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Our world became a little less bright as Patricia (Pat) Katherine Lafferty LeCompte began her journey to eternal life on January 26, 2024. Patricia (Pat) Katherine Lafferty LeCompte passed away on Friday, January 26, 2024, at Aberdeen Health & Rehab in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She was 86 years old.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2024, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, with Father George Parmeter officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.
A time of fellowship and luncheon will be immediately following the service at the church hall.
Burial will be at a later date.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Pat was born on October 20, 1937, at Old Cheyenne Agency to Ellsworth (Buster) Lafferty and Katherine Lafferty. Pat loved living at 'camp', she shared her fond memories often of life growing up there. Pat began her love of horses during her childhood. She would ride from morning to night, not only for the fun but because it was one of the main modes of transportation to school or town. As her horsemanship skills developed in her youth, she put them to good use by being a member of the Round-Up Quadrille team. The team performed during various rodeos in various central South Dakota towns. Pat was devoted to being on this team; she loved her teammates and kept in touch with them over the years.
In 1955 Pat was crowned the Cheyenne River Rodeo Queen at the Old Cheyenne River Agency. Pat graduated from high school in 1955 and traveled to different parts of the country, from Winnebago, Nebraska, and to Fort Worth, Texas, with her beloved Aunt Donna Dunn Folster and cousin Greg Folster. During this time, Pat had taken secretarial classes and administrative assistant training and worked in this field until her retirement from the Indian Health Service on January 31, 2007.
After returning to the Old Agency, Pat began her career working as the secretary for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman, Tony Rivers. On October 5, 1957, Pat married Gordon V. LeCompte in Pierre, SD, and they started their family; born to this union were Jody, Jackie, Marty, Connie, Jonnie Patrick, and Robyn. Pat devoted her career to serving the Native American community working for the CRST tribal government and the Indian Health Service. Pat enjoyed working at the IHS hospital in Eagle Butte, SD, where she worked with Medical Records, Medical Staff, Environmental Health, and Optometry. Pat was fondly known as the 'eyeglass lady' to patients who came to get their glasses. In 1982, Pat transferred to the IHS Aberdeen Area Office to work for the Nursing Program and Managed Health Care Programs; in 1996, Pat moved to the IHS Sioux San Hospital, Rapid City, SD. Pat loved living and working in the Black Hills Area. In 2001, Pat returned to work at the Aberdeen Area Office, where she eventually retired on January 31, 2007. Pat enjoyed fishing, especially for catfish which she learned from her dad. Pat was a beautiful, kind, generous, and caring person. During her children’s childhood, she opened her home to our cousins and our friends; there were always more kids at home than all of us, and our home was always a safe place for others. Pat was known to many as 'Aunt Pat'.
During Pat’s years in Rapid City, she developed her passion for bowling, both for enjoyment and competition. Her love for this sport continued when she returned to Aberdeen. One year Pat made the front page of the Aberdeen American News during the Women's State Bowling Tournament. A few notable special honors Pat was bestowed during her years of bowling were: she and her granddaughter Shanda won first place in the 49th BIA Bowling Tournament Women’s Doubles, she was so proud of her jacket she won and wore it with much pride, in 2014 Pat was recognized as a member of the ‘Super 70’s Club’ at the SD State USB Women’s Bowling Championship, being honored with the Hall of Fame Award in 2020 with the USBC Association and having bowled for the past 18 years on the Queen Pins/Misfit League with her teammates, Carmen Fischer and April Fryer.
In 1978, Pat became a grandmother when the first grandchild, Yvette Marie was born. Her world changed from Mom to Grandma Pat, there are 13 grandchildren. Jody's children: Yvette, Zachary, and Samuel; Jackie's children: Shanda Gayle, Janessa, and Alexandra; Marty's children: Mason, Ashley, and Whitley; Connie's children: Stevie-Rae, Wyatte, Zayne, and Sydney. On July 15, 2006, Grandma Pat’s role changed to 'Nana Pat' as our family welcomed the first great-grandchild, Rylee Ellsworth Rieker. Rylee became Nana Pat and Danty Robyn's sidekick from the moment he arrived right to the end. Pat had 12 great-grandchildren. Rylee, Coltyn, Maxwell, Austyn, Masyn, Greysyn, Mila, Layla, Cody, Cory, Tillie, Les, Maddie, Nolan, Jack and Quinn.
Surviving children, relatives, and friends of Pat’s are Jody (Gary) Garrison of Albuquerque, NM, Jackie (Jerry) Black of Billings, MT, Marty (Kira) LeCompte, Connie (Steve) Wilkie and Robyn (Dwayne) Parkes, all of Aberdeen, SD, Greg (Yvonne) Folster of Richmond, CA, Diane Williams of Vermillion, SD, Barry (Shirley) Dunn of Olympia, Washington, Lynn LeCompte, Gertrude, Henry & Joe Lafferty of Eagle Butte, SD, Carol Cloud Eagle of Rapid City, Tom Stenvig of Nunda, SD, and Dottie & Dennis Rieker, Eric Rieker, LeRoy Fryer all of Aberdeen, SD.
Pat is joined by her parents, Ellsworth and Katherine Lafferty, Gordon LeCompte, Jonnie Patrick LeCompte, Cyril & Catherine LeCompte, Art Lafferty, Agnes Kingman Lafferty, Donna Folster, Dorothy Wolfe, along with other loved ones too numerous to list.
Although we will miss her immensely, she left with all of us a lasting impression to love others, no matter what the circumstances. We will all continue to try to survive her loss and seek comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain and has joined our other loved ones in eternal life. Go in Peace and rest easy, Mom; you left each and every one of us with wonderful memories to cherish always.