Lavonne Roanhorse

Dec 11, 2012 Staff

Lavonne Roanhorse died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Wyoming Medical Center. She was 60 years old.

Traditional Indian funeral services were Monday, Dec. 10, at Rocky Mountain Hall with Boyd Lopez officiating. Interment will be in the Sacajawea Cemetery.

Lavonne Roanhorse was born April 8, 1952, in Lander, the daughter of the late Harrison Shoyo Sr. and Anna Marie Shoyo.

She was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation. She attended schools in Fort Washakie and Flandreau, S.D.

Her family said she enjoyed basketball, playing bingo, going to the casino, being on Facebook, reading, singing and riding horses. She believed in traditional ways.

She is survived by her husband, Johnson Roanhorse Sr.; daughter Johnna Ann Marie Roanhorse; son Gregory Roanhorse; sisters Anita Clair, Bernie Shoyo, Cathy Shoyo, Annie Sage, Ethel Goggles and Kiyo Oya; brothers Harrison Shoyo Jr., Arlen Shoyo and Billy Joe Goggles; grandchildren Brian, Brett, Delshai, Joshua III, Gregory Jr. Roanhorse, Harrison Roanhorse, Atsabiyaazh, Jaelynn and Shi-taa-daa-diin Roanhorse; great-grandson Jonathan Roanhorse; adopted mother Ruth Goggles; sisters-in-law Lorana and PaulineBitsilly, Alta Ashley and Lora Ann Roanhorse; mother in-law Suzie Roanhorse; aunts Rose Niedo, Mary Wagon, Rose Braman, Evelyn Waterhouse, Leona Jim, Leorna Pongah and Violet Allen; brothers-in-law Jefferson, Leo, Jack, Emerson and Wayne Roanhorse; uncles Chester Pingree and Dave Wagon; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Nevada.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son Johnson Roanhorse Jr.; adopted sons Marvin Azbill and Brandon Eagle; sister Marilyn Roberts; brothers Dean and Randy Shoyo, Roland Peahora and Duane Tillman; nephews Arlen Shoyo Jr., Kenneth Shoyo, Roland Shoyo, Shawn Clair and Shawn SunRhodes; grandparents Perry and Mary Shoyo, Alice Peahora and Jamie Pingree; adopted father Bobby Joe Goggles; aunts Annie Tidzump, Evelyn McGill, Velma Jim and Theora Galloway; and uncles Dennis, Roy Shoyo, Ben Shoyo, Lyle Dietz Jr., Edwin Judd and Steve Pongah.

Services are provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home.

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