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Elaine Lanam

January 27, 1949 April 16, 2020
Elaine Lanam
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Elaine Lanam, age 71, passed away on April 16th at Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born on January 27th, 1949 in Jackson County Hospital, Jackson MN to Lawrence and Ruth (Glenn) Soukup. She grew up on their farm located on the southwest corner of Rush Lake in Jackson County. She was preceded in death by her father Lawrence, and is survived by her mother Ruth, her three sisters, Teresa (Bellows), Joann (Hilgert), and Elizabeth (Nelson), her brother Ray,her first husband, Richard Mier, her two sons, Roger Mier, and Neil Mier, her second husband, Stephen Lanam and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Elaine loved horses, dogs, and people. She served as a foster mom for several years, and helped many troubled teens to become better people. While serving as a foster mom, she also went to college at St. Cloud State University, held three part time jobs, and maintained a 4.0 grade point average. She always worked hard and was willing to do whatever it took to provide for her children, and herself. She divorced her first husband, and after about 25 years of being a single parent, she met Stephen Lanam whom she married in August of 2010. Together they purchased a home in Ocheyedan, and she lived there until her death.
Elaine was always ready to share her love of life, and to provide any help she could to anyone who needed it. Her hobbies included crocheting, drawing, and growing flowers and plants. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

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