Alvira Hairy Chin
Funeral services for Alvira Hairy Chin, 58, of McLaughlin, were Monday, July 15th at 10:00AM, CDT, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Bullhead, with Father Ron Garry officiating. Music was provided by Daryl Whipple and Antoine and Verdelia American Horse. Burial followed at the church cemetery. Casketbearers were Kenneth Rainbow, Chance Richard, Richard & Lionel Jewett, Joe Montana, Tino Hairy Chin, Wayne White Eagle, Jr. and James Spotted Horse. A procession left Stout Family Funeral Home in Mobridge at 4:00PM Sunday to Rock Creek School, Bullhead, for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:30PM. Alvira entered the spirit world July 9, 2013 in McLaughlin.
Alvira Marie Hairychin was born October 5, 1954 in a log cabin in Bullhead, South Dakota to Lucille Howard and Quentin Hairy Chin. Alvira grew up in Bullhead, attending school at Bullhead Day School until 6th grade. She then attended McIntosh school, where she had to learn English. She attended her senior year at Ft. Yates, North Dakota. Alvira moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1972 where she received her G.E.D. and had two children, Tarita and Kenroy. She moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in the early 1990’s for a time, but mostly moved back and forth between Seattle (where her siblings live) and South Dakota.
From 1999 to 2002, Alvira worked at Black Hills State University where she taught Lakota language and Lakota arts and crafts, which she was very accomplished in. She was very happy and proud to be chosen to appear in the movie, Hidalgo with Vigo Mortenson in 2004.
Alvira loved arts and crafts and still spoke the Lakota language fluently. Even though she traveled a rocky and difficult road on her journey through this life, we are happy that she is at peace now and reuniting with her Tiwáhe who have gone on before. Grateful for having shared her life is her daughter, Tarita Silk, Spearfish, SD; grandchildren, Brooke Hairy Chin, Kaylie Hairy Chin, Rachel Williams, Chance Richards, Tanisha Rainbow and Kenneth Thunder Hawk; great grandson, Kameryn Keil; her only surviving auntie, Cecelia DeRockbraine Hairy Chin; her siblings, Hendrix and Emerson Hairy Chin, Ft. Yates, ND and Lavina Dancing Bull and Naomi Hairy Chin both of Seattle, WA along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Alvira was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille and Quentin; her son, Kenroy Rainbow and siblings, Naomi, Merle, Joseph, Ruby, Donald, Eunice and Raymond.