May 23, 1964 – Friday, August 15, 2008
Community Center in Old Agency Village,
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
Leia Rae Grant was born May 23rd,1964 at Sisseton Indian Health Service to Joseph Goodbird and Minerva Goodbird. She attended Sisseton Public school until 7th grade then went to Whapeton Indian School where she graduated 8th grade. She continued schooling at Inner Mountain boarding school in Utah. She received her GED at Sisseton Whapeton community college. Leia worked at various places like Dakota Connection Casino, Black Bear Casino, Telemarketing CO, Reservation Business Community (RBC), and many more.
Leia moved to the Fond Du Lac Reservation in 2001 where she then met her Fiancé Ricky Defoe.
Leia crossed over to the Spirit World Friday the 15th of August 2008 in Duluth, Minnesota.
She is preceded in death by her Mother, Father, and Daughter Yoland Ann Phillips.
She is survived by her Sons: Joseph G. Goodbird and Orlando L. Williams both of Sisseton, S.D. &Wilbur J. YellowRobe of the Fond Du Lac Reservation. five grandchildren. Brothers & sisters: Filmore D. Grant, Jackie C. Grant, Gina J. Morgan, Neil D. Goodbird all of Sisseton S.D., Timothy D. Goodbird of Shakopee, MN, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Leia Grant were held on Wednesday August 20th at 2 p.m. at the Community Center in Old Agency Village, S.D.
Reverend Mike Simon, Reverend Clifford Canku & Al Kitto officiated.
Interment Mayasan Presbyterian Cemetery in Veblen, S.D.
Special music by Butch Felix and Mary Beth Kirk. The “High Trail” singers were the drum group.
Honorary casket bearers were: Gretta M. Simon, Tamera Siebert, Jackie Kampeska, Janelle DuMarce, Cheryl Lynn DeFoe, Marlene Myers, and Tina Diver.
Casket bearers were: Joseph Goodbird, Orlando Williams, Wilbur Yellow Robe, Timothy Goodbird, Neal Goodbird, Jarret Coon, Daniel Grant, and Daniel Keoke.