Burial services for 78-year old Leola Bear Runner will be Tues, Nov 10, 2020 at the Bear Runner Family Cemetery in Porcupine, SD, with Pastor Matt Hadden officiating.
Leola’s family asks everyone to remain in their vehicle for the duration of the burial service with masks and social distancing required outside vehicles.
An online viewing service precedes the burial from 8:00-11:00 AM at the Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge, SD. The link to the service will be on the Sioux Funeral Home Facebook page.
Leola Bear Runner was born on September 19, 1942 in Porcupine, SD to Oscar and Grace (Rock) Bear Runner and made her journey to the Spirit World on November 3, 2020 at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.
Leola grew up in Porcupine and attended elementary school at the Porcupine Day School, graduating as 8th grade class valedictorian.
Following grade school, she and her older brother Harold went on to attend Tucson Indian Boarding School in Arizona. After a year she and her brother Harold were sent to Mankato, MN to live with a family her father had met through their church
Leola finished her high school years at Mankato High School. She graduated valedictorian while Harold was salutatorian for a class of over 200 seniors.
After she graduated from high school, Leola returned home to Porcupine and worked as a Community Health Aide. She met and married husband Robert Quiver Sr, and they had 4 children: Robert Jr, Curtis, Russchelle, and Helene. Although they later separated, Leola and Robert remained friends.
Leola enjoyed working as a Community Health Aide and this led her to pursue her education at the Alliance School of Practical Nursing. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse and returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation where she dedicated the rest of her life to serving the Lakota people.
She worked as an ambulance aide, emergency room nurse, acute care, and for the CHR Program.
Leola was also a school nurse Little Wound School, Crazy Horse School and Porcupine School.
While Leola worked full-time, she never quit learning. She would take a class here and there and really focused on human relations and Lakota Language. Her goal was to learn her language and culture, and in 2017 she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Lakota Studies.
Through every obstacle or setback, Leola never stopped caring for the people. In March 2020 When a state of emergency was declared on the Pine Ridge Reservation in March 2o2o due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Leola helped her friends and neighbors who were in isolation and who needed help with food and medicine pickup.
She continued to work as a school nurse at Porcupine School until the time of her death. Leola was a Nurse, a caregiver, a role model, and a matriarch for her tiospaye and she will be greatly missed by all.
She is survived by her Sons, Robert Quiver Jr. of Porcupine, SD and Curtis Quiver of Wanblee, SD; Daughters, Russchelle (Noah) Quiver and Helene (Waylon) Gaddie; Hunka/God children, Amber Adams, Joy Romero, Monique Mackey, Alan Mackey, and Tammy Trujilo; Beloved Niece, Dora Young Dog; Brothers/Sisters, Dorothy Sandoval of Taos, NE, Beldine White Eyes of Porcupine, SD, Edgar Bear Runner of Rapid City, SD, Dennis Bear Runner and Ramon Bear Runner, both of Pine Ridge, SD; Adopted/Hunka Brothers Leonard Peltier, Stanley Holder, and Jim Robideau; Grandchildren, Teton Quiver, Kimimila Quiver, Dace Quiver, Taylor Quiver, Megan Quiver, Jaimie Quiver, Tatiana Ashley, Skylor Surrounded, Kiera Quiver, Dylan Ashley, Chelyse Hines, Raven Hines, Noah Horse Jr., Shilo Tallman, Blaze and Lyndon Iron Rope; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her Parents, Oscar and Grace (Rock) Bear Runner; Brothers, Harold Bear Runner and Donald Bear Runner; Sister, Lillian Bear Runner; Maternal Grandparents, Florence Lone Hill and Samuel Rock; and Paternal Grandparents, Joseph and Emma (Young Dog) Bear Runner.
Pallbearers will be Calvin Terkildsen, Gerald Quiver, Jr., Casey White Eyes, Donovan Standing Soldier, Dylan Ashley, Wesley New Holy, Jr., Taylor Quiver and Timothy Brewer.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Sharps Corner Dialysis, Matt & Amanda Hadden and the Sharps Corner Baptist Church congregation, Pastor Kim Montileaux, Selma Johnson, Diana Elk Boy, Theresa Mendoza, Joyce Red Owl, Nancy Young Dog and Family, Seymour Young Dog and family, Amos Young Dog, Virginia Irving, Annie Red Elk, Barbera High Bear, Lester and Dee Lone Hill, Elizabeth Fast Horse and family, Karen Lone Hill, Deb Cuny, Wally Jealous, Lenny Lone Hill, Alva Good Crow and family, Richard and Ethleen Two Dogs, Donette Lone Hill, Starr Lone Hill, Myron and Sandy Shield and family, Irene Bear Runner, Ika Werner, Matilda Montileaux, American Indian Movement and All Friends & Relatives.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD