Ernestine “Ernie” Lou Frazier

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Chanté Wašté Ománi (Walks with a Good Heart) July 21, 1937 – November 7, 2017

The funeral for Ernestine Lou Frazier, 80, of Rapid City was November 14, 2017 at the Multipurpose Building in Dupree. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery under the direction of Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge. Ernestine passed away on November 7, 2017 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Ernestine was born July 21, 1937, to Louise Fisherman White Feather (Jones) and James White Feather in Cherry Creek. Ernie attended school at the Old Agency. She ventured to California in the mid-1960’s through the BIA relocation program to achieve a certificate as a nurse’s aide. There she began her lifelong journey with the love of her life, Mervin Frazier, who was training to become an aviation and heavy-duty mechanic. They returned to South Dakota to begin their life together. They had three children, Dawn Marie Frazier, Lynn Ione Frazier, and John Michael Frazier. Ernestine also embraced the role of Ina to nephew Jim Little Wounded and niece Jerilyn LeBeau Church. Ernie was everyone's favorite Auntie/Grandmother and took pride in helping family and community. She would often be called upon to prepare her fry bread for large community and family events. Ernie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Mervin Frazier, her brothers baby Thurman, Burleigh, Duane, Melvin, Jerry, Cornelius, and Lamont White Feather; a sister Flora Little Wounded; son Darell Dean Vance and son-in-law Larry Bowker. Ernie is survived by her sister Maida LeBeau, daughters Dawn Marie, Lynn Ione, Jerilyn Church and son’s John and Jim Little Wounded. She leaves behind five grandsons Joseph and Josh Bowker, Malachi, Keoni, Roman Frazier, Mervin Young Bird, granddaughters Honey and Keturah Frazier, great-granddaughter Al’iah (Yaya) Maliza Wolfe and several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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