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July 21, 1938 – Sunday, March 13, 2011

Service Information
Community Center in Old Agency Village,
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information

Marjorie Elaine Ragsdale, daughter of Herbert and Grace (Supanji) Brant, was born July 21, 1938 in Sisseton, South Dakota.

She attended both Wahpeton and Flandreau Indian Schools where she graduated.

Marjorie later relocated to California, where she lived and worked to start a new beginning. She worked various jobs and had made a life for herself. This is also how she met the love of her life, Herman Ragsdale. They made their home in Eden, South Dakota and were united in marriage on October 4, 1981.

She loved to go to the casino and play her favorite quarter machine, Double Diamonds. She also never missed a time to stop and get her scratch tickets.

Marjorie loved to quilt blankets, do bead work, gardening, and swim in her younger years. She also loved her many cats and made sure they were always fed. She loved playing her favorite hand-held poker machine.

Marjorie was as tough as they come, making sure things were done the right way. However, she was also comical, making people laugh at something she said or did. She had many good stories to tell.
Most of all, Marjorie loved her family very much and loved spending time with them and her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by all of her family members and friends.

Marjorie passed away suddenly on Sunday afternoon, March 13, 2011 at The Tekakwitha Living Center in Sisseton, South Dakota.

Marjorie is survived by her daughters: Cheryl Ragsdale of Eden, South Dakota, Elizabeth Gruhkle of Rochester, Minnesota, Diane Simeute of Lake George, New York and Marshalia Hale of Topanga Canyon, California; sons: Dale Seminole of San Diego, California and Semoine Seminole of Sisseton, South Dakota; grandchildren: Selena and Jasmine White of Eden, South Dakota and Kayden Nataya Peterson of Veblen, South Dakota and Crystal Rulland of Rochester, Minnesota.

Funeral Services for Marjorie Ragsdale will be held on Thursday, March 17th at 10:00 A.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. Interment Sisseton City Cemetery/Veteran’s section.
CLP Filmore Simon, Sacristan John Cloud III, Gerald Heminger Jr. and Reverend Enright Bighorn will officiate.

Special music by Butch Felix and Billy Kohl.

All night wakes will be held on Tuesday, March 15th and Wednesday, March 16th beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Barbara King, Pat Gill, Rolette Eastman, Carole Iron Mocasin, Crystal Harwood, Darlene King, Darla Labelle, Wanda Dirsseller, Beatrice Wanna, Carole White, Colette White, Pauline Kipp, Gertrude Renville and all of Marjorie’s family and friends.

Active Pallbearers will be Leslie King, Alcott Brant, Stacy Brant Sr., Sam Harwood, Dusty Cloud, Ronnie Brant, Tracy Harwood and Geno DeMarrias.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

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