Geraldine Ann Gravatt was born on February 1, 1971, in Pine Ridge, S.D., to Eugene Swift Hawk Sr. and Roselind Poor Bear. Geraldine, 48, of Pierre, made her journey to the Spirit World on April 9, 2019, surrounded by her husband and children at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.
During Geraldine’s younger years, she attended a variety of school on and around Wanblee, SD. Geraldine met her husband in Pierre, SD and they were married in 1994. Together they shared three children, Ashton, August, and Evelyn. Family was everything to Geraldine, she was a loving and kind woman who was always willing to help anyone in need. In her spare time, she was either quilting or cooking for everyone. For many years she was the head cook at the Moves Camp Sundance. She loved every holiday, she decorated the house, made a big meal, and invited everyone over. Geraldine loved having kids around, it would make her day, and they did no wrong in her eyes. Her children were her greatest accomplishment, she was very proud of each of them and they always came first.
Geraldine is survived by her husband, Lyle Gravatt; children, Ashton, August, Evelyn & hunka daughters, Precious, Addison, and Benita; hunka son, Nate Jensen; sisters, Stephanie Waters, Julie Rosebud, and Emma Swift Hawk; hunka sisters, Memorie White Mountain, Phyllis DeSersa, and Lucille Crane; brothers, Eugene Swift Hawk, Jr., Dennis Swift Hawk, and Cody Poor Bear; hunka brothers, Carl Moran and Butch Standing Bear; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, Roselind Poor Bear and Eugene Swift Hawk, Sr.; infant child, Baby Gravatt; sister, Kayla Poor Bear; brothers, Matthew Swift Hawk and Waylon “Jerry” Swift Hawk; grandparents, Edith Cutt, Raymond Poor Bear, Florence Hawk Wing; and Stephen Swift Hawk; and her hunka mother, Pearl Dull Knife.
Pallbearers will be Opijata Chips, Peter Conquering Bear, Austin Rosebud, Carl Moran, Hoksila White Mountain, Darnell Martinez, Benjamin Long Wolf, and Ronald Dull Knife.
Honorary pallbearers will be Merna and Melda Terkeldson, Lori Smith, Paula Lanelle Plumman, Ione Plumman, Irene DuBray, Roberta Randall & Family, Matt & Nelly Two Bulls, Tanya Chipps, Dorothy Chipps, Lena Chipps, Tonette Dull Knife, Sophie Randall, Richard and Arvella Moves Camp & Family, Alice Milk, Faith Cross, Connie & Kurt Cross, Vivian Traversie, Michelle Lone Hill, Lynn Thunder Bull, Bud Weller, Irene DuBray & Family, Lenae Yellow Elk & Family, Leslie Ashley, Dorothy DeCory, Red Elk Family, Dull Knife Family, Gertie Yankton, Avera McKennan Hospital, Dougherty Hospice House, and All Friends, Relatives, and Sundancers.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 2:00 PM, Friday, April 19, 2019 at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, SD with evening services starting at 7:00 PM.
Funeral Services: 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, SD.
Officiating: Father Ed Hunt, Lay Reader Johnny Wilson, and Lay Reader Rita Brown
Burial Services: Gethsemane Episcopal Cemetery, Wanblee, SD
Traditional Lakota Services: Mr. Richard Moves Camp
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD