Kathleen Ward “Aniptu’ Luta Win” (Red Day Woman)

September 28, 1950 – July 12, 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial for Kathleen Ward, 63, of rural Timber Lake will be 10 a.m. MT, Friday, July 18, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Timber Lake. Concelebrants will be Fr. Ron Garry, Fr. Bryan Sorenson and Brother George Maufort. Burial will be in the Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. CT Thursday, July 17, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at Fort Yates, ND with a rosary at 7 p.m. CT. Kathleen passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Fort Yates IHS. Kathleen Marie Silk was born September 28, 1950 in Ft. Yates to Thomas and Bessie (Jordan) Silk. She attended the Stephan Boarding School and Ft Yates High School and received her GED in 1977. Kathleen met the love of her life, Jack Ward, in Ft. Yates. Jack and Kathleen were married on September 10, 1971 at Ft. Yates. On March 5, 1972 Kimberly Rae Ward was born in Ft. Yates. They moved to Washington State, where Jack worked for Commonwealth Electric and they spent their first years together. They then moved to Montpelier, ID where Jackie Sue Ward was born in a Mormon hospital on August 22, 1974. In 1975, Jack’s father fell ill so they moved to South Dakota and helped run the family ranch at Timber Lake. On June 10, 1979 Cotton Robert Ward was born in Bismarck, ND. Kathleen always had a love for children. She worked in McLaughlin, Timber Lake and Little Eagle as a Head Start and Pre-School teacher. Her last working years were at the Youth Treatment Center at Mobridge. Kathleen received many honors and awards working at Head Start that she cherished very much. Through the years, Kathleen was a weekend secretary and timer for a couple hundred ropings. She also spent a lot of time on the road with her husband Jack going to rodeos as well as spending time with her grandkids and being their biggest fan at their sporting events. She was an animal lover. She loved her cats and dogs and was often seen in her night gown feeding her cats warm oatmeal on cold winter mornings before going to work. She enjoyed going to the casino and playing the slot machines, where her luck always showed through. The last few years, Kathleen took up playing poker, which she loved. She even got good enough to be second best at the table. During her time in Timber Lake, Kathleen was a member of the Timber Lake Saddle Club, Timber Lake Altar Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. She will be remembered for her “goofy” personality and the love and kindness she shared with everyone that knew her. Grateful for sharing her life are her husband Jack of Timber Lake; two daughters, Kimberly (Kevin) Pinney of Philip, and Jackie (Dave) Hopkins of Rapid City; one son Cotton (Martina) Ward of Mandan, ND; seven grandchildren— Kenzy Lynn (Chris) Pierce, Kady Sioux Pinney, Kaylor Lee Pinney, Ty William Ward, Jewel Jade Ward, Matrix Dee Sandal and Trayshaun Robert Jones-Ward; two great-grandchildren Ashlynn Tehya Pinney and Chevelle Elizabeth Pierce; five sisters— Jackie Owl, Marilynn Silk, Patricia (Richard) Silk-Hartze, Shelly (Elliot) Ward and Ann Silk; two brothers Ron (Kay) Silk and Red (Reva) Gates; a brother-in-law Charlie (Becky) Ward; a sister-in-law Faye Esser; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Welcoming her home are her parents; two brothers Michael (infant) and Thomas Jr. Rocky Silk; one sister Betty Silk; one niece, her goddaughter Joey; and her forever friend Honey, her dog. Casketbearers will be her son Cotton Ward, Larry Jacobs, Adele Enright, Patti Valandra, Derek Long, and grandsons Ty Ward and Kaylor Pinney. Honorary casketbearers are all of Kathleen's past co-workers, friends and family, and the Ft. Yates IHS staff. Special music is by Janal Biegler singing "Eagle When She Flies" and "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye." Elliot Ward will sing "Thank You Mama for Praying For Me." The Holy Cross Choir will provide the music during the Mass. Ty Ward will read the obituary. (Jack Ward’s address is HC64 Box 122, Timber Lake, SD 57656.)
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