FORT THOMPSON –– Heaven Alayla Mae Estes, 23, made her journey to the Spirit World on Monday, June 12, 2017.
Heaven was born April 14, 1994 to Sheila Estes and Waylon Buck Elk Thunder in Rapid City.
Heaven grew up in McLaughlin with her other dad Jody Sam and her brothers.
Later on, Heaven moved to Fort Thompson to be with her other family and attend Crow Creek tribal school and graduated in 2013.
Heaven lived a gypsy life and graced many family members and friends with her humor and her big caring Heart. Heaven loved to laugh, joke with everyone and was wise beyond her years. Heaven always loved being around her cousins and she always spoke of and cared for her brothers and sisters. Heaven had a big heart, a big smile and always gave a helping hand to anyone in need. If you knew Heaven she would always try and help in some way or say a word of encouragement to others. Heaven loved to play basketball, softball and was a fancy and jingle dress dancer.
She is survived by her mother Sheila Estes of Rapid City, Father Jody Sam of McLaughlin, Brothers Jonathan and Eric Sam of McLaughlin, Sister Elana Elliott of Rapid City, Jeremiah Estes, Chamberlain, Marnie, Brooks Maxyne Sam of McLaughlin, Grandmother Dolly Wells of Fort Thompson, Grandmother Beverly Iron Shield of McLaughlin, Grandfather Cliff Mossett Jr. of Hallieday, ND and by many of her grandpas and grandmas, Aunty’s, uncles, cousins, and her special aunty Kasey Cadwell who she always adored and looked up to.
Preceding her in death were her Father Wayland Buck Elk Thunder, Great Grandparents Clyde, Ramona Estes and Uncle Daniel Mossett.
A two night wake service started on June 15 at the Crow Creek Tribal Hall in Fort Thompson. Funeral services were held June 17 at the Crow Creek Tribal Hall, with burial in the Holy Comforter Episcopal Cemetery in Lower Brule.