Sylvia Laverne Draine


Sylvia Laverne Draine, 87 of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2011, at Sundance Assisted Care in Sundance. Sylvia was born April 22, 1924, in White River, South Dakota to James and Ritta (Horton) Draine. She attended school in Wood, South Dakota, and later went to college for two years at Black Hills Teachers College. She obtained a teaching certificate enabling her to teach in country schools. She taught school at several rural schools in Mellette County, South Dakota, including Cody, Palek and Mitchell schools. She would either board with different families in the district or live in the teacherage. She also cared for her mother and kept house for her father at different times over the years. Her five nephews and nieces each had the privilege of being taught by her at different times in their lives. After her mother passed she returned to college and got a bachelors degree. She began teaching in the Sundance school system in the early 1960s and retired from there. She loved books and music. She was an amateur painter and loved to garden. She was a fun and loving person to know and will be missed by many. She is survived by one nephew, Francis ‘Pete’ Petera of Dubois, Wyoming, and one niece, Marie Petera Vetsch of Spokane, Washington, and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ritta Draine; two brothers, Jack and Glenn Draine, and three sisters, Ruby and Eloise Draine, as infants, and Phyllis Draine Petera. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at the Sundance United Methodist Church with Pastor Dave Moorman officiating. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Wood, South Dakota, on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Memorials may be directed in memory of Sylvia to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance, WY. Online condolences may written at

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