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Adele Cathryn (Lavato) Davis, age 72, of Flandreau South Dakota journeyed to the spirit world on Wednesday March 18, 2020.  She was born on March 29, 1947 on the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota the daughter of Evelyn Grass Galvan.  Adele attended Holy Rosary Boarding school in Pine Ridge before attending Oglala High School.

After graduation, she moved to Nebraska where she had her oldest son Andres followed by her son Joseph in Illinois of 1969. Aaron, was born in Georgia in 1974 with the first of her daughter’s, Kathryn, born in New Mexico in 1980. Rosalie, her last daughter was born in Nebraska in 1983.

Adele enjoyed her children and grandchildren, any activity that involved family and the children, she enjoyed the most. While living in Japan, she began to pick up hobbies such as ceramics along with macramé, cooking and collecting foreign furniture. In Omaha she enjoyed an occasional dance with friends and family. It wasn’t until 1980, her move from Clovis, NM to Omaha, NE she began her journey as a single mother with a family of 5. She worked tirelessly, a full-time job, one part-time job and attending school during the evenings. Adele was short of her Bachelor’s Degree in Business by 6 credits and always preached the benefits of an education to her children and grandchildren.

Adele is survived by her children: Andres Davis, Flandreau, South Dakota; Joseph Davis, San Diego, California; Aaron Davis, Puyallup, Washington; Katie Estrada, Flandreau, South Dakota; Rosalie Nelson, Flandreau, South Dakota; 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

All night wakes will be held Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 beginning at 6 PM each night at Eastman Hall, Flandreau, SD.

Funeral service will be held Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Eastman Hall, Flandreau, SD.  Ken James will officiate.  Drum Group is the Wakpa’ Ipaksan Singers.

Casket bearers are Matthew Davis, Thomas Perez, Sean Miller, Mike Polmateer, Delson Long, Jaime Long and Wiwokiya King.

The Chilson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.  On-line condolences can be made at

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Joe Davis

    Love you mom…I will carry with me and pass on all you’ve taught me.

  2. Maria (Mary Sue) Ceballos

    Adelle’s Mother and Stepfather Charles were close friends with my parents…bowling and playing cards often as well as going to dances together. So knew Adele as as a child and spent time remembering when she took me where her and Jay were stationed in Illinois and remembered when she invited me to Rapid City, SD right after floods. She was always a welcoming friend after my mother passed. Though we did not stay connected I never stopped thinking of her and was so happy to find her a few years back…Thanks to Andy. My Deepest Condolences To Her Beautiful Family…Rest In Peace Sister. Wish I could be there. In my thoughts and prayers kids.

  3. Rosalie Nelson

    It’s not goodbye Mom, it’s see you later.

  4. Gracie

    I will always remember that smile when I made “rice cake”?.Gone but won’t never forget you. ‘Till we meet again. I love you?

  5. Alison Klose

    Rosalie, Steve and family- I never had the honor and privilege of meeting your Mom, but the stories of her you’ve shared showed me she was a wonderful woman and a powerful force in your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss.

  6. Paula Hall

    I am so very sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was so gracious. Heaven gained a sweet angel. She will still be watching over you all. Keeping the whole family in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Frani Beauvais

    Condolences to all the family… From meeting Adele I felt she was a strong woman and family was first… I was also scared of her hahaa but in a good way 🙂 I knew her grandchildren were her heart.
    Huuugggsss and prayers to you all and RIPeace Adele…

  8. Nancy L Kadous

    Katie, Andy and families,
    So sorry to hear of Adele’s passing. She was a proud, strong Native woman. As you know, she put me in my rightful place a few times. Though verbal communication was a challenge, she certainly showed her love of family. I am honored to have met and shared in your mother’s journey.
    My heartfelt sympathy, Nurse Nancy


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