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2018-02-07 / Spirit World

Judith Ann Driving Hawk-Whitney

LOWER BRULE — Judith Ann Driving Hawk-Whitney, 75, made her journey to the Spirit World on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Sanford Medical Center in Chamberlain.

Judith Ann Driving Hawk was born July 8, 1942 to Ben and Mable (Black Tomahawk) Driving Hawk in Lower Brule. She attended school in Pierre and Flandreau. On January 13, 1961, Judy married the love of her life Lyle O. Whitney, Jr. To this union, twelve children were born: seven boys Roger, Myron, Bradford, Lyle, Charles, Ronald, and Joseph and five girls Janet, Mona, Candida, Margaret, and Raecia.

Judy worked as a cook for the Lower Brule Schools for many years until her retirement. In her free time, she loved sitting by the river fishing and spending time with family. She liked to bowl and was a part of a bowling league. Judy loved watching her boys play softball especially her sons.

Gratefully sharing her life are her sons Bradford Whitney, Lyle "Eli" Whitney, and Charles Whitney all of Lower Brule; daughters Mona Goodface of Sioux Falls, Candida and Clyde Estes of Lower Brule and Margaret Whitney of Lower Brule; brother Erwin "Doe Doe" LaRoche of Lower Brule; grandchildren Anne, Ashley, Ismael, Isiah, Oren "Oj", Holten, Shylynn, Myra, Leon, Derek, Amber, Neil, Grant, Garret, Trenton, Jamel, Tyrell, Isaac, Dalton, Breanne, Raecia, Josiah, and Charles Jr.; great grandchildren Duane, La- Ree, Kora, Ali, Clay, Caylee, Bailey, Keanu, Isabel, Armani, Arimin, Anailee, Charlie Rose, Landon, Benson, and Noah. She is also survived by special nephews Earl LaRoche and Ben Janis; special niece Anita Pretty Sounding Flute; and numerous other nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents Ben and Mabel Driving Hawk; her husband Lyle O. Whitney Jr., sons Myron, Roger, Ronald, and Joseph, daughters Raecia Whitney and Janet Whitney-Hardin; grandson Cayle; brother Leonard "Buzzy" Driving Hawk; sisters Connie Driving Hawk and Margie Pickner; father and mother-in-law Lyle and Mary Whitney; and nephew Earlwyn Pickner.

A two night wake service started on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Lower Brule Community Center. Funeral services for Judy Whitney were held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Lower Brule Community Center in Lower Brule with burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Lower Brule.

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