Leora Mercado


Funeral services for 71-year old Leora Mercado are Tues, June 4, 2024 at 2:00 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Hall in Kyle, SD.

Burial is at the Mediator Episcopal Cemetery in Kyle, SD

A one-night wake service starts Monday, June 3, at 2:00 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Hall in Kyle

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Leora Cindy Mercado was born on May 9, 1969 in Garden City, KS to Larry Mercado Sr and Cecelia (White Dress) Frazier.  Leora made her journey to the Spirit World on May 16, 2024 near Kyle, SD.

Leora is survived by her children William (Martina) Gay, Peter Gay Jr, Ota Gay, Robert (Ashley) Gay, Charles (Shanda) Gay, Sunshine (Michael) Gay, Larry Gay, and Aaron Gay; stepdaughters Kristina (Reggie) Martinez, Cari (Chris) Burks, Katrina (Dean) LaPointe, Laticia (Darrell Jr) Brushbreaker, Victoria Iron Horn, Elizabeth Iron Horn, Arvene Comes Killing, and Tamera Mesteth; stepson Steven Mercado; siblings Rose Lavato, Susanna Mercado, Sophia Iron Horn, Brenda White Face, Gloria Mercado, Rebecca Mercado, Marsha Friday, Larry Mercado Jr, Mary Lame, Lucille White Dress, Cynthia Thunder Hawk, Taylor & Wallace White Dress, Georgette, Amelia, Jolene, Debra, and Edward Jr, White Dress; brothers-in-law Aaron (Sandra) Gay, Alex Gay, and Mario Vasquez Sr; sister-in-law Gayla (Richard) Gay; aunts Karen Red Star, Shirley Red Star-Marshall, Delilah White Dress, Priscilla Long Wolf, Verlene Long Wolf, Molly Long Wolf, and Charlene Long Wolf; and uncles Caldonia Mercado, Felix Mercado, Rick Two Dogs, Chili White Dress, Vimber Long Wolf, Gayle Long Wolf, and Dave Pawnee Leggins.

Leora was preceded in death by her husband Peter Gay Sr; sons Alex Vasquez and Paul Mercado; daughters Mercy Mercado-Ramos and Lolita Mesteth; maternal grandparents Jim White Dress and Amelia (Red Bear) White Dress; paternal grandparents Juan and Theodora Mercado; parents Cecelia (Curtis) White Dress-Frazier and Larry Mercado Sr; sister Lola Mercado; hunka ina Stella Blue Bird; aunts Pearl White Dress and Annamesa Mercado; uncles Francis and Edward White Dress; mother and father-in-law Alexander Sr and Marie Sophie (Red Wolf) Gay; sisters-in-law Josephine Vasquez, Tiny Gay, Sharon Gay, and Susie Tenorio; nephews Justin Vasquez and Daryl Little; and cousins Mary Kate Fast Horse, Denise Fast Horse, and Justin Charging Crow.

Pallbearers will be Lola Mercado, Marsha Friday, David Little, Angel Vasquez, Lakota Good Voice Elk, Kasey Black Hawk, Mateo Ramos, and Trevor Desersa.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jesse Waters, Louise Big Boy, Yvette Hernandez, Carrol Blue Bird, Carmalita One Horn, Rose Frazer, Fern Red Owl, Donetta Underbaggage, Lavonne Belt, Bobcat, Marlene Brave Heart, Vienna Red Feather, Molly Thunder Chief, Martina Long, Vina Yankton, Martinez Family, Norma Cross, Cross Family, Bonnie Ethel Swallow, Michelle, Lynelle Young, Cindy Mesteth, Albert Running Bear, Last Horse Family, White Dress Family, Pawnee Leggings Family, Dialysis Management Group, Prairie Wind Casino and East Wind Casino Staff and bingo staff, and All Friends & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with the Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD.