SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Lexie Wakan LaMere, 21, of South Sioux City passed over to the other side of Mao-Una's creation on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at a Sioux City hospital after a four-month struggle with leukemia. She was indeed Wakan (Sacred) and loved by many.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine Church in Winnebago, Neb., with the Rev. David Korth officiating. Burial will be in the Winnebago Indian Cemetery. Traditional wake and burial services will continue now until time of services on Monday at the St. Augustine School gym, with John Blackhawk, Chairman of the Winnebago Tribe, in charge.
Lexie Wakan was born May 16, 1992, in Sioux City to Frank and Cynthia (Rouse) LaMere. She attended St. Michael's Elementary School in South Sioux City, and graduated from Bishop Heelan High School in 2010. While attending Heelan in 2008, she was selected by Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to the U.S. Senate Page School, which she completed in 2009. She was also selected to the Nebraska Girls State Program, where she studied government affairs and also attended the Nebraska Law Cadet Program.
Following graduation from Heelan, she attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and later transferred to Creighton University in Omaha, until she became ill in August of 2013. While attending Creighton, she was a member of the White Clay Awareness Committee, and she was an administrative assistant at Ho-Chunk Inc. in Bellevue, Neb.
She was currently the elected secretary of the Dakota County Democratic Party. Lexie attended six Democratic National Conventions as a child and when she was of age, she was elected to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
Survivors include her parents, Frank and Cynthia LaMere of South Sioux City; brothers, Hazen LaMere and spouse, Delight of Sisseton, S.D., and Manape' LaMere of South Sioux City; one sister, Jennifer LaMere and spouse, Mike Henson of Yukon, Okla.; grandparents, George and Agnes of Hopkinsville, Ky.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, John and Matilda LaMere; uncles, Anthony (KIA in Vietnam), David, Randall and Willard LaMere; and aunts, Laura, Michelle and Karen LaMere.
Pallbearers will be Mike Henson, Tyler Gingery, Asa Henson, Andrew Jochum, Tony Wood, Ellis Rouse, Onis Rouse and Johnny LaMere.