Lanoir R. Pedersen of Custer, SD, formerly of Provo, SD, passed away peacefully in her home, January 5, 2016, at the age of 101.
On February 20, 1914, Lanoir was the first of eight children born to Howard and Ida (Mullinex) Royer of Woodbine, Iowa. Lanoir started rural school on her sixth birthday and at 12 graduated 8th grade with the highest average grade in the county that year. Too young to go to high school, after one year, Lanoir entered Woodbine Normal School and graduated in 1931 as salutatorian. After taking college preparatory courses, Lanoir returned to a normal school for one year and received her Iowa State Teacher’s certificate. Some thought she was still too young to teach.
Growing up on the farm, Lanoir learned gardening and canning, and since her mother was a seamstress, Lanoir learned to make her clothes, quilts, crotchet, hand hemstitch, cut-work, etc. Lanoir married Clarence Leonard in 1933 and their son, Lloyd, was born in 1935. Lanoir taught in rural schools and later was divorced. Lanoir married Harry V. Pedersen in 1943. After World War II, he left the U. S. Army Corps and they moved to the Black Hills Army Depot at Igloo, SD, where, in 1946, their son, Victor, was born. Lanoir taught 8th grade math, English and history in the Provo schools, where both boys graduated. When the Depot closed they moved to Provo and Lanoir was a substitute teacher in the Edgemont, SD school until 1975, when she was appointed Postmaster at Provo Post Office. In 1986 her husband passed away. In 1992, at age 78, Lanoir retired. She was also clerk of Provo Township for 25 years. In 2006, due to health reasons, moved to Custer.
Recently Lanoir was heard to say, “I‘ve had a full life.” Lanior was an inspiration in her life and teachings. She is loved and will be deeply missed.
Lanior was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, four sisters and son, Lloyd.
She is survived by her son, Victor (Teresa) Pedersen, of Custer, SD; brother, Joe Royer, of Grand Island, NE; Sister, Wanda Teale, of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Kimberly (James) Farahmand, and Nathan Pedersen, Arcata, of CA; great-grandchildren, Terik Pedersen, Elalio and Anna Farahmand; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
At her request, private services were held at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home, in Hot Springs, SD. Written condolences may be made at www.chamberlainmccolleys.com.