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Thursday, September 29, 2022
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Thursday, September 29, 2022
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Friday, September 30, 2022
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Friday, September 30, 2022
Starts at 10:30am (Central time)
Belva Clarenda Birdhorse-Greyhorn “Gle Yunke Win” (Lay Down Woman) of rural St. Michael, North Dakota passed away on Friday, September 16, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family.
The wake for Belva will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at St. Michael’s Recreation Center, St. Michael ND beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. There will be final review at the Recreation Center on Friday, September 30, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. with a funeral service to follow.
Belva’s body will be taken to Wakpala, South Dakota for a graveside service at the Long Hill Cemetery, Wakpala on Saturday, October 1, 2022.
Belva C. Greyhorn was born on May 31, 1938 at the Birdhorse ranch, rural Wakpala, South Dakota, the daughter of Alice (Flexible) and Robert Birdhorse. She grew up in a one room log house out in the country where she loved riding her horses and worked hard just like a man right along side her Dad.
She graduated from Wakpala High School in 1958. After graduating she attended Haskell Indian Nations University in 1959, then Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota in the year 1960. In 1961, Belva moved back home and started working at a bowling alley in Fort Yates, North Dakota where she met her first husband Lynn D. Lawrence. From that marriage she had four children, two boys that she has now joined in the Spirit World plus two daughters. Belva then met and married Vincent Greyhorn Sr. in the year 1977. From this marriage she added another son who she also joins in the Spirit World and another daughter.
Belva also helped the community out by babysitting for different ones. She also opened her home to foster children. She helped raise different individuals whether they were family members or not. After losing their mother she kept and raised her younger brother Kermit BirdHorse until his death in 2006. She was also employed at Sioux Manufacturing for more than a few years until she had to quit due to health reasons.
Belva also had a younger sister Roberta that she would refer to on occasion for advice. She would say “I called Berda and asked her about it.” Berda also looked up to her “big sister” Belva.
Our Beautiful, Precious, Mother was our “Queen”. She was Loved and Treasured by each and everyone of her family members. She will be deeply, deeply missed by all. We Love You Mom!
She enjoyed being around her whole family when there was some type of gathering. We would all have a big feast with plenty, plenty of food. That is what our dear mother always made sure that there was a lot of food, made with love. She liked watching her Little House on the Prairie, Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith and Matlock.
Belva, precious mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, aunt, dear friend is survived by her loving family. Her sister Roberta Yellow; her daughters Melody Lawrence (Rick D.), Belle Lawrence and Frances Greyhorn-Peoples (Ralph); step daughter Olisa Greyhorn-Charboneau; twenty six grandchildren Robert Lawrence (Mandy), Alison Lawrence (Rick), Melinda Lawrence (Cortis), Richard Lawrence, Sarah Dubois (Nick), Brittany Dubois, Samone Motley (Erik), Antoine Motley, David Mandan, Douglas Mandan, Addison Greyhorn (Tyla), Julia Hill, Julian Hill, Julius Hill, Julieanne Hill, Viennah Greyhorn, Vayah Greyhorn, Chris Christofferson, Stephan Lohnes, Jerah Chaske, Kyle Langstaff, Khloe Cavanaugh, Kelsin Cavanaugh, Brendon Belgarde Jr., Wambli Belgarde, Tanisha Charboneau, and Lionna Dubois; thirty three great grandchildren Lynn Lawrence, Bronson Walter, Jayden Yankton, Alionna Lawrence, Robert Lawrence, Ethan Lawrence, Beau Walter, Brianna Lawrence, Brylee Dubois, Grace Walking Eagle, Mitchell Green, Michael Green, Presley Lawrence, Aseri Demarce-Lawrence, Riley Demarce-Lawrence, Gage Walking Eagle, Briella Dubois, Rickayla Dubois, Ricklyn Dubois, Taleah Leftbear, Carlos Quarry, Catelaiya Lawrence, Nick Morin Jr., Gabby Walking Eagle, Shiloh Motley, Erik Parisien Jr., Kian Traic Greyhorn, Gracelynn Lawrence, Jeran Chaske, Jericho Chaske, Twins Christofferon and Harrison Lawrence; great great grandchild Jaycie Lynn Yankton; many nieces, nephews and their families.
Belva was preceded in death and joins in the Spirit World her parents Robert and Alice Birdhorse, sons Lynn Lawrence, David Lawrence and Vincent Greyhorn Jr., husband Vincent Greyhorn Sr., brothers Reginald, Dallas, Carl and Kermit BirdHorse and sister Delphine BirdHorse.
Pallbearers will be Robert Lawrence, Richard Lawrence, Antoine Motley, David Mandan, Douglas Lawrence, Addison Greyhorn, Julian Hill, Julius Hill, Christopher Christopherson, Kyle Langstaff, Lynn Lawrence, Jayden Yankton, Ethan Lawrence, Robert Lawrence, Mitchell Green, Michael Green, Carlos Quarry Jr., Bronson Walter, Beau Walter, Nick Morin Jr., Gage Walking Eagle, Jeran Chaske, Jericho Chaske, Erik Parisien Jr., Shiloh Motley, Kian Greyhorn.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Onna Littleghost, Helena Littleghost, Flo and Spune Dunn, Joseph and Clarice Lawrence, Marva and John Tollefson, Denise Gage and family, Connie Baker, Yvonne Garreaux, Catherine Howard, Roselyn Sandland, Cookie and Leo Delorme, Sharon Georgeson and family, Yvonne Thompson, Myra Pearson, Barb and Burt Jackson, Leslie and Anna WhiteDress, Reno WhiteDress, Kerri (Luther) Hinton, Phillip and Tami BirdHorse, Alice BirdHorse, Robbi (Branden) Yellow, Ron Yellow Jr., Debbie Little, Phillip Longie, Faye and Boy Jetty, Carol Black, Pauline Merrick, Eleanor Langstaff, Lynette and Ivan Lovejoy, Loretta Dubois, Verna Gone, Duan DeMarrias, Marilyn DeMarrias, Rosie BirdHorse, Anna BirdHorse, Recina BirdHorse, Maggie Chaske and family, Rena Lohnes and family, Robert Leftbear, Susie Leftbear, Loretta Dubois and family, Esther Ironhawk and family, Eddy Solwey, Warwick School Staff-recent and current and the Spirit Lake Ambulance.
If we forgot to name anyone, it was not intentional. Please forgive us as we are doing our best in this very difficult time.