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Tommie Hill, 16Free Access

May 21, 2006 ~ January 6, 2023

LAPLANT – Tommie Hill, 16, of LaPlant, made her journey to the Spirit World Friday, January 6, 2023, at her home in LaPlant.

Tommie L. Hill “Akan Najin Win” (Stands Above Woman) was born May 21, 2006, to Ford Lee Hill and Mollie Lee in Eagle Butte. She was raised along Virgin Creek, SD. Tommie attended Tiospaye Topa School in LaPlant from kindergarten through eleventh grade.

Tommie was a jingle dress dancer and had her very own style. She always dreamt of becoming a professional dancer and wanted to dance in front of thousands of people. One of her other many talents was drawing, striving to be a beautiful artist. Some other aspirations of Tommie’s were to become a professional fighter, a veterinarian, or a cosmetologist, anything that allowed her to travel the world.

Tommie enjoyed making videos, taking pictures, cooking, baking, learning about the Lakota language and culture, taking nature walks, and collecting rocks, which she has done since she was a little girl. She loved all animals, especially the calf her Uncle Pat gave her, which she named Skyla. Tommie raised Skyla since she was a newborn calf, and she still has it to this day. Thankfully, her friend Trevor Gray will be taking care of Skyla now. She was also blessed with her cat Snowball and her dog, Rocky.

Tommie will be missed dearly by her many family members and friends.

Tommie is survived by her parents: Ford L. Hill and Mollie P. Lee; brothers: Craig and Delory Lee; sisters: Keisha, Kelcie, Iris, MJ, Lyn’Dee and Cody; nieces: Demi, KK, Khloe’, Jae’Rose and Alani; nephews: Akicita, Jackson and many other nieces and nephews; aunts: Germaine Dunn, Arliss (Pat) Gray, and Lola Lee; uncles: Floyd (Jean) Hill and family, Arlen, Glen, Lonnie, and Kee Lee;  cousins: Bobbie Pearman and children, Leslie LeCompte and children, Sami (Mike) Starr, Tina (Ted) Rousseau, Ty Lee, Shania (Trey) Lee, Sharon, Ivis and Isaiah Lee, Ashley and Thomas Lee, David Lee, Kyle and Priscilla Lee, Kirsten Pretty Weasel, and Olivia and Laurent Howard.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Belva and Frank Hill and Myra and Francis Lee; uncles: Francis Jr., Myrlin and Tommy Lee; aunts: Bobbie Johnson and Beverly Cloud Eagle; cousins: CL Johnson and Eddie Crow Feather.

Funeral services were 1:00 p.m. MST, Saturday, January 14, 2023, at the Tiospaye Topa School Gym, LaPlant. Burial followed in the Virgin Creek Cemetery, LaPlant.  Wake services were at  7:00 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2022, at the school, with a procession from the hill east of town at 4:00 p.m.

Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Tommie’s arrangements.

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