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04/22/2017 - Delores Clara Whitehead

Delores Clara Whitehead was born on September 29, 1933 at home by the Oglala dam.  Delores made her journey to the Spirit World on April 16, 2017 at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, SD.

Delores was married to Pete Swift Bird, Sr. and to this union three children were born, her sons, Pete (Blanch Richards) Swift Bird, Jr. and Joseph (Deanna Renee) Swift Bird both of Wolf Creek, SD; daughter, Carla (Jack) Swift Bird-Pittman of Wolf Creek, SD; grandsons, Tom, Leon, Kenny, Nicholas, Pete II, and Sean Swift Bird; granddaughters, Francesa Swift Bird-Vanterpool, Samantha Pittman, and Tiarra Swift Bird; great grandsons, Jake Swift Bird and Kayden Lee Vanterpool; nephews, David, Tom, Owen, Jr., Tom II, Carl, Jr., R.J., and Phillip; nieces, Bernadine, Cathy, Mildred, Billie Jo, Alicia, Mayda, Beverly, and Cindy; and numerous cousins. 

Delores was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Alice Patton; brothers, Vincent, Thern, Lloyd, Owen, Francis, and Carl Patton; sisters, Geraldine and Ramona Patton; paternal grandparents, James Patton, Lottie Cuny (daughter of Adolph Cuny and Josephine Bissonette-Cuny, Delores was the last living granddaughter of Adolph and Josephine (Bissonette) Cuny;) maternal grandparents, John, Sr. and Ida White Magpie-Bear Robe; uncles, Rueben & Jeremy Bear Robe, Sam Bear Robe; John & Flossie Bear Robe; aunts, Rose Two Bulls-Bear Robe and Stella and Steven Starr and numerous cousins.

Delores grandmother Lottie told her stories of growing up on Cuny Table.  The highlights of Delores life were going out to Cuny Table to visit great grandma Josephine’s grave, she passed away before Delores was born, but she felt she knew her because of grandmother Lotties many stories.  Delores hobbies were crocheting, sewing, and her greatest past time was reading her extensive collection of books. 

Delores wanted to express that it was her final wish to be cremated and laid to rest next to her aunt, Rose White Magpie. 

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose…”

Memorial Services:  9:00 AM, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Our Lady of the Sioux Catholic Church in Oglala, SD

Traditional Lakota Services:  10:00 AM, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD

Officiating:  Father Peter Klink, S.J. and Sister Barb Bogenschutz

Traditional Lakota Services:  Mr. Marvin Helper

Burial Services:  Our Lady of the Sioux Catholic Cemetery, Oglala, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD

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