Funeral services for 68-year old Mona Rose Clifford are Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Behren’s-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City, SD, with Fr. Ed Witt, S.J. & Father Edmund Yainao, S.J. officiating.
Burial service will be at St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery in Manderson, SD
A wake Service will be held Friday from 10:00-till-noon, also at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City.
Mona Rose Clifford was born on April 16, 1952 to Paul Seth Clifford and Frannie Siers Clifford-Karr and fell asleep in death after a long battle of illness on July 22, 2020 at the age of 68.
Mona was one of eight children and was a loving, caring and devoted sister to Irene Clifford, Paul Todd Clifford, Francine Clifford, Barbara Joan Clifford, Todd Paul Clifford, Paulette Clifford, and Mary Jodie Brown.
She met the love of her life Melvin James Lee Hill in 1970 and was the biological mother of four children, but many people considered Mona their surrogate mother including her nieces and nephews.
She was the most loving and kind woman to everyone she encountered and left a lasting impact of love.
Mona was a family-oriented woman who raised her children with love and tender care. She deeply loved her grandchildren, as they were truly her joy.
Mona Rose graduated from Holy Rosary Missionary School and shared many stories of her youth, including how she was the captain of the cheerleading squad. She was immensely popular, had many friends, and was also on the honor roll. She graduated on the Dean’s List from Wayne County Community College with a degree in liberal arts.
Words cannot express what a phenomenal woman she was. Her speech, knowledge, grace, presence, and devotion were outstanding. She loved and enjoyed reading her Bible. She was truly knowledgeable and was a great storyteller of the Bible.
Mona loved to keep up her appearance. She would not go to the store without getting all dolled up and she kept this up until the day she passed.
Mona was proud to be a Native American woman. She was from the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Lakota Nation, and participated in the Wounded Knee Occupation in February 1973.
She was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation where she loved and enjoyed her traditions. She always spoke of Sitting Bull and of Crazy Horse, the last acting chief of her tribe. She loved to talk about Custer’s Last Stand because she was so proud that it was her people (Sioux) who had defeated him.
She leaves behind her four surviving children: Her eldest Monick Clifford, Angela Lee (Shawn Elliott) Foster) – who had the pleasure of assisting and developing a strong bond while she was in our care, Maurice Alonzo Clifford, and her youngest Alison Daisy Clifford.
Eight surviving grandchildren: Monae Grace Clifford, Maya Louise White, Mariah Clifford, Dion Maurice Franklin, Monique Rose Draw, Hada Tee Draw, Hubert Wilbert Draw, and her pride and joy, Heavenly Faith Draw, with whom she shares a birthday. They celebrated their birthdays together almost every year. She has five surviving great grandchildren: Aiden Josiah Suarez, Christian Elias Suarez, Dakota Monji Atkins, Dushawn Orlando Atkins, Messiah Raye Atkins.
Pallbearers will be Dion Franklin, Hubert Draw, Garnel Clifford, Howard O’Neal, Paul Todd Clifford, Damon Clifford and Michael Grayson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Maurice Clifford, Dayton Clifford and All Friends & Relatives.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD