A viewing service followed by cremation will be held for 71-year old Imogene Goings on Wednesday, Sept 9, 2020 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at the Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge, SD with Mr Charles McGaa officiating and all Prayer Leaders welcome for traditional Lakota services.
Imogene’s family asks that everyone coming to the viewing follow the Funeral Protocol of precautions against the spread of COVID 19. Masks and Social Distancing are required. And please bring your own chair.
Imogene Lois Goings was born September 21, 1948 to Ruth Janis and Lloyd Goings Sr. in Pine Ridge, SD, and made her journey to the Spirit World Sept 4, 2020, in Rapid City, SD.
Imogene lived most of her life in Pine Ridge, where she attended and graduated from Holy Rosary Mission. She moved to California in 1966 and had her kids: Kevin, Ken and Kellie Walking Eagle. She then moved back to Pine Ridge and met her life partner, Patrick Larvie; with whom she had her last daughter, Pricilla.
Imogene went back to school and in 1977, graduated from Oglala Lakota College Nursing School. She started working with the Indian Health Service soon after, spending 12 years in Pediatrics before transferring to Obstetrics for the final 19 years of career.
She assisted with and delivered a countless number of babies while mentoring many young nurses. Imogene served the United States government as a nurse for for 31 years and met lifelong friends through her years of service. She loved her work, her friends and especially her family.
Imogene was a selfless person with a heart of gold, but everyone who knew her, knew she was very blunt. She told you what she was thinking whether you wanted to hear it or not. And if she wanted to know something, she would ask you.
She believed in hard work and helping your neighbor. She lived by Jehovah Witness beliefs, but also believed in the Lakota culture.
She was strong, loving, and funny. She enjoyed tv shows, holidays or birthdays with family, and always having her door open to anyone needing a place to lay their head. Grandma’s house was a place of safety, warm meals, hugs, and kisses. She only wanted the best for her kids, her grandkids and her great grandkids.
One thing she was notorious for was renaming people and animals; you were lucky if she remembered your name, but now, grateful to have had your own special name from her. She was always finding the humor in sadness, and many will remember stories she shared or things she said. She was an amazing woman who did so much for so many people and it has been a blessing to have had her in our lives.
Imogene is survived by her sons; Ken Walking Eagle of Pine Ridge, S.D., Kevin Walking Eagle of Colorado; daughter, Pricilla Cummings (Kirsten) of Rapid City, S.D.; siblings; Gaylene Long (Harris) of North Dakota, Nellie Long (Darrell) of Pine Ridge, Lloyd “Luff” Goings Jr., Dennis Goings, Jack Long, and John Long (Jen), all of Pine Ridge, SD; grandchildren, Labradford, Brianna, Kiana, Lakiah, Jazmin, Winter, Kenyan, Kenny, Ruth, Kenni Rei, Jalen, Kaleen, Kellie Jean, Clarence, Kevin Jr., Tegan, Muliani, KaiDee, Caedance, Hayden, Krystine, Duran, Kelon, Laura, Tayson, Liyim, and Luna; and great-grandchildren; Lester, Keante, Brylee, Keenan, Khalil, KyAura, Adalyn, Lily.
Imogene was preceded in death by her mom and dad, brothers; Albert Long and Hobart Goings, daughter; Kellie Walking Eagle, nephew; Dallas Howard, granddaughter; Kristina Walking Eagle, and life partner Patrick Larvie.
Pallbearers will be Duran Richards, Kiana Walking Eagle, Jalen Walking Eagle, Kelon Walking Eagle, Brittany Blue Legs, Cecelia LaMont, Zack Howard, Tamera Long, Chase Shot With Arrow and Darrell Yellow Cloud.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wanda Donavon & family, Lula Bettelyoun & family, Ben Cummings & family, Ruth Ann Cummings & family, Tyra Keith & family, Linda Mesteth & family, Jessica Mesteth & family, Destiny Mesteth & family, Lupe Rodriguez & family, Joyce Goings & family, Josephine Richards & family, Debbie Merrival & family, Mac Goings & family, Jordan Howard & family, Sam Goings & family, Rochelle Goings & family, Whitney Goings & family, Doris Goings & family, Millie Richards & family, Sharon Waters & family, Wilma Colhoff & family, Renita Poor Bear & family, Priscilla Bad Milk & family, Shannon Poor Bear & family, Pte San Win Poor Bear & family, Clarence Walking Eagle & family, Stephanie Little Bear & family, Ovay Walking Eagle & family, Daus Rabbit & family, Leann Rabbit & family, Marlys Rabbit & family, Ruby Weston & family, Destiny Comes & family, Jared Alford & family, Summer Foxbelly & family, Connie Sierra & family, Terri Blacksmith & family, Bobette Tobacco & family, Stephanie Red Paint & family, Terry (Buck) Goings & family, Marvin Goings & family, Angie Big Crow & family, Kellie Waters & family, Tristan Long & family, Margaret Gates & family, Norma Red Cloud & family, Eric Long Sr. & family, Hobe Locke & family, Sheena Mousseau & family, Dorothy Tyon & family, Brenda Red Cloud & family, Pressler Poor Bear & family, Mason Kruml & family, Fern Apple & family, Raedean Red Shirt & family, Bethany Berry & family, Tammy Williams & family, Sally Hill & family, Lisa Brewer & family, Rose Cummings & family, Heather Brehmer & family, Lena Goings & family, Kristen Stump, Shauna Long, Megan Long, Doreen Brown & family, Hope Waters & family, Antonia Pulliam & family, Tashina Jack & family, Kara Big Crow & family, Lola Brewer & family, Cydnee Shangreaux & family, Rustee Walking Eagle & family, All IHS EMPLOYEES and friends and family All Friends & Relatives.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD