KYLE – Matilda Rose Montileaux was born on September 14, 1954 to George William Ruff and Sarah Littlebull at home near Kyle, SD. Matilda made her journey to the Spirit World on July 14, 2022 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.
Matilda was a life-long learner and educator. She not only excelled in Western education, but her knowledge of the Lakota language, traditional and spiritual culture, thought and philosophy was immeasurable. There was nothing that she couldn’t accomplish. In addition, she was a master seamstress, quilter, and artist which was displayed through her amazing beadwork. She created many beautiful one of a kind pieces for so many special people. She was a teacher and mentor to many and truly lived by the Lakota values. Her passion was working with children and youth of all ages. She poured her beautiful loving soul into each child without prejudice. Her intentions were to edify and uplift those around her which was done with grace. That in itself is an art form that had a far reaching effect on her family and community. Her professional career included employment at Little Wound School, Crazy Horse School, Oglala Lakota College, and Porcupine School. She also sat on numerous boards and was always involved in cultural and community projects. All while caring for her community, she was able to simultaneously raise and pour just as much time, energy, unconditional love, and support into her family. She cherished her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchild. She was a precious mother and woman of honor who will be missed dearly.
Matilda is survived by her children, Bert Lee Montileaux, Sr., Belva Lynn Montileaux, Gladys Ann Montileaux, Hawkeye Jess Montileaux, and Sundown J. Montileaux, Sr.; grandchildren, Eric J. Rojas, Journey Rose Flying Hawk, Landan Lawrence Clement, Tyrell Marcus Williams, Tayshawn Maurice Montileaux, Jessie Lynn Montileaux, Elliyanna Montileaux, and Sundown J. Montileaux, Jr.; great grandson, Keya Jude Rojas; sisters, Avrielle Marshall and Nellie Bald Eagle; aunt, Georgianne Littlebull; and uncle, Howard Blue Bird.
Matilda was preceded in death by her parents, George Ruff and Sarah Littlebull; spouse, Lawrence Montileaux; grandchildren, Bert Lee Montileaux, Jr., Mariah LeeAnn Montileaux, and Precious Star Montileaux; brothers, Myron Ghost Bear and Robert Ghost Bear; sister, Gladys Ghost Bear; maternal grandparents, David Littlebull and Jettie Imitates Dog; paternal grandparents, William George Ruff and Rose (Clifford) Ruff; great grandparents, Maggie Featherman, Henry Littlebull, Wallace Imitates Dog, Belle (Black Bear) Imitates Dog, Mortimer Clifford, and Julia Margurite Lucia; and great-great grandparents, Littlebull & Holy Bear, Bob Featherman, Eagle Feather, Imitates Dog, Short Cheyenne Woman, Black Bear, and Julia Yankton (Her Many Horses).
Pallbearers will be Chuck Littlebull, Brian Littlebull, Robert Lopez, Vincent Lopez, Albert Lopez, Delaney Apple, Osceola Blue Horse, Brian Hopkins, and Jamie Big Crow.
Honorary pallbearers will be Maske pi Iyuha, Titakuye na Otakuye pi ki.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 3:30 PM, Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the Matilda Montileaux Residence located at 111 No Flesh Road S., Kyle, SD with evening services starting at 7:00 PM.
Funeral Services: 10:00 AM, Thursday, July 21, 2022 at the Matilda Montileaux Residence, No Flesh-Kyle, SD
Officiating: Rev. Cordelia Red Owl, Mona Vocu, Cissy Loafer, and Ruby Clifford
Traditional Lakota Services: Richard Moves Camp
Burial Services: 10:00 AM, Monday, July 25, 2022 at the Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery, Kyle, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD