Laura E Dennis

Funeral services for Laura
E. Dennis, 99, of Mellette,
SD, will be 1:00pm,
Wednesday, March 30,
2022 at Spitzer-Miller Funeral
Home, with Pastor
Jon Damaska officiating
and lunch to follow.
Burial will be at Mellette
Cemetery. Laura died
Saturday, March 26, 2022
in Aberdeen, SD.
Visitation will be one
hour prior to service.
Laura Elizabeth Parrott
was born in Pollock,
SD. She was the second
of eight children born to
Charles and Ella (Searl)
Parrott. Following high
school graduation in
1941, she attended St
Luke’s School of Nursing,
graduating as an RN. On
a visit to Mellette with
a classmate she met her
future husband, Lester
Dennis. They were wed
on June 2, 1945 and
began their married life
on the farm where they
raised their daughter.
Laura began her nursing
career as a special
duty nurse and then as a
part time floor supervisor
for over 25 years at
St Luke’s. She enjoyed
entertaining her bridge
and birthday clubs. In
later years she would
occasionally invite the
coffee group to her home
for morning coffee. She
attended the Northwestern
United Methodist Church
where she was an active
participant helping to
organize the annual rummage
sale. One of her
proudest community accomplishments
was helping
to secure a Governor’s
House for the Northwestern
Spink Senior Center.
For over 70 years she was
a member of the Order of
the Eastern Star. During
the years she spent quiet
time doing beautiful embroidery
projects. Laura
was always ready to
attend her grandchildren
and great-grandchildren’s
school programs and
sporting events.
Laura is survived by
her daughter and sonin-
law Donna and Jim
Boekelheide, three
grandchildren, and eight
great grandchildren;
Tami (Ryan) Henke and
children, (Sam and Ali),
Chad (Kris) Boekelheide
and children, (Derek, Hailey,
Jessica, Ella), Scott
(Heidi) Boekelheide and
children, (Ethan and Ty);
sisters, Sharon Harris and
Shirley Peugh; and sisterin-
law Bev Parrott.
Preceded in death by her
husband Lester on March
26, 2012; sister, Hermine
(Art) Roberts; brothers,
Charles (Carol) Parrott,
George, Roger and Sherman;
and brother-in-law,
Richard Harris.