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Laura Chesley

Laura Chesley, 91 of Pierpont died on Monday, September 17, 2012 at Avera St. Lukes Hospital in Aberdeen. Her funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Westside Wesleyan Church in Bristol, Rev. Matt Pribyl officiating. Burial will be in the Bristol Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday 5-7 P.M. with a 7 P.M. prayer service. The visitation will continue at the church on Thursday one hour prior to services. Laura Mary Long was born on Sunday, March 20, 1921 to Arthur and Mary (Lehmkuhler) Long on the family farm near Anselmo, Nebraska. As a young child the family moved to a farm near Arnold, Nebraska. She attended Yucca Valley country school near her home and graduated from Arnold High School in 1939. She taught country school in the sand hills of Nebraska. On August 19, 1942 she was united in marriage to Albert Chesley at North Platte, Nebraska. After he returned from his military service the couple made their home in Arnold Nebraska where they owned and operated Chesley Dairy. In 1961 they moved to Bristol, South Dakota where she worked at the Bristol School and then as a postal clerk at the post office for eighteen years. After they retired they couple moved from their farm near Bristol to Pierpont. Albert passed away in November 1999. After his death she continued to live in Pierpont. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Arnold where she was a youth leader and taught Sunday School. When they moved to Bristol she was a member of Westside Wesleyan Church where she taught Sunday School and was a youth leader. She also volunteered at Brown County Jail and Avera St. Luke’s I.C.U. Her hobbies included quilt making, reading, Bible study and gardening. She loved her country and was known for her sense of humor. She loved her family. Laura passed away on Monday, September 17, 2012 at Aberdeen, South Dakota at the age of 91 years, 5 months and 28 days. Survivors include two daughters, Jeanette (Wesley) Jensen of Bristol, SD and Dorothy (Dean) Larson of Pierpont, SD; seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother.

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I just learned of Laura's passing today. I am soooo sorry to hear that. She was always so nice to me and the one asking me to sing for Sunday night "singspiration" in Bristol :)...what a lovely Christian! She has left her mark in her family, her church and her community and certainly will be missed. I send my very sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Wendy Christman Oct 4 2012 12:00 AM

To my cousins Jeannette and Dorothy, My greatest sympathy for your loss. I have fond memories of you Mom and Dad. Love, Cindy

Cindy Phillips Sep 20 2012 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this time. God bless.

Cameron & Brandelyn Sep 20 2012 12:00 AM

God blessed us with her and now she's home

Clint Pinkham Sep 19 2012 12:00 AM

Jeannette, Dorothy and family, I have SO many wonderful memories of Laura. First as my Sunday School teacher and then as my friend. Her laugh was contagious and I looked forward to seeing her at church when I would come back for a visit. Thank you so much for sharing your mom and grandmother with me. Terry

Terry Buhler Sep 19 2012 12:00 AM

You are going to be missed more than you ever dreamed of.

norman anderson Sep 19 2012 12:00 AM

Dear Jeanette & Dorothy, We so loved Aunt Laura, enjoyed her wit and remember how she and Uncle Ab interacted -- precious memories from our time in South Dakota and in Arnold. Will always remember all the fun card playing and joking, and especially all the love that was shared. We feel so blessed to have had her in our lives and family! Thank God for both of you, we wish we could be there in person to hug you - you are in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, Your Chesley Family in Nebraska

Pam Lee & Pete & Lorraine Chesley Sep 19 2012 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patrick and Sandra Biggins Sep 18 2012 12:00 AM

Dear Dorothy, Jeanette and Families, The world lost a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN yesterday, but Heaven gained a WONDERFUL ANGEL!! She was one SWEET, SWEET LADY and i LOVED HER!! She will be missed but what a homecoming in Heaven. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we will see you soon. LOTS OF LOVE, HUGS and PRAYERS, Diane

Diane Eberhart Sep 18 2012 12:00 AM

Dear Angela and Craig, you will always have fond memories to keep your Grandmother close to your heart. You are in our prayers.

Paul and Nora Biggins Sep 18 2012 12:00 AM

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