Serena Spider


Funeral services for 26-year old Serena Spider are Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 1:00 at the Evergreen Community Building in Evergreen, SD, with Minister Cyrus Black Elk Sr officiating and traditional Lakota services by David Swallow Jr and Jarrett Jealous of Him, and from the Native American Church Emerson Spider Jr.

Burial is at St Luke’s Episcopal Cemetery in Sharp’s Corner, SD

A two-night wake service starts Friday, May 12, at 4:00 at the Evergreen Community Building in Porcupine

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Serena Ann Spider “Wa Sk’upa Ku Za Win”  (Winged Flying Woman) was born on August 8, 1996 in Pine Ridge, SD to Edward Lorenzo Spider and Verine Ann (Iron Boy) Black Elk.  Serena made her journey to the Spirit World on May 3, 2023 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Serena is survived by her mother Verine Ann Iron Boy-Black Elk; father Edward Lorenzo Spider; step-father Richard G Black Elk; daughters Neveah Rain, Gabriella Love Spider, and Ryleigh Katy Black Elk; sons Evan James Spider & Joshua Paul Wanamaker; siblings Valentino James Iron Boy, Joseph Walter Black Elk, and Cody Spider; grandparents Emerson Jr and Sandra Spider; aunt Vestana Lou Iron Boy; uncle Marvin Iron Boy Jr; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, & nephews.

Serena was preceded in death by her great-great-grandparents Jacob & Mabel (Looking Horse) Iron Boy; great-grandparents James & Mary Esther (Porcupine) Iron Boy, William & Emily (Kills In Water) High Hawk; grandparents Marvin Walter Iron Boy Sr and Geraldine Katy Kills Crow Indian/High Hawk-White Face, Emerson Spider Sr and Eliza (Swallow) Spider; grandfather Melvin White Face and Isaac “Ike” Iron Boy; aunts Marvina Iron Boy, Amanda Iron Boy, Philomena Iron Boy, Lucille M. Lone Elk, Cheryl Garcia, and Lita Fire Thunder-Running Hawk; uncles, Bluch Fire Thunder Jr and Harlan Fire Thunder, Dale and Duane Fire Thunder; and cousins Marvin “Joe” Brave III and Franklin Brave. 

Pallbearers will be Cole Bear Killer, CJ Black Elk Jr, Joseph Black Elk, Valentino Iron Boy, Tad High Hawk, and Dylan D. Tobacco.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kristen, Kirsten, and Kyra Clifford & Families, Shania and Sarita Spider & Families, Tiana Bear Killer-DuBray & Family, Cody Spider, Michael Lee Spider Jr & Family, Craig and Katrina Chase, Quentin & Brian “Olie” Lone Elk, Brianna Lone Elk, Brenda Spider & Family, Sandra Spider, Louise Spider, Marvin Iron Boy Jr & Family, Jennifer & Mitchell Long & Family, Dave Swallow Jr, Stacey Chase In Winter & Family, Luci Fire Thunder & Family, Leah Fire Thunder & Family, Clayton Fire Thunder, Ryan & Denise Black Elk & Family, Nathalie “Sissy” Elk, Althea DeClay & Family, AV Fire Thunder, Tanya Jealous of Him, Lisa LaDeaux-Looks Twice & Family, Jessica White Butterfly & Family, Ashley LaPointe, Melissa O’Daniel, David Swallow III, Monique Ziolkowsky, Janet Pierce, E North Wendy’s Crew Members, All Staff of Pennington County Drug Court, Roads Out-Patient Treatment & Keystone Treatment Centers, I am Legacy Peer Support Group, MMIW, and All Friends & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD