July 29th, 1958 – Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Eastman Hall of Flandreau, SD
Saturday, June 21st, 2008
Brenda Lee Crow (Morning Star) “Anpao Wi Ca hpi”, age 49, journeyed to the Spirit World on Tuesday, June 17th at her residence.
She was born July 29, 1958 in Sisseton, South Dakota to the late Rosemary Donna Rederth and Lloyd Vincent Crow Sr. She was the grand daughter of Caroline Zollie (Allen) and Arthur Daniel Rederth Sr. Brenda attended school at Spafford Elementary, Canova Grade School and graduated from Flandreau High School. She later attended and graduated after studying accounting from Black Hills State College and Pipestone Vo-Tech. The late LaVern and Irma Duck were Brenda’s Foster Parents and stayed in touch with her until their passing. While in school, Brenda enjoyed several activities but was especially pleased with the fact that she took first place in Madison, South Dakota playing her clarinet. Brenda and Glenn’s favorite was baling hay with LaVern. Through out Brenda’s life, she worked several years in and for her Tribe, both professionally and in a civil capacity. Professionally she was 1st American Mart Manager, Health Clinic Maintenance and Youth Supervisor for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. Civilly, she was constantly active with her peers and in the community. Her home was the designated “Homeless Shelter” for all who needed a home and not one was left hungry. She was always someone’s sister, mom, grandma, auntie or a very good friend. All her life, Brenda was a top of the line craftsman with her pipestone carvings and Native Beadwork. Because of her cultural beliefs, Brenda got “Permission” to work with our Sacred pipestone as it was part of her livelihood. Brenda married Gregg Eugene Nelson in 1977 and from this union, Brenda became the mother of two beautiful, wonderful gifts from God (as Brenda stated it) called Nicole Rose Nelson and Skye Lynn Nelson.
Brenda is survived by a daughter: Nicole Nelson, administrator, (Lloyd Lange Jr.) of Flandreau; granddaughters: Amber Rose Lange (Strong Woman) “Saka Win” and Ashley Ann Lange (Little Feather) “Magahin Cistina Win”; a son: Skye Nelson of Flandreau; brothers and sisters: Dana (Betty) Red Earth, Conrad (Julie) Rederth, Jeffery Robin (Billie) Rederth, Lloyd “John” Crow Jr., Glen Rederth, Darwin (Marie) Crow, Becky Red Earth-Villeda (Trinidad) and Melodie Crow all of Flandreau. Twenty four nieces and nephews, twenty eight great nieces and nephews, biologically and culturally, the whole native community.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Funeral Services for Brenda Lee Crow were held on Saturday, June 21st at 2:00 P.M. at Eastman Hall in Flandreau, South Dakota. Pastor Ronald K. McKinney officiated.
Private interment First Presbyterian Cemetery.
All night wakes were held on Thursday, June 19th and Friday, June 20th beginning at 7:00 P.M. at Eastman Hall.
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“In the Garden” &
“How Great Thou Art”
First Presbyterian Choir
Drum Group “Many Lightening Group” “Rememberance Song”-Jeremiah Rederth
Dana Wrobleski Zachary Crow
Nathan Red Earth Skye Nelson
Derrick Red Earth Randy Schmidt
Louis Montgomery III Art Schmidt
Clarence Montgomery Jim Weddell
Jeremiah Rederth Wilfred Schrader Jr.
Special Honorary Pallbearers:
Dana Red Earth Glen Rederth
Becky Red Earth-Villeda Melodie Crow
Conrad Rederth Darwin Crow
Jeffrey Robin Rederth Lloyd Crow Jr.
Honorary Pall Bearers: All of Brenda’s Kodas