Aurelia (Swan) Cisneros, 70, Eagle Butte,
passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021,
at Spanish Fork Rehab Nursing Home, Spanish Fork, UT.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. MDT, Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at the CRST Bingo Hall, Eagle Butte, SD. Burial will follow in the LDS Cemetery, Cherry Creek. Wake services will be 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at the hall, with a procession from the 4-mile east of town at 4:00 p.m.
Aurelia Lucille Swan was born October 5, 1950, in Pierre South Dakota. She was the second to the oldest of seven children: the late Delilah (Madonna) Demery (Swan), the late Valerie Swan, the late James Swan, the late Irene Lara (Swan), Pamela Castro (Swan), and the late Nola Swan. She grew up in Cherry Creek, South Dakota with her parents and siblings in a home built by her father, Manuel James Swan.
Aurelia had seven children, three sons: the late Alwin Earl Swan, Gillis James Bear Stops Jr., Lumanuel Joseph Two Two and four daughters: the late Aleta Estelle Bear Stops, Angeli Evon Chavez (Bear Stops), the late Madonna Mae Morrison (Bear Stops), and Lucy Josephine Two Two.
She attended school in Cherry Creek and Idaho and graduated high school at C.E.B. (Cheyenne Eagle Butte). She would often speak proudly of her senior pictures being in a brochure. At one point she wanted to be a nurse and attended school in Pierre, South Dakota and then decided it wasn’t for her. Later on, she would earn her accounting degree at Steven Henagar’s College in Provo, Utah.
Aurelia was very active in the LDS church at a very young age. From being baptized to attending the Indian Placement Program and serving on a youth mission. She continued serving in the relief society and was involved in various activities from potlucks to teaching Sunday School. She loved to attend church weekly. Aurelia did have a temple recommendation and traveled to various Temples throughout her life. Salt Lake City Temple was her favorite.
Throughout Aurelia’s life she loved to travel and work in numerous cities. One of her favorite places that she lived, and work was Chicago, Illinois. She would often speak of her job at ITW Chronomatics. Aurelia was very family oriented and truly cared about her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. This led to her quitting her job in Chicago moving to Utah to take care of some of her grandchildren. While living in Utah she worked at Nestle until her retirement.
After retirement she moved back to Cheyenne River Reservation living in Isabel, then Cherry Creek, and finally Eagle Butte. While living in Eagle Butte she volunteered with the Foster Grandparent Program for a period of roughly ten years, which placed her at the daycare in Eagle Butte.
Her hobbies were going to pow wows, beading, sewing, playing bingo, and going to casinos with her siblings. One memory that stood out was of her late brother James Swan and brother in-law Enrique Castro. Her brother starting dancing next to the slot machine which drew a crowd. She would lovingly laugh when she recalled that memory.
Aurelia was true to her native name “Cante Waste Winyan” (Good Hearted Woman). Aurelia will be dearly missed. Thank you for being in our lives.
Aurelia survived by daughter: Angeli (Jenaro Sr.) Chavez, grandchildren: Jace Bear Stops, Jolene Bear Stops, TyRee Bear Stops, Alondra Chavez Leon, Jenaro Chavez Leon Jr., Isac Chavez Leon, Demetrio Chavez Leon, grandchildren: Jovonna Adkins (Charlie) and children Ophelia Rae, Oliver Edmund, Veronica Vargas and children Mauricia Rose Romero and Kaden Jay Vargas, Maria Melchor, Maria Ahokava (Atunaisa) and daughter Polosalina, Martha TeNagio, Juan TeNagio and family; son: Gillis Bear Stops Jr., grandchildren: Brianna Iron Hawk, Brennon Iron Hawk and his children Zayne, Wakinyan and Emma Iron Hawk, Wakinyan Hill, El’Wyn and Al’lyn Bear Stops, Manual Morrison, Gillis Bear Stops III; son, Lumanuel Two Two and family; daughter: Lucy Two Two and family, grandchildren: Juan Barragan Jr. and family; Delilah, Jacob Barragan, Asya Swan; her sister, Pamela (Enrique) Castro; hunka brothers: Richard Red Elk and Calvin Edwards; aunts: Rita Condon, and Jeanette Condon; uncles: Skinny Condon, Reggie Condon, and Harold Condon; nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Manuel and Angeline Swan; children: Alwin Swan, Aleta Bear Stops, Madonna Morrison (Bear Stops); siblings: Madonna (Swan) Demery, Valerie Swan, James Swan, Irene Lara, and Nola Swan; paternal grandparents: James and Lucy Swan and maternal grandparents: Silas and Mary Condon; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Aurelia’s arrangements.