Janiaya Marks


Funeral services for 3-day old Janiaya Marks are Monday, March 20, 2023 at 10:00 at the On Common Ground Church in Rapid City, SD. with Pastor Elton Yellow Boy officiating.

Burial is at the Black Elk-Jumping Eagle Family Cemetery in Oglala, SD

A one-night wake service starts Sunday, March 19, at 3:00 at the On Common Ground Church in Rapid City, SD

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Janaiya Rae Marks was born on March 2, 2023. in Omaha, NE, to Mariah Marks.  Janaiya made her journey to the Spirit World on March 5, 2023 at the Omaha Children’s Hospital in Omaha, NE.

Janaiya is survived by her mother Mariah Marks; big sister Amilia; grandmothers Rona Richard and Elizabeth Black Elk; great-grandparents Deborah Black Elk, Faye Pulliam, and Timothy “Ozzy” Pacer; aunts Miranda Marks, Wowicala Richard, Ayanna Lessert, and Alora Black Elk; uncles Raymond Marks III, WicapiIyoyunpa Richard, Dwight Richard, Kaleb Black Elk, and Carlus Marks Sr; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Janaiya was preceded in death by Baby Luke Marks, Baby Marks/Running Shield; grandfather Raymond Marks Jr; grandmother Miranda Richard; great-grandfather,Dwight “Hamm” Black Elk; great-grandmother Auriela Marks; and great-grandfathers Raymond Marks Sr and Ronald Richard.  

Pallbearers will be Miranda Marks and Ryan Running Shield Sr

Honorary pallbearers will be All Marks Family, Richards Family, Black Elk Family, and all Family and Friends.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD