EAGLE BUTTE – Pauline Alva Eagle Chasing, Honors Her Family (Tatiwahe un Yuonihanpi Win), 64, made her journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, January 11, 2017, at Golden Living Center in Pierre.
Pauline Alva Eagle Chasing was born on September 11, 1952, in Old Agency to Margaret Eagle Chasing. She spent her early years in Cherry Creek and attended school in Cheyenne Eagle Butte and Ricks College.
Pauline was a very strong Lakota woman. She was a proud mother of her seven children, whom she raised on her own. She taught her children religion, and she was a wonderful mentor for her children. She was always seen at their school functions with a smile on her face and was proud of her children. She encouraged her children to play a musical instrument in school and stood proud as they were playing music for her. She has worked with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in numerous areas but spent a majority of her time in the L.I.H.E.A.P. office. Pauline would spend long hours at work, sometimes on weekends. She ensured that people were warm during the winter and cool during the summer months. Many times she spent countless hours with no food just to make sure the people were taken care of. She walked through blizzards, rain storms or hot days to work, and dedicated her time to the program and people. Once she fell sick with a stroke, she spent the remainder of her life at the Golden Living Center in Pierre.While there, she often asked about people she dealt with on a daily basis and was still encouraging us to check our propane tank so we stayed warm. She was blessed with grandchildren early in the 90s and she did what she could to help care for each of them. She was very proud of her grandchildren and hosted numerous sleepovers with them. She passed on her knowledge to them and taught them some Lakota ways and traditions that the grandchildren use on a daily basis. She always made them a priority.
She is survived by her children: Jody Bad Warrior of Eagle Butte, Jackie (Donovan) Hart of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jayme (Marlene) Bad Warrior of Albuquerque, N.M., Jerylin (Stuart) Bad Warrior of Eagle Butte, Jovanna (Elliot) Blue Coat of Eagle Butte, Joni Bad Warrior of Sioux Falls, and Tyson (Laci) Eagle Chasing of Lantry; her grandchildren: Andrew, Misty, Wambli Cincala, Ta’Ampetu Waste Win, Olowan Waste Win, P’Tan Yetu Hoksila, Kyler James, Jayme Alan Jr, Kari, Alex, Austin, Allen, Lincoln James, Angelica, Asia, Eli Kaden, Keeley Gena Rose, Caroline, Casey, Vincent Jr., Curtis, Prestin Rylee and Ty’Ann; great grandchildren: Leon James and Aria Kyrie; sisters: Carmalita Eagle Chasing and Delvinia Eagle Chasing; and many other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret; brothers: Carlin and Jack; sisters: Genevieve, Sylvia, Freda and Lavinia.
Funeral services were held Jan.10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Eagle Butte. Burial followed in the LDS Mormon Cemetery in Cherry Creek. A wake service was held Jan.. 9, at the Old Agency Building.
Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Pauline’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)