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June 13, 1969 – Sunday, March 20, 2011

Service Information
The Eastman Hall in Flandreau, South Dak
Thursday, March 24, 2011
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information

Wahca Waste Win “Pretty Flower Woman”
Marie Nadine Drapeau ( Wahca Waste Win- “Pretty Flower Woman”) came into the world on June 13, 1969, at Sioux Valley hospital, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She left for the Spirit World on March 20, 2011.

Marie attended Flandreau High School and graduated in 1987. She was active in sports; played volleyball, ran track and participated in the drill team. Marie was interested in education. She attended Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Later, she attended The University Center in Sioux Falls. Her goal was to become a counselor and to work to help her people.

Marie was baptized at The First Presbyterian church in Flandreau. She participated in many church sponsored programs and activities as a young girl close beside her grandmother, Marie Allen.

Marie was active in her culture and was named by her grandmother, Marie Allen. Her name was Wahca Waste Win “Pretty Flower Woman”. Marie grew up on the pow-wow trail as a young girl and was a fancy shawl dancer. She enjoyed attending pow-wows and had pledged to dance for her people.
Marie was the mother of two children; Devin Allen Drapeau and Nadine Marie Drapeau. Her children were the most important people in her life.

Marie is survived by her two children; Devin Allen Drapeau, and Nadine Marie Drapeau, Mother, Eloise Nadine Drapeau (Allen), Father, Vine M. Drapeau Sr. all living in Flandreau, SD.Brother, Vine M. Drapeau Jr. (Lisa) Chandler, AZ, and Brother Brian P. Drapeau, Flandreau. Grandmother Marclline Kaiser, Rock Island, IL. Auntie Marie Penney (Dave), Lapwai, Idaho. Cousins Sarah, Iris, Farren, Santee and Lucas, Idaho. Marie has numerous cousins in Flandreau, SD.

Marie was preceded in death by her Grandmother Marie I. Allen, Grandfather George L. Allen Sr. and Uncle George L. Allen Jr.

Funeral services for Marie Drapeau will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 10:00 A.M. at The Eastman Hall in Flandreau, South Dakota. Interment will follow at First Presbyterian Cemetery. Reverend Dave Knutson will officiate. Traditional Spirit Leaders will be Galen Drapeau, Martha Thomas and Patty Thomas.

Special music by organist: Bill Bean and Mato Pejuta-Drum Group.

An all night wake will be held on Wednesday, March 23rd beginning at 7:00 P.M. at Eastman Hall in Flandreau, South Dakota.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Julie Stephens, Marie Wakeman, Marcie Redday, Jodeen Hanson, Brookie Corcoran, Annie Wakeman, Paula Clarey, Brenda Weston, Christina Weston, Luwanna Olthoff, Nicole Nelson, Sarah Penney, Iris Chimburas, Sarah Tree Top and Gina Williams.

Casket Bearers will be Devin Drapeau, Vine Drapeau Jr., Brian Drapeau, Tequis Penney, Santee Penney, Christopher Barse, Tracii Barse and Dave Williams.

The Chilson Funeral Home – Winsted, is proud to have served the family.

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Darcie Earley

    So sorry about your loss. Mmy thoughts and prayers are with you. Wish I could make it back home but just remember during this diffucult time I am thinking of her and the family. I just can’t believe this. Marie was very loved by everyone. She touched many, many hearts. If youu need anything, please let me know. Remember God only takes the best and Marie was truly the best. I love you all.

  2. Katie Ramsdell Harms

    I am sorry for your huge loss. I have very fond memories of Marie’s laugh and smile. She will be missed by so many people. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

  3. Claudine Lagge

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Marie was a special person and I was honored to have known her all her life. She will be forever in our hearts.

  4. Jennifer Deon

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Marie! I know she will be truly missed.
    I came to know Marie from visiting my dad (Jeff Cochran) over the summers in Flandreau. She was always smiling and laughing. It was always to nice to see her when I visited. I will be praying for her and her family in this time of grief. God Bless.

  5. Kim Johnson

    I have fond memories of Eloise, Marie and Baby Nadine coming to the tanning salon and having many laughs. Remember the good times! You are in my prayers.

    Kim Johnson

  6. Angela Barnett

    Sending condolences to the Drapeau family. KK, I am sorry to hear about your sister and keeping the family in my prayers.

  7. Luanna Olthoff

    Vine, Eloise, Devin, and Nadine,

    I just wanted to send my condolences and let you know how sad I am about Marie’s death. She was one of a kind…beautiful both inside and out. Even in her illness she could light up a room. I rejoice that she had the chance to reunite with all of you before she died. Now she will be able to rest in peace.

    Love and prayers for you all,

    Luanna Olthoff

  8. Cindy Duffert

    Marie was a lovely woman who bought joy into the world wherever she went. Her smile would light up a room.

  9. Tresa Knoff

    Eloise and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Am thinking of you and praying your positive memories sustain you.
    Tresa Knoff

  10. Tresa Knoff

    Eloise and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Am thinking of you and praying your positive memories sustain you.
    Tresa Knoff

  11. Isabelle New Moon


    Dear El and Marie,
    Your children and grandchildren
    are lucky to have two special moms and grandmas for love and guidance. Marie’s traits
    and values are her mom, auntie and grandma. You miss her smiles and kindness that mirror the both of you.


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