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Shirley "Beasley" Anne Stensland

May 10, 1966 — October 4, 2019

Shirley "Beasley" Anne Stensland

The wonderful life of Beasley. Shirley Anne was born on May 10, 1966 to Eunice (McKay) and Alexander Greywater Jr. in Devils Lake, ND. In her younger years she attended Little Flower School, St. Michael, later transferring to United Tribes Theodore Jamison School, Bismarck, ND in 1975 and then in 1976 returning back to Fort Totten and attended Fort Totten School from 1976 to 1981.

On January 16, 1981 her first and only son Marty was born and she continued her schooling. Her first daughter Kayla was born on January 17, 1983, she still continued to go to school with the help of her Mom and sister Lisa. On May 17, 1986 her 3rd child Elisa was born. Beasley worked at Sioux Manufacturing Corporation and DTI over the years.

There she met her soon to be husband Faron. She was painting yellow lanes on the floor, when he kept walking by in his cowboy boots, trying to impress her. Soon after in 1987, they gave birth to their daughter Crystal on May 31, 1987. One year and 18 days later they were married on June 18, 1988 in Devils Lake. She became a stay at home mom for 10 years. Then they had their next daughter, Jessica on January 16, 1989. A year later she had her last child, their last daughter Wanda on April 2, 1990. She started traveling on the road with Faron and their 3 girls. She traveled many places with Faron. When her last baby started school, she decided to go back to work and started at Indian Health Services as a telephone operator until 2005. She was also employed at Fort Totten Recreation Center and Golden Eagle Wireless. She enjoyed being a cheerleading advisor at Four Winds High School, especially the 2 years they went to the State Class B Tournaments. She served on the Four Winds School Board. In 2007 she started employment at Sioux Manufacturing Corporation, then 3 years later in 2010, her medical issues started and she was forced to retire early.

Beasley enjoyed spending time with her family, always laughing and joking around. She was one of Four Winds Indians #1 fans. She traveled near and far for all the sporting events. Her favorite sport was basketball. She enjoyed watching all her nieces, nephews and her children. She always managed a way to follow and support all of her kids, no matter where or how much money she had. She always made it known she was there! She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and children every Sunday while Faron cooked up a feast for all to enjoy and everyone would visit and catch up for the week. She was blessed to have watched all of her grandkids being born.

She enjoyed watching TV, especially Court TV, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, the Cooking Channel and her all time favorite, the Game Show Network. Every Sunday, she also enjoyed watching her Viking’s play. When traveling with her grandson for appointments, she got to meet the Minnesota Vikings with her family.

In 2014, Beasley’s medical conditions turned for the worse. In 2016 she shattered her ankle and was confined to a wheelchair. November of 2016 she started dialysis in Grand Forks. In May 2019 she finally got to transfer to Devils Lake Dialysis Center which made it a lot easier for her to be more active and easier on her body.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband for many years in his semi. She brought all her daughters with them until they were in school. She enjoyed watching her daughters and grandkids teams play every summer. Her BFF Philly would come down to visit her and stay for days.

In the end months, Beasley was getting tired, and started to refuse to go to dialysis. She held on as long as she could for her family. She was always worried about everyone else, even though she had serious health conditions. She loved when family and friends came over to visit and watch her shows with her. That seemed to always bring her spirits up. Everyone who knew her always said she had a smile on her face. Her contagious laugh would light up a room. She loved to joke around about everything. She will be greatly loved and missed by everyone who knew her.

She will be missed by her loving family. Her husband of 31 years, Faron Stensland; step mother Audrey Greywater; her children and grandchildren; son Marty Greywater and his family Isis and Taylor Greywater; daughters Kayla (Rory) Littleghost and children Ryilee, Riah, Natalia Beasley, Raylene and Rory Littleghost; Elisa Greywater and her children D’Neilyah and Delemma Bull and D’Wayne Greywater; Crystal (Clay) Dubois Jr. and children Braylon, Clay III, Dayson, Kayson, Zane, Nakenya “Stella” and Mya Dubois; Jessica Stensland and sons Alexander and Justin Stensland; Wanda (Bryan) Randle and sons Carson Stensland and Jordan Robertson; Elton (Felicia) Greywater and children Xavier Lenior, Darnell, Elton Jr., Dylan and Harmony Greywater; Keith (Fallon) Greywater and children Mikayla “Booboo”, Kaiden, Keith Jr., and Kylon Greywater; Erica Greywater and children Briley, Braxton and Brinley Delorme; Felicia (CJ) Greywater and children Carleigh, Carlynn, Mayleina, Carl III and Carlisle WalkingEagle; Sylvester “Son” Littlewind and children Keyson and Kaliyah Littlewind; Kellen Littlewind and sons Ashton and Aiden Littlewind; sisters Lisa (Merill) Ironhawk-Greywater and Angela Corveau; in-laws Monty (Sandi) Stensland, Bob Stensland, Jon Stensland, David (Katie) Stensland, Paula (Jay) Deckert and Patty Stensland; nephews Cody “Mac”, Alexander IV, Dakota (Danica) and Nikolas Greywater, Landon (Phobee) Stensland, Jacen Deckert, Nicholas and Maximus Stensland; nieces Leandra (John) Haley, Darica and Ellison Deckert, Chaysie Stensland, Ashley, Alisa (Jake) and Dusti Greywater, Shanina Feather and Patricia Peltier; cousins Mary Lena, KJ (Alyssa) Greywater, Cody (Donna) Greywater, Kendell (Loudon) Smith, Gwendolyn and Rendina Lenoir, Derrick (Cheryl) Dauphinais, Rocklyn Dauphinais, Dusty (Melissa) Dauphinais, Janet Nelson, Denise Dauphinais Denny Greywater, Robbie Greywater, Wayne Black, Jim Graywater, Kim ThreeIrons, Mike Greywater Jr., Monica Phelps, Rhonda Greywater, Richie Greywater, Rick Dubois, JR Dubois, Dusty Black, Brooke Black and Wayne Greywater.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Alexander Greywater and Eunice Whiteman; brother Alex Greywater III; mother-in-law Loretta Stensland; grandsons Walkingwind Greywater, Kenyon Littlewind and Kale Greywater, aunts Delemma “Kunsi” Greywater, Pamela Greywater, Danyelle Littlewind, Alvina McKay and Loretta McKay; uncles Blakes McKay, Danny McKay, Eugene McKay, Eugene Dubois, Dallas Dubois and Darrel Dubois; cousins Donnie Smith, Delvin Greywater, Neil Greywater, Laronna Lena, Bobby Allen Greywater and Troy Woods, Sr.; grandparents Mary Jane McKay, Elizabeth and Jerry Robertson and Alex Greywater Sr.

Active Pallbearers will be Denny Greywater, Rick Dubois, Kellen Littlewind, Elton Greywater Jr., Cody Greywater, Ryilee Littleghost, Darwin ThreeIrons, Cody Graywater, Taylor Greywater, Devin Greywater, Landon Stensland, Jacen Deckert and Darnell Greywater.

Honorary Bearers:

Colleen and Gary Thumb Family

Tony and Deb LaVallie Family

Lisa and Tim Kraft-Chaske Family

Michelle IronHeart Family

Margaret Ann Butts Family

Leah Wanna Family ~ Dr. Montaneil

Dr. Cheng ~ Dr. Duebers

Dr. Al-Marie Grace Logrono

Kirstie Syverson

Renae and Bimbo Lenoir Family

Knute and Beverly Graywater Family

Dean and Sonta Dauphinais Family

Patsy Dubois Family

Loretta Dubois Family

Janice Dubois Family

Rick and Melody Dubois Family

Monty and Sandi Stensland Family

Paula and Jay Deckert Family

David and Katie Stensland Family

Patty Stensland

Jon Stensland

Phyllis Herman Family

Joe and Jackie ManyBears

Bob and Euretta McKay Family

Sharon Larson Family

Karen Charboneau Family

Midge Chase

Jerry Jensen

Janifer Jensen

Scott and Tracy Chase Family

Belinda Murphy

Lisa Peoples

Lea KillsPlenty

Leona Schuster

BJ and Melissa Brady

Yvonne Thumb Family

Richard and Lonna Street

Matt and Penny Friesen Family

Bob Stensland

Gary Thumb Sr. Family

Elvis Thumb Family

Jose and Clarice Lawrence Family

Tony and Vina McDonald

Russell and Francine McDonald

Kevin Mindt ~ Bruce Mindt

Lorraine Alberts ~ Alma GoodIron

Cheryl Lawrence

Cowboy and Jeanette Lawrence Family

Tanya and RJ Jetty Family

Ann Wadsworth

Daryl and kim ThreeIrons

Darwin and Destin ThreeIrons

Carolyn Walking Eagle

Ed and Nan Thumb

Nevada Huastad Family

Cheryl McKay

Frank and Courtney BlackCloud

Lashanda WalkingEagle

Brenda Robertson ~ Barbara Robertson

Patricia Peltier

Joyce Afeldt

Darren Kimmerly

Spring Meade

Patricia Peltier

Joyce Afeldt

Inez and Jerry Greene

Paulie and Robin Lawrence

Damon and Valorie Brady Family

Val and Ann Finley Family

Sharene Adams Family

Brandy Putnam Family

Reba Mack Family

Jani Adams

Leon and Leona LaRocque

Pat and Laurie LaRocque

Clint and Trudy LaRocque

Denise Jacobson

Craig and Punky Brown

Diane Goebel

Collette Byrum

David “Dobbs” Riggle

Adele Shaw

Andrea Peltier Family

Todd and Sheila Belgarde

Eileen (Onna) Littleghost

Rhoda and Leon Pfiefer

Bob and Alfreda Charboneau

Clayton and Debbie Peltier

Heather Lawrence Family

Wayne and Diane Randle

Blanche Wanna Family

Dorothy Lambert

Jerry and Nancy Robertson

Chip and Stephanie Anderson

Wayne Trottier Jr.

Cheri and Lyle Schaffer

Rita Belgarde

Cecil and Carol Longie

Mary Beth Silk

Francis “Punchy” Halsey

Elaine Robertson

Johanna Hunt

Harriet Demarce

Arlene Krulish

Arliss Krulish

Sally Lena

Mary Lena

Daniel McKay

Dylan Luehring

Kirstie Syverson

Della Belgarde

Tonya Johnson

Anderson Family

Devils Lake Dialysis

Grand Forks Altru Dialysis

Spirit Lake Ambulance

Beasley’s Pitches Team

Tribal Health Transportation


Excuse us if we forgot anyone it isn’t intentional as she had many friends.






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Friday, October 18, 2019

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

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