Diana K. SoundingSides

Jun 6, 2012 Staff

Diana K. SoundingSides, 24, died Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper as the result of a one-car accident near Buffalo on Thursday, May 31.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Wyoming Indian High School gym at Ethete. Interment follows at the Willow Family Cemetery at Ethete.

Rosary is Wednesday, June 6, at the WIHS gym with a wake to follow at the SoundingSides residence, No. 11 LoneBear Lane, Ethete.

Diana Kaylene SoundingSides was born Sept. 21, 1987, in Lander. She was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation, the daughter of Mary SoundingSides and Benjamin S. SoundingSides Sr. She was a member of the Northern Arapaho/Navajo/Oglala Sioux tribes.

She started her education with the Ethete Headstart program, continued through the Wyoming Indian School system and graduated from high school in 2006.

While in high school, she played volleyball and basketball. As a freshman, she was a starter on the first state basketball championship team for Wyoming Indian High School. That year, she made all-conference and her team won their conference and regional championship. During the following 2003 to 2004 season, she again was all-conference and her team won the conference, regional and state championships. In both her junior and senior seasons, her team won their conference and regional championships and placed third at state. She was selected to all-conference and Class 2A all-state basketball teams during 2004-05 and 2005-06.

During the 2003-04 season, in a home game against Big Piney High School in February 2004, she broke the Wyoming Indian High School scoring record which had been held by Jerry Antelope for more than 25 years. In that game, she made 14 out of 16 three-pointers and scored 62 points. Family members said she is listed in the National Federation of High School Records for being tied for second in the nation for having the most three pointers in one game. Wyoming Indian High School girls basketball is also listed in the NFHS as being fourth in the nation for making 18 three pointers in that same game.

Miss SoundingSides was also featured in Sports Illustrated in fall 2004.

Miss SoundingSides died in the automobile accident, which also took the life of her friend and mentor Eddie Wadda.

Her family said Miss SoundingSides enjoyed being with family and friends, loved competitive sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball and horseshoes. She traveled to various states to participate in tournaments in Indian Country.

Miss SoundingSides joined the Army Reserves in 2006 and was honorably discharged to attend United Tribes Technical College on a basketball scholarship in 2006. Returning home in the spring of 2007, she worked with the Tribal Water Engineering and the Wind River Casino as a table games dealer. In 2010, she received a basketball scholarship to attend Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Mont. She earned her associate of arts in science degree in psychology in the spring of 2012.

Survivors include:

Miss SoundingSides is survived by her mother, Mary SoundingSides; companion Frank Hogan; brothers Brian M. SoundingSides, Ben S. SoundingSides Jr. and John R. SoundingSides; sister Claire M. SoundingSides, Kathy Joe, Cheryl Joe, Allison Reyos, Missy Goggles, LittleShell Reyos, Amanda Dewey, Jacinta Edmo, Lacey Brown, Brittney Spoonhunter, Gloria Willow, Marie Quiver and Julie Spoonhunter; aunts and uncles Richard and Marg Lee, Alvina Willow, Louis Tabaha, Melvin and Clina Long Time Sleeping, David and Nora Freland, Nader and Yvondra Buffalo, Ferlon Willow Sr., Duane Willow, Tony Willow, Brian F. and Georgia Willow, Darrin Willow, Patricia SoundingSides and Jake SoundingSides; grandparents Florence Bell, Cora Willow, Flora Willow, Floyd Willow, Edward Willow, Richard Willow and Leo Willow; nieces and nephews Derek Nipwater, Benae Nipwater, Jayden SoundingSides, Tyson SoundingSides, Kyle, Brad, JoJo, Kamaasee and Xemira Joe.

She was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin S. SoundingSides Sr.; grandfather Phillip SoundingSides; great-grandparents Albert and Clina B. Willow, Johnny and Dolly Tabaha; aunts Beverly J. Willow, Diane Tabaha and Marilyn Tabaha; brother Michael J. Willow; uncles Edward C. SoundingSides Sr., Robert "Reno" Willow, George Willow and Ronnie Willow; a cousin, Damon L. Willow.

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