Deana "Cookie" Lussier, 65, of Cherokee, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, 2007, at her daughter's home in Cherokee, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Deana "Cookie" Lussier was born February. 12, 1942, in Paullina. She attended school at Marcus.
She married Gary "Louie" Lussier, Sr. on May 4, 1960, in Elk Point, S.D. The couple made their home in Marcus until 1982 when the family moved to Cherokee. She was employed at the Mental Health Institute from 1980-1989 as a resident treatment worker. She purchased the bar "Cookies' Tap" while employed at the Mental Health Institute in the late 80s and ran the bar until 2001.
She enjoyed her family and friends both in the Marcus and Cherokee communities. All who knew her will remember that she was a very caring and loving person.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Vickie Lussier and her special friend Shawn Hale of Cherokee; Connie Borders of Cherokee; Gary Lussier, Jr. of Cherokee; Thad "Skeeter" Lussier of Cherokee; Kelly Boggs of Cherokee and her special friend Curt Riddle of Ida Grove; Monet Lussier and her fiancÚ Chris Reed of Cherokee; grandchildren: Joshua Waterman of Cherokee, Jessica Borders of Cherokee, Kenny Borders of Cherokee, Ashley Lussier of Erie, Pa., Zachary Lussier of Erie, Pa., Michael Lussier of Aurora, Colo., Bryce Lussier of Cherokee, and Justin Boggs of Ankeny; great-grandchildren: Alexis Waterman and Attison Waterman of Cherokee; sister Sally Ann Kueny and her husband Richard of Sioux City; brother Gene Franck and his wife Janice of Marcus, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vivian Franck and Harry Erickson, husband Gary "Louie" Lussier, Sr., a brother, Jerry Franck and son-in-law Jim Borders.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Earnest Funeral Home in Marcus, with Chaplain Don Augustine officiating. Burial will be in Marcus Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at the Earnest Funeral Home of Marcus. The family will be present the entire evening and a prayer service will take place at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. on Saturday and will continue until the funeral service.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Franck, Shawn Hale, Chris Reed, Justin Boggs, Joshua Waterman, and Kenny Borders.