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Joy Lee (Kills Warrior) Bush, 74Free Access

Joy Lee (Kills Warrior) Bush, 74

October 29, 1948 ~ April 13, 2023

PORCUPINE – Joy Lee (Kills Warrior) Bush, 74 made her journey to the Spirit World on April 13, 2023 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.Joy was born October 29, 1948 in Chadron, NE to Louis and Kathryn Slow Bear-Kills Warrior.

Joy and her brother and sister moved with their parents to Los Angeles, California, during the 1954 Re-Location Action. During her lifetime, Joy has been working and providing for her family, including taking on her nieces and nephews. In 1967, Joy married the love of her life, Ronald Bush; from this union, they were blessed with four children; Ronelle, Mona, Ronald Jr., and Jason. When her mother, Kathryn, passed away unexpectedly, Joy cared for her brothers and sisters until they grew up and had children. Through the hard times, Joy & Ron took on Paul, Adrianne, Leah, Ronald, Donald, Catherine, Cameron, Charles, Darrell, Ricky, and Tanya after their parents could not care for them.

Joy continued caring for her children while taking on extra souls to care for, which was her family for many years. In 1983, Joy graduated from Oglala Lakota College with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, after which she began a career as an educator for over 40 years. Joy worked for the CAP Office in Porcupine and the OST Head Start Program before her career in education. Joy worked for the Oglala Lakota County School District, Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary, Little Wound School, and Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Rapid City. She retired from education after working at Pahin Sinte Owayawa. Joy believed in education and encouraged her children, all 15 of them, to go for their education and be successful.

Joy was a modest and modern Lakota Woman who loved to go on her casino trips with her love, Ronnie. Every Friday evening, for many years, was a constant trip to Rapid City, going on a grocery run to provide for the many children she took on. Although Joy took on many children, she taught everyone to clean, cook, attend school, and get their education. Joy loved to cook for everyone’s birthday and provide meals for every occasion, even getting corn beef hash for St. Patrick’s Day. Joy taught her daughters and nieces the role of a modern Lakota woman to cook, clean, and provide for their children. During her time on this Earth, Joy told the sacred stories of her grandparents that they passed on to her; she was a fluent Lakota speaker. In the tradition of a military family, Joy was the flag bearer for her father and brothers, whom all served proudly in the Armed Forces. Upon their death, the role of the flag bearer was passed onto her, and she continued to support her relatives who served and currently serve in the military.

Joy is survived by her spouse of 56 years, Ronald Bush Sr.; children, Ronelle Bush, Mona (James) Twiss, Ronald Bush, Jr., and Jason Bush; Aunt Noreen (Ken) Lone Elk; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Cousins Dorothy, Leah, and Tara Brown Bear.

Joy was proceeded in death by a daughter; Debra Bush; parents; Louis Kills Warrior & Kathryn Slow Bear-Kills Warrior; sisters; Amadeen, Berna, Tanya (Tiny), Katherine Kills Warrior, and Copia White Bull; brothers; Allen (Tiny), Darwin, and Ronald Kills Warrior; Grandparents: Allen Kills Warrior & Julia High Cat-Kills Warrior, Baptiste Slow Bear & Rose Bear Robe. Nephew; Darrell Alcott, Nieces; Adrienne & Leah White Bull.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Twiss, Robert Pourier, Donald Kills Warrior, Jr., James Bush, Virgil Bush, Jr., Charles Bush, Brandon Blue Bird, and Mniluzahe Berg.

Honorary pallbearers will be all friends & relatives. 

Wake Services:  One night wake service starting at 10:00 AM, Friday, April 21, 2023 at the Rockyford School Old Gymnasium in Rockyford, SD.

Funeral Services:  1:00 PM, Saturday, April 22, 2023 at the Rockyford School Old Gymnasium in Rockyford, SD.

Officiating:  Lay Minister Anthony Wounded Head

Traditional Lakota Services:  Marlin Medicine Horse

Burial Services:  Bush Family Cemetery, Porcupine, SD

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD

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