Lillian Beane(1911 - 2013)

Lillian E. Beane

Flandreau-Lillian Evelyn Beane, age 101, passed away on April 12, 2013, at Avera Flandreau Hospital. The daughter of Oliver Moore and Grace Eastman Moore, Lillian was born on August 27th, 1911 at Sisseton, SD. When Lillian was 5 years old, they moved to Wolf Point, MT where she attended grades 1 - 8 and graduated from Flandreau Indian School in 1931. Lillian attended St. Cloud State University for two years working towards a teaching degree. Her family moved to Wahpeton, ND in 1933 and she enrolled in the North Dakota State School of Science and graduated with a Business Degree in 1934. She was employed as the secretary in the business office of the new Indian Hospital at Sisseton, SD. Following her marriage in 1938 to Sydney E. Beane, they moved to Flandreau and Lillian served as secretary to the superintendent. In 1957, they transferred to the Wahpeton Indian School so their three children could attend her alma mater. Lillian worked as the secretary to the principal. After 32 years of service, Lillian retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1974. They moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1975. They lived there until 1986, when they moved to Lincoln, NE. Her husband preceded her in death in 1987 and Lillian and William moved to her new home in Flandreau in 1990. She continued to be an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, and attended almost every tribal meeting since she returned. She also continued to love basketball. Before her death, Lillian was the oldest living Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal member and the oldest living graduate of the Flandreau Indian School. Lillian is survived by sons William Beane, Flandreau, Syd, Jr. (Becky) Beane, Plymouth, MN, four granddaughters, one grandson, six great-granddaughters and son-in-law Fred Olson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter Linda Olson. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, Flandreau, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 5-7 pm Tuesday at Skroch Funeral Chapel with a 7 pm prayer service.

Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 14, 2013