July 17, 1952 – Friday, April 8, 2011
The Community Center in Old Agency Villa
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Effie Eloise Peck, 59, of Agency Village, S.D. entered the Spirit World on Friday, April 8, 2011 after a long illness. Effie was born on July 17, 1952 to Elijah and Thelma (Danforth) Blackthunder. Effie grew up in Sisseton, SD. She attended schools in Wahpeton, ND, graduated from Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Utah and attended United Tribes Technical College in Bismark, ND. Effie worked in Green Bay, Wisconsin at the Headstart Program. While there, she met and married Donald Melchert (deceased), and together they had a daughter Katherine Melchert. Effie later met and married William Peck and together they had three children: Jennifer, Tina and William. Effie worked as a Clerk of Courts for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe for fifteen years. She also worked at the Dakota Connection Casino as The Administrative Assistant for the past eighteen years. Effie enjoyed reading, visiting with family just talking and laughing, traveling and family gatherings – always having big birthday parties. Most of all, Effie enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren, “telling them secrets.”
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and brothers Edward “Pete”, Edwin “Jimmie” and sisters Edna and Katherine and niece Tyra Keeble. Effie is survived by daughters Katherine, Jennifer Tina and son William; siblings Mary, Everette and Edmond; numerous grandchildren, neices and nephews.
Funeral services for Effie Peck were held on Wednesday, April 13th at 2:00 p.m. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. Father Chan officitiated. Interment l followed at The Traditional Burial Grounds.
Drum Group was The Cook Brothers.
All night wakes were held on Sunday, April 10th, Monday, April 11th and Tuesday, April 12th beginning at 7:00 P.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.
Honorary Pallbearers were:
Verna Rouillard Fena RedWing
Linda Obago Brenda Greybuffalo
Catherine Thompson Lisa Forcier
Sharon Flute Ronni Keeble
Zachary White Kevin Lein
Brenda “Dolly” Blackthunder
J.C. “James” Crawford
Connie Danforth Joyce Cornelius
all of her friends and relatives.
Active Pallbearers were:
Everette Blackthunder Jr.
Michael Richard Blackthunder
Thomas LaBlanc Jr.
Michael “Sonny” Dorsch Jerold Dorsch
Okkipe “Coke” Jones
Philllip Dorsch Adam Melchert
Marvin “Chap” Maskewit