Dorothy Miner “Apaha” (On the Hill)

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June 2, 1930 – March 1, 2014.
Funeral services for Dorothy Miner, 83, of White Horse were Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church at White Horse, with Mother Margaret Watson, Rev. Norman Blue Coat, Pastor Richard Nultemeier and Episcopal lay readers officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery with Terris Thompson, George Marshall, Vern Miner, Sage Miner, Justin Miner, Brandon Miner, Chaz Gabe, Anthony Little Dog, Franklin Jewett, Luke Eagleman, William Miner IV and K.C. Buckley serving as casket bearers. Dorothy entered the spirit world March 1, 2014 in Mobridge. Dorothy Mamie White Dog “Apaha” (On the Hill) was born June 2, 1930 at Cheyenne Agency to Paul White Dog and Lucille Jones. She grew up in White Horse, where she was raised by her grandmother, Nellie White Dog, after she lost her mother in 1932 and her father in 1937. Dorothy attended White Horse Day School, Old Cheyenne Agency Boarding School and Pierre Indian School. In 1950 she married Bill Miner, Jr., and they made their home in White Horse. To this union 10 children were born. Years later, she married Orville “Buster” Traversie, and they lived in Timber Lake. No children were born to this union. She later had a child with Melvin Jewett. In Dorothy’s early days, she loved to ride horseback with her friends, Clarece Miner, Vallie LaPlant, Donna Zitzman and Lavern (LaPlant) Cummings. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, watching them in basketball, football and cheerleading, and loved going to pow-wows. She was a Christian woman, believing strongly in the Bible and attending church. She belonged to the Women’s Auxiliary at Emmanuel Episcopal in White Horse; the women would sew blankets, bake and have a lot of other church activities to raise money for the church. Dorothy also attended Lakota religious ceremonies. When her health started to fail, she stayed home and read books and enjoyed visiting with family and friends. In 2011, she began residing at Golden Living Center in Mobridge. Those left to mourn her passing include her three sons— Sheldon (Eleanor) Miner and William Miner, III of Eagle Butte and David (Williamette) Miner of White Horse; four daughters— Patsy (Bob) Marshall of Promise, Pam (Stephen) Red Buffalo of Wagner, Paula (Grady) Murray of Lovington, IL, and Colleen (Donny) Swan of White Horse; three adopted sons— Chaz (Beatrice) Gabe of White Horse, Anthony Little Dog of Little Eagle, and Tony (Michelle) Aungie of Wagner; three adopted daughters— Cheryl Skonak of Chicago, IL, Katherine Lilly of Ann Arbor, MI and the late Verna (Fielder) Ducheneaux; 59 grandchildren, 118 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She also raised six of her grandchildren—Roletta Miner of Tennessee, Justin (Joni) Miner of Mobridge, Sarah Miner and Sage (Desiree) Miner, of White Horse, Brandon Miner of Timber Lake and Vern (Hattie) Miner of Wagner. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Paul White Dog and Lucille Jones; grandparents, Joseph and Nellie White Dog; sister, Maxine Swan; sons, Bruce and Boyd Miner; daughters, Connie (Miner) Hatto and Marilyn Rose Miner; half-brother, Ralph Miner; grandchildren, D.J. LeBeau, Joseph Berenek, Donnie “Chaos” Swan and Raelene Traversie; a great-grandchild, Gabby Flying By; and niece, Francine Kennedy. Music was provided by Lloyd Thompson and Wakiyan Maza Drum Group.
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