Phyllis Hand

Phyllis Elaine Hand (White Plume), 64, New Town, passed into the Spirit World on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in a Minot hospital.

Phyllis was born in Fort Yates on July 20, 1948, to Phillip and Rose (Hopkins) Hand. She was the youngest of nine children. She was raised in the Niishu area, and then when the flooding came, the family moved to the country 10 miles west of New Town. After the passing of her father, the family moved into New Town. Phyllis attended school in New Town and graduated in 1966. She attended Nursing School for a short time in Dickinson.

Phyllis was united in marriage to Matthew Foolish Bear in 1967, with whom she traveled and was active in the rodeo circuit; they later divorced. In 1984, she met Lyle Danks, to this union, her only son was born.

In 1970, she started work at Northrop Grumman, as a line assembler. She retired, due to health, after 35 years.

Phyllis loved to tease and laugh; she shared her wonderful sense of humor with everyone she met. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, and sewing beautiful star quilts and shawls. Not only was she known for her cheerful and easy-going nature, she was known to be respectful, considerate and a very giving, generous woman.

She was a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes and the New Town United Church of Christ; she served as president of the church council. She was a proud and influential member of many church and social organizations including: Northern Plains Conference, Council of American Indian Ministries (CAIM), Charles Hall Youth Services, Alanon, AA and OA.

Phyllis is survived by: her son, Sheldon Hand, New Town; sister, Madeline Bruce, New Town; kids (dogs), Oliver, Gus, Ginger and CoCo; and extended family of aunts, sisters and her many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Welcoming Phyllis into the Spirit World are her parents; and sisters, Rosalie, Ida, Fern Sitting Crow, Alfreda Good Bird, and Merle Bruce.

Funeral: Monday, May 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Four Bears Community Center, New Town.

Wake: Today, May 12, beginning at 5 p.m., in the community center.

Burial: Snowbird Cemetery, rural New Town.

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