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Lavilla Maude Doane

Also known as: Lavilla M. Carlile

Last updated 15 Sep 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 7 Jan 1923 in Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota, United States

Died: 18 Jun 2017 in Keystone, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Father: Fred Carlile (1880 – ?)

Mother: Edna Hall (1886 – ?)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1930-ps-sd-jackson-14-1b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jackson County, Kadoka Township (T2SR21-22), enumeration district 36-14, sheet 1B (form/penned) or page 239B (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 25 May 2018) > "South Dakota > Jackson > Kadoka > District 0014" image 2; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2224 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341958]

Additional detail for reference: Line 83, dwelling 21

Comment: Source includes adopted name (Lavilla M. Doane).

marriage-willett-doane-1943: Record of marriage for Leonard Ross Willett and Lavilla Maude Doane (1943); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 4 Sep 2007) > “1943-1944” image 117; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes [adopted] name (Lavilla Maude Doane).

memorialcard-emilie-price-2007: Memorial card (funeral program) for Emilie Ruth Price (2007); privately held

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Lavilla Willett).

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Comment: Source includes [adopted] name (Lavilla Doane).

obituary-david-willett-2017: Obituary for David William Willett (2017); Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home (https://www.hykefuneralhome.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), single location (Redfield, South Dakota), published after 13 Feb 2017

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Lavilla Willett).

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aliases

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Lvavilla M. Willet) and implied birth surname (Carlile).

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birth

census-us-1930-ps-sd-jackson-14-1b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jackson County, Kadoka Township (T2SR21-22), enumeration district 36-14, sheet 1B (form/penned) or page 239B (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 25 May 2018) > "South Dakota > Jackson > Kadoka > District 0014" image 2; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2224 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341958]

Additional detail for reference: Line 83, dwelling 21

Comment: Source includes age (7) and location (South Dakota). Using her age and the official census date of 1 Apr 1930 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1922 to 1 Apr 1923.

marriage-willett-doane-1943: Record of marriage for Leonard Ross Willett and Lavilla Maude Doane (1943); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 4 Sep 2007) > “1943-1944” image 117; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes age (20). Using the marriage date of 21 Feb 1943 gives a birth date range from 22 Feb 1922 to 21 Feb 1923.

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes location (Mitchel [, South Dakota]) and date (Jan. 7, 1923).

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death

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes location (Keystone [, South Dakota]) indirectly, and date (June 18, 2017).

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father

census-us-1930-ps-sd-jackson-14-1b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jackson County, Kadoka Township (T2SR21-22), enumeration district 36-14, sheet 1B (form/penned) or page 239B (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 25 May 2018) > "South Dakota > Jackson > Kadoka > District 0014" image 2; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2224 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341958]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 81,83, dwelling 21

Comment: Source identifies Lavilla M. Doane as an adopted daughter of George D.Doane..

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source identifies Fred Carlile as the biological father of Lavilla M. Willett.

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mother

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source identifies Edna (Hall) Carlile as the biological mother of Lavilla M. Willett.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Leonard Ross Willett (1922 – 2009)

Married: 21 Feb 1943 in Brookings, Brookings County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

marriage-willett-doane-1943: Record of marriage for Leonard Ross Willett and Lavilla Maude Doane (1943); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 4 Sep 2007) > “1943-1944” image 117; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Brookings, Brookings County, S.D.) and marriage date (February 21st, 1943).

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Comment: Source includes date (Feb. 21, 1943), city and implied state (Brookings, South Dakota), of marriage betweeen Leonard R. Willett and Lavilla Doane.

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Child: <private>

Child: Laverne Lee Willett (? – ?)

Child: <private>

Child: Cindy Willett (? – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota, United States

Surname Change: (Doane) Bef 1930

Graduation: (Kadoka High School as Valedictorian) 1940 at Kadoka, Jackson County, South Dakota, United States

School: (Dakota Wesleyan Universaty) Aft 1940 at Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota, United States

Cemetery: (Black Hills National Cemetery) at Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes location (Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis [, South Dakota]).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-jackson-14-1b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jackson County, Kadoka Township (T2SR21-22), enumeration district 36-14, sheet 1B (form/penned) or page 239B (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 25 May 2018) > "South Dakota > Jackson > Kadoka > District 0014" image 2; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2224 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341958]

Additional detail for reference: Line 83, dwelling 21

Comment: Source shows Lavilla with the surname Doane and identifies her as the adopted daughter of George Doane.

