Connie Louise (Wilcox) Fast Horse was born July 10, 1952, in Kadoka, S.D. Connie passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 9, 2020, in Phoenix, Ariz., at the age of 67 with her family by her side.
She was the first child of Frances Jeannette (Sears) and Howard Joseph “Skee” Wilcox Jr. and was an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Throughout her life, Connie had held many various positions including, Office Manager at Summit, Inc., Owner of Native American Construction Co., Logistics Support Analyst at Rockwell International, GE Medical Prototype Planner of materials and Logistics Support at SCI-Samina, and Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Connie also was an excellent grant writer and would often help many non-profit organizations. She graduated from Oglala Community College on June 25, 1995, with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and an Associate of Art in General Studies. While attending college, Connie worked and raised her three sons who remember her as a kind and gentle old soul who encouraged them to pursue their goals, love, and happiness no matter what.
Connie loved to express herself artistically, one passion of hers was writing poetry about her dreams, visions, and experiences. Connie also enjoyed making Halloween costumes, animal-shaped blankets, and quilting with her sisters and would often share memories of their time together. Connie had a deep love for her family and held great pride in their many accomplishments. Many who knew Connie, have fond memories of marathon conversations over coffee; she could have a genuine interest in the conversation no matter what the topic and would listen without judgment. She was a strong woman who could pull a calf in the middle of the night, yet still be able to cook a complete meal for a large family without a second thought or complaint. Connie had taken in family members throughout the years without a second thought when they needed a home. She was a grandma to all her nieces and nephews and was the keeper of the peace in her family, never taking sides, but uplifting everyone and reminding the importance of family.
The family would like to thank everyone that could attend in celebrating the life and memory of Connie (Wilcox) Fast Horse.
Connie is survived by her spouse, C.L. Fast Horse; children, Frank (Deanna) Trask, Zebulon Trask, and Jared (Josh Klein) Trask; sisters, Janyce (Ronnie) Trask, Sheryl (Rich Cottier) Lessert, Carol (Jesse Clausen) Wilcox, Paula (Terry) Nelson, and Sheila (Steve) Hahn; brother, Dwayne (Felicia) Wilcox; grandchildren, Jordan (Sam) Tanis, Paydon Trask, Dalton Trask, Kelly Hoffman, Mazie Hoffman, Olivia Trask, and Hailey Trask; great-grandchildren, Myles Trask and Leighton Tanis; aunts, Maria “Laine” Cole and JoAnn Pourier; and uncles, Gene (Kate) Dillon, Lavern (Soni June) “Chub” Wilcox, and Sunny Pourier.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Howard J. “Skee” Wilcox Jr. and Frances J. (Sears) Wilcox; brothers, James J. “Jimmie Joe” Wilcox and Robert “Swede” Wilcox; and grandparents, Howard J. Wilcox, Sr., Evelyn (Rooks) Wilcox-Pourier, Myrtle H. (Green) Sears-Dillon, Leander Sears, Robert “Bob” Dillon, Seth Wilcox, and Angelique Labuff-Wilcox.
Pallbearers will be Shane Aby, Stewart Hahn, Sterling Hahn, Tyce Nelson, Josh Klein, Dalton Trask, Tony Wilcox, Laine Lessert, and Miles Wilcox.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Tanis, Paydon Trask, Kelly Hoffman, Mazie Hoffman, Olivia Trask, Hailey Trask, and All Friends & Relatives.
Visitation and Rosary Services: Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 14, 2020, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Martin, SD with scripture and rosary services starting at 7:00 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Martin, SD
Officiating: Fr. Ron Seminara
Burial Services: Martin Community Cemetery, Martin, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD