Funeral services for Louise Widow, 80, of Red Scaffold, SD, were Monday, June 30th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Red Scaffold Gym. Burial will followed at Frazier Cemetery, rural Red Scaffold, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge. We met on the Red Scaffold Hill on Sunday, June 29th, at 5:30 p.m. to process to the gym for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Louise entered the spirit world June 18, 2014, in Pierre. www.stoutfamilyfh.com
Hildred Louise Widow was born June 2, 1934, in Red Scaffold, South Dakota to Phillip Lone Eagle-Kills Crow and Frances Knife. She was raised by Emily Hunter and Louise Mutley in Red Scaffold, South Dakota. Louise attended school at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain and also at the Old Agency Boarding School.
She married Douglas Widow on May 15, 1954, in Dupree, S.D. To this union 7 children were born: Loretta, Elaine, Leslie, Suzan, Yvonne, Richard and Doug, Jr. As Douglas was a UCC Pastor, the family lived in various places, including Red Scaffold, Phoenix, AZ, Cannon Ball, ND and Bridger, SD before moving back to Red Scaffold in 1969. The family was given land at a scatter site east of Red Scaffold in the Frazier area where they built a home in 1973. After Douglas’ death in 2003, Louise continued to live in their home until moving to the Golden Living Center in Pierre in 2012. She passed away at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre on June 18, 2014.
Louise worked for a number of years as a cook at the Head Start. She enjoyed singing hymns out the Dakota hymnal, sewing, cooking and baking, walking to church and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Elaine Widow and Suzan Widow, Takini, SD and Douglas Jr. (Cornelia) Widow, Red Scaffold, SD; adopted sons, Richard Tolman, Selfridge, ND and Marty Thompson, Eagle Butte, SD; adopted daughter, Ellen Elk, Belcourt, ND; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, many of whom she helped raise; siblings, Stella (Harvey) Eagle Horse and Violet Long Eagle, Eagle Butte, SD and Kay Allison, Rapid City, SD along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to list.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Sr. in 2003; children, Loretta, Leslie, Richard & Yvonne; siblings, Dorothy, Katherine, Margaret, Merle, Harlan and James and also by Theodore Knife, Sr., Theodore Buffalo, Darlene Young Bear and Viola Knife.