Funeral services for 86-year old Florence Ten Fingers are Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the 7th Day Adventist Cemetery in Red Shirt Table with Elder Donovan Youngman, Rev. Robert Two Bulls, and Deacon Rev. Twyla Two Bulls officiating and traditional Lakota services by Sage Brings Plenty
Burial will be at the 7th Day Adventist Cemetery in Red Shirt Table.
Visitation will precede the funeral from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, also at the 7th Day Adventist Cemetery in Red Shirt Table
Florence L. Ten Fingers was born in a tent near Yellow Bear Canyon on July 1, 1934 to John Two Bulls and Goldie Conquering Bear-Two Bulls. Florence made her journey to the Spirit World on November 6, 2020 at her home in Oglala, SD.
Florence was given the Lakota name “Can Suska Win,” later in life; she passed her name to her granddaughter, Stormee Waters. She had fond memories of her early life growing up in Red Shirt Village with the Two Bulls Tiospaye. Her close relations growing up included, Lavern Two Bulls and Alice Two Bulls. Florence lost her mother at age 8 and was raised from that point on by her grandma, Mary One Crow-Two Bulls, the matriarch of the Two Bulls.
Florence was the only child of Goldie and John Two Bulls. As a result of that status, she said that she swore that she would have as many children as she could. She had 12 children with Richard Adam Ten Fingers after marriage. She later adopted 3 girls into the family to raise. At this time she had moved to the community of Drywood North of Oglala.
Florence loved the children and provided a safe home for all. This was life-long and natural for her. Florence retired after being a Head Start Teacher for 20 years (O.S.T.)_ and was a Council Woman (O.S.T.) in ’73-74.
In the last month of her life, she battled COVID. She said she was going to beat it as she wanted to live for a few more years. She said, “I have a lot to do.”
Our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt loved her tiospaye very much. She fulfilled her dream of being a matriarch of a large family as there were a total of 102 descendants. Ina, we love you and will continue with your legacy.
Florence is survived by her daughters, Wanda Ten Fingers, Sherri Ten Fingers, Denyse Ten Fingers, Delores Andrelick, Michelle Belt, Lena Belt, and Amy Belt; sons, Arapata (Heather) McKay-Ten Fingers, Richard Ten Fingers, Jr., Ronald (Connie) W. Ten Fingers, Javan Ten Fingers, and Clayton (Melanie) Ten Fingers; grandchildren, Keely, Lani, Sarah, Natalie, Leann, O.J., Maggie, Bekka, Sunny Rae, Bobby (USMC), Frank, David, Talia, Michael, Dominique, Tashiana, Madison, Aletka (US NAVY), Javanna, Kristin, Kiley, Sage, Cole, Jace, Rory (US ARMY), Randi, Garrett (USAF), Ashley, Shotay, Stormee, Skylar, Leeland, Misty, Mia, Clinton, McClay, Clayton, Jr., Caprice, Chalene, Clouden, and McCort; and 52 great grandchildren.
Florence was preceded in death by her father, John Two Bulls; mother, Goldie Conquering Bear-Two Bulls; husband, Richard Ten Fingers, Sr. (US ARMY); sons, Wilmer Ten Fingers, Leland Ten Fingers (US NAVY), Scott Ten Fingers, and Lorie “Dean” Ten Fingers; daughter, Jacqueline Ten Fingers; brother, Raymond Lamont; grandchildren, Richard III, Jordan, John Dean, Darcell, Joseph, Anthony, Jr, and Lena; and son-in-law, Floyd Brings Plenty.
Pallbearers will be Kiley Brings Plenty, Sage Brings Plenty, Cole Brings Plenty, Jace Brings Plenty, Robert “Bobby” Ten Fingers, Frank Waters, Kyroh Brings Plenty, Leland Ten Fingers, Shotay Waters-Elk Voice, Garrett Anderlik, Rory Anderlik, David Moves Camp, Michael Ten Fingers, Oliver Ten Fingers, Aaron Two Crow, and Frank Rapp.
Honorary pallbearers will be Pansy Weasel Bear & Family, Vestana Red Ear Horse & Family, Jerry & Caroline Two Bulls, Rev. Robert Two Bulls & Family, Sandy Flye & Family, Joannie Two Bulls-Decker & Family, Rick Sanders & Family, Ben Conquering Bear & Family, Don & Dale Youngman, Brenda Youngman & Family, Yvonne Crow & Family, Wilma Standing Bear & Family, Connie Morgan-Richards, Yvonne “Tiny” DeCory & Family, Jackie Big Crow & Family, Theresa “Huck” Two Bulls & Family, Melvina Two Bulls & Family, Erdnie Red Ear Horse, Sylvia Warrior, Hilda Kills Small, Deb Bordeaux & Family, Earl McConnell & Family, Fleta Two Bulls & Family, Maynard & Lila Cortier & Family, Lynette Two Bulls & Family, Robert Two Crow & Family, Liz Big Crow-Little, Tiny Pourier, Pam Ten Fingers & Family, Vincent Ten Fingers & Family, Ivis Long Visitor & Family, Fern Apple, Neoma Yellow Horse & Family, Terri Rouillard & Family, Trudy New Holy & Family, Carol Bravo & Family, Violet Fast Horse & Family, Serena Fast Horse, & Family, Nichole Fast Horse & Family, Derek Youngman, Wilmer “Little Buzz” Youngman, Craig Fast Horse, Sister Barb Bogenschutz, Eden Denny, Ross Brothers, Good Voice Flute Family, Two Lance Family, Yellow Hair Family, Has No Horse Family, Class of 1951 Thorpes, Stillwater Hospice Staff, O.S.T. Head Start Program, O.S.T. Council (Past & Present), and All Other Friends & Relatives.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD