Vera Rose Kills Small was born July 24, 1979, in Pine Ridge, S.D., to Kerman Kills Small Sr. and Annette Crazy Thunder. Vera, 40, of Oglala, made her journey to the Spirit World on December 16, 2019, at the Pine Ridge I.H.S. Hospital in Pine Ridge.
Vera Rose is survived by her parents, Kerman (Barbara) Kills Small, Sr. and Annette (Wesley, Sr.) Crazy Thunder both of Oglala, SD; daughters, Ariana Rose Titus, Hailey Frances Titus, and Penelope “Pineapple” Kills Small all of Oglala, SD; sons, Bradley and Jesse Jensen, and Jaceon “Buck Wheat” Kills Small all of Oglala, SD; special friend, Brandon “Cheetos” Running Horse of Oglala, SD; sisters, Francesca (Rob Brown) Kills Small of Oglala, SD, Cherish (Cornell Ruff, