Obituaries 11-5-15

Lois Hanes

Lois Lynette Hanes, age 82, formally of Edgemont, SD, passed away October 30, 2015, at the Custer Regional Senior Center in Custer, SD.
Lois was born February 2, 1933, in Neligh, NE, to Julius and Neata (Clark) Hansen. She was raised in and around Martin, SD. Lois married her lifelong partner, LaVere Hanes on December 15,1948. This union was blessed with five children. The couple moved to Edgemont in 1951 and made it their home to raise their children.
Lois worked in several restaurants in town. In the late sixties her husband was severely injured in a workplace accident which left him paralyzed and needing constant round the clock care. She was his primary caregiver for more than 25 years until he passed away on July 3, 1994. Lois also helped take care of her parents until their deaths. She raised her younger children mostly by herself, helped with the grandchildren and great grandchildren and taught them things they should remember forever.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Ronald Hansen, and one grandchild.
Lois is survived by her children, Linda Sedlacek, Lynn McCabe, Les(Lola)Hanes, all of Edgemont; Lloyd Hanes(Pat) of Yankton, SD; Larry(Juliann) of Custer; sister, Marjo Broyles of Hot Springs, SD,13 Grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Lois was able to meet and hold her newest great granddaughter only a week before her death. She was thrilled and it showed by the smile upon her face.
Funeral services were held November 4, 2015, at the St. James Catholic Church Parish Hall, in Edgemont with Fr. Claude Versure officiating. Interment will follow at the Edgemont Cemetery.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home of Edgemont. Written condolences may be made at

Paula Tonemah

Paula Katheryn Tonemah, 57, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away October 6, 2015, at the Rapid City Regional Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Paula was born March 4, 1958, in Bitburg, Germany, to Cosme and Loretta (Williams) Morales. The daughter of Air Force parents, she grew up around the world. She graduated from Western Hills High School in 1975 in Fort Worth, TX. In her younger adult years, Paula was a professional musician, working for Texas Recording Studios and performing at various venues throughout Texas.
In the 90’s, Paula changed careers to drug and alcohol counseling and eventually became director of the American Indian Center, a facility for Native Americans to seek treatment for addiction. A leader in the local community, she organized pow-wows and various other educational and community programs. Paula also created the Native American Studies program for the Fort Worth ISD, which teaches school children the history and culture of native peoples. This program still exists today.
In 2003, she moved to Hot Springs, with husband, Larry, to pursue a career as an artist and author. Over the years Paula won many awards throughout the state for her oil painting, bead work and leather work. She spent a number of years at Crazy Horse Mountain, selling her jewelry and books. She wrote 2 children’s books,” Spirit Horse: An Adventure in Crazy Horse Country”, “The Animals Talk”, and a cookbook, “Recipes from the Powwow Trail”. In 2012, Paula created the Scarf it Up Project – Bags of Courage, that collected scarves and hats to be given free of charge to breast cancer patients in the Fall River area.
Paula is survived by husband, Larry Pratt; daughter, Crystal Miller of Fort Worth, TX; sister, Cheri Jetton of Houston, TX; two brothers, Dennis Morales of Magnolia Springs, AL; Michael Morales of Grand Rapids, MI; many nieces and nephews; as well as a great many friends.
A Celebration of Paula’s life was held at Larry’s residence, 306 Thompson Avenue October 24, 2015.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Paula’s name.

Fall River County Herald Star

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