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes year (1940) and school (Kadoka High School [Kadoka, South Dakota]).

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes fact of attendence at college (Dakota Wesleyan University), and the first year she could have attended, her hgih school graduation year (1940).

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes cemetery (Black Hill[s] National Cemetery near Sturgis [, South Dakota]).

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Attributes

Residence: 1 Apr 1930 at Kadoka Township, Jackson County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 21 Feb 1943 at Kadoka Township, Jackson County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: Abt 1945 at Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 1951 at , , California, United States

Residence: 1981 at , , , United States

Residence: 26 Oct 2007 at Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 8 Feb 2009 at Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 13 Feb 2017 at Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1930-ps-sd-jackson-14-1b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jackson County, Kadoka Township (T2SR21-22), enumeration district 36-14, sheet 1B (form/penned) or page 239B (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 25 May 2018) > "South Dakota > Jackson > Kadoka > District 0014" image 2; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2224 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341958]

Additional detail for reference: Line 83, dwelling 21

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and location (Kadoka Township, County: Jackson, State: South Dakota).

marriage-willett-doane-1943: Record of marriage for Leonard Ross Willett and Lavilla Maude Doane (1943); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 4 Sep 2007) > “1943-1944” image 117; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Kadkoka, Jackson County, S.D.) and marriage date (February 21st, 1943).

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source iincludes location (Aberdeen [, South Dakota]) and an approximate date given they lived in Aberdeen for six years before moving to California in 1951.

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source iincludes state (California) and year (1951) when they moved.

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source indicates year (1981) and location (Black Hills). This almost certainly means a location in South Dakota.

memorialcard-emilie-price-2007: Memorial card (funeral program) for Emilie Ruth Price (2007); privately held

Comment: Source includes reference date (26 Oct 2007) and location (Hill City, SD).

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Additional detail for reference: Obituary text.

Comment: Source includes date (Feb. 8, 2009), and city and implied state (Hot Springs, South Dakota).

obituary-david-willett-2017: Obituary for David William Willett (2017); Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home (https://www.hykefuneralhome.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), single location (Redfield, South Dakota), published after 13 Feb 2017

Comment: Source includes location (Hill City, SD) and obituary date of 13 Feb 2017.

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Stories

Lavilla's Memories (Depression Stories, Lavilla Willett)

[This story was written by Lavilla Maude (Doane ) Willett. It was one of several responses to a request for stories (for a class project) about living during the Great Depression.]

When I was growing up in the 1930s, I didn't feel any different than my classmates as most everyone was in the same economic situation.

I remember going to town on Saturday night. We lived on a farm 4¼ miles north of Kadoka. We only went to town once a week. The only money we had was egg money. The eggs were gathered every day, candled, carefully packed in cardboard egg holders, and put in a large egg crate. On Saturday we would take the eggs to the grocery store and get money enough to by our groceries for the next week. The grocer would always put a free bag of hard candy in with the purchases...much to our pleasure. The country women would stand around the store visiting and we kids would gather outside and play hide-and-seek between the buildings. The men would gather at the pool hall and play cards. Women and children did not go in the pool hall. When Daddy won, he was paid off with candy. It was a big event when we got home and he shared his treasures. Going to town was a big deal! The rest of the week we stayed home and worked.

When I was old enough to go to school I walked across the field to a one-room country school house. There were six students on various grade levels. The teacher boarded at our house and shared a bed with me.

Supporting evidence for:
stories

story-depression-stories-lavilla-willett: Lavilla Willett, “Lavilla's Memories”; email from <private>, sent 24 Apr 2009

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Lavilla was an active contributor to non-profit causes around Hill City, South Dakota, spending her time with the Little White Chuch, the Senior Center, the Garden Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Bridge Club, Toastmasters, and she spent time helping at the Hill City Library. [obituary-lavilla-willett-2017]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

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Sources

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