Karen Ducheneaux Walker

April 26, 1944 – May 19, 2014.

Funeral services for Karen Ducheneaux Walker, 70, Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member, were held Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Wakpala Community Center. Burial was at the Ascension Episcopal Cemetery in Blackfoot. Karen entered the spirit world May 19, 2014 in Rosholt. Karen was born April 26, 1944 at home, near the Moreau River at Blackfoot, to Joe Sr. and Rebecca (Hates Him) Ducheneaux. She attended Moreau River Day School, Wakpala School, Cheyenne River Boarding School and Eagle Butte High School. In 1960, Karen had a daughter, Connie. She then had Spencer, Jamie, Dana and Edna. She married Ted Walker of Mississippi and they had Becky “Rhoda”, Dendra “Dee Dee,” Josie and Courtney “C. T.”. They made their home in Perkinson, MS for the next several years. Karen moved back to Mobridge in 1974, then returned to Mississippi in 1980. Karen enjoyed being a homemaker and mother, but also worked as a seamstress in clothing manufacturing and attended cosmetology school while there. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Karen moved to Red Lake, MN in 2007 to be near her family. After becoming ill in 2008, she moved to Golden Living Center in Mobridge. She was transferred to Rosholt Care Center in Rosholt in December of 2013 where she remained until the time of her passing. Karen is survived by her children: Connie Jackson of Eagle Butte, Wm. Spencer Ducheneaux of Mobridge, Jamie Ducheneaux of Wakpala, Edna Bowman of Biloxi, MS, Rhoda (Archie) Mitchell of Florida, Dendra Loper of Fort Polk, LA, Josette (T. J.) Allen of Mississippi and Courtney Antoine Bliner of E. Grand Forks, MN; two sisters, Irene Hagen of Mobridge, and Cynthia (Richard) Fiddler of Fort Yates, ND; two brothers, Steve (Norma) Ducheneaux of Cass Lake, MN and Tim (Marlys) Swimmer of Wakpala; and numerous nieces and nephews. Karen was preceded in death by her daughter Dana; grandson Ricky; parents Joe and Rebecca Ducheneaux; brothers— Joe, Owen and Carl; and sisters Delma Heldman and Angeline Pay Pay.
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