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Stacey Lea ShieldsFree Access

Stacey Lea Shields

January 13, 1976 – January 23, 2022



Stacey L. Shields was born on January 13, 1976, in Yankton, SD, to Pauline and Schmo Shields. She passed away at the age of 46 on January 23, 2022. Stacey called Fort Thompson home for most of her life. She attended school in Chamberlain and graduated from high school in 1994. Her class was the last one to graduate from the old high school and she said it was the end of an era. She attended the University of South Dakota before returning to Fort Thompson to work at various jobs including Shelby’s, Lode Star Casino, and Wildlife. She was hired by BIA Social Services in 2001, where she spent the rest of her career.


How do you describe Stacey? Everyone has their own unique story or experience where she made them feel special. Stacey was all about keeping family traditions and customs alive. She was the party planner, organizer, and game player. She has been described as generous, caring, compassionate, stubborn, funny, and a quiet leader. When she needed something to get done, she made sure to give all the right directions to anyone who was within earshot. Stacey loved her dog Rudy, bowling league, reading, listening to music, road trips, watching TikToks and sharing her favorites with people, and spending time with her family and friends. Her dry sense of humor and wit were well-known, and her laugh was contagious like her Aunt Karen’s. Stacey took good care of the cats that lived outside her house, just like she took care of everyone around her.


Grateful for sharing her life are her faithful Mini Pin Rudy (Babe); brothers Raymond (Michelle) Shields of Wood Lake, NE, and Bert (Lori) Shields of Mission, SD; three uncles Randy (Cheryl) Shields, Sr., Tony Wright, and Terry Quilt; three aunts Josette Irving, Penny Black Bull, and Alsephine Joseph; cousins raised as sisters Trisha (Tayden and Macy) and Mary (Thomasina, Karen, Evelynn, and Justin Jr.); and Grandma Rose Eagle Star. She will be deeply missed by countless other family members, friends, co-workers, and the entire community.


Stacey was preceded in death by her parents, William (Schmo) Shields, Jr. and Pauline (Quilt) Shields, and many special grandparents, aunts, uncles, relatives, and friends.




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