Delores (Demann) Berglund in Vermillion. She graduated in 1941 from Meckling High School. She was a farm housewife.

She married Durwin Dutcher on Nov. 28, 1941 in Waverly, IA. He died on June 2, 1996.

She was a member of Bergen Lutheran Church.

Survivors include a son and his wife: Ron and Marlene Dutcher of Goose Creek, SC; daughters: Patricia Dodson of Denver, CO, and Linda and her husband Arlene Nordhagen of Redfield; brothers and their wives: Carl and Percy Berglund of Mankato MN, Pete and Pat Berglund of Vermillion; grandchildren: Melissa Tartar, Heather Dutcher, Shawn Nordhagen, Sharon Feser, Elizabeth Campbell, Nicolle Pratt; and six great-grandchildren.

Madisen Hackett

Madisen Hope Hackett, 4-month-old daughter of Jamie and Tracy Hackett of Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include her parents: one brother: Isaac; grandparents: Terry and Barbara Hackett of Wakonda and Curtis and Mary Svarstad of Irene; great-grandparents: Eugene and Betty Svarstad of Irene, June Hackett of Wakonda, Alyce Welby and Colleen Slagle both of Yankton; two uncles: Justin Hackett of Lyons and Eric Svarstad of Grand Forks, ND; and one aunt, Jessica of Lyons.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene. Burial followed in Union Cemetery, rural Wakonda.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

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