Claire (Ghost) Kelly


Funeral services for 52-year-old Claire (Ghost) Kelly of Manderson, SD, are Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 2:00 at the #9 Community Church in Manderson with Ms. Joyce Tibbitts officiating and traditional Lakota services by Mr. Mike Little Boy Sr.

Burial is at the St Agnes Catholic Church Cemetery in Manderson

A one-night wake service starts Monday, August 23, at 10:30, also at the #9 Community Church in Manderson.

Claire Marie (Ghost) Kelly “Tuwapaha Numpa Win” was born on June 21, 1969 in Santa Clara, CA to John Ghost and Betty Janis.  Claire made her journey to the Spirit World on August 13, 2021 at her home in Manderson, SD.

Claire is survived by her mother, Betty Janis; children, Katie Kelly, Minnie Kelly, Emmett Kelly, Jr., and Alaric Kelly; siblings, Johnlynn Ghost, Twila Ghost, Timothy Ghost, Sean Ghost, Nicholas Black Elk, Frank Ghost, Timothy Kills Small, Adrienne Black Elk, Darrien Ghost, Fawn Irving, Tonya Twiss, Michelle Twiss, and Sherri Twiss; grandchildren, Autumn Kelly, Delores Kelly, Wanbli Horse, Manola Respects Nothing, Angelo Respects Nothing, Jr., Nona Angel Apple; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

Claire was preceded in death by her spouse, Emmett Ray Kelly, Sr.; father, John Ghost; sister, Misty Ghost; brothers, Ramon Twiss, Sr. and Tyrone Kills Small; grandmother, Lula Two Bonnets; grandfather, Vance Ghost; nieces, Jeanette Jumping Eagle and Natasha Clifford; granddaughter, Amber Ortiz; and great granddaughter, Alliyah Horse.  

Pallbearers will be Austin Kelly, Sr., Eric Kills Enemy At Night, Sr., William “Beej” Little Dog, JaShon Kelly, Jayden Twiss, Alex Looks Twice, Jr., Leroy Looks Twice III, Cody Janis, David “TeeJ” Little Dog, and Jeremy Clifford.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Jones, Ghost Families, Kelly Families, Janis Families, Two Bonnets Families, Fire Thunder Families, DeSersa Families, Black Elk Families, Whirlwind Horse Famlies, Apple Families, Little Dog Families, Steele Families, Jumping Eagle Families, Villareal Families, White Plume Families, Catches Families, Tobacco Families, Pourier Families, O’Rourke Families, Brings Plenty Families, Gibbons Families, Little Families, Looks Twice Families, Mesteth Families, Tall Families, Flynn Families, White Butterfly Families, Clifford Families, Cuny Families, Pourier Families, Black Eyes Families, Black Families, Waters Families, Eagle Hawk Families, White Hawk Families, Bissonette Families, Laforge Families, Horse Families, Rowland Families, Boltz Families, Martinez Families, Pettigrew Families, Garnier Families, Palmier Families, Red Elk Families, Shangreaux Families, Black Tail Deer Families, Twiss Families, Two Bulls Families, Good Voice Elk Families, Youngman Families, Red Elk Families, LaDeaux Families, Little Boy Families, Sleeping Bear Families, Plenty Wolf Families, Ther Families, Garibaldi Families, Respects Nothing Families, Lessert Families, Tilsen Families, Testerman Families, Swain Families, Colhoff Families, Poor Bear Families, Shields Families, Weston Families, Tilsen Families, Baptiste Families, Wounded Knee District School, Little Wound High School, Pine Ridge Hospital & Ambulance Services, Monument Health Hospital, Regional West Medical-Scottsbluff, NE, Rockyford School, Flowering Tree, United Tribes Tech., and All Friends & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD

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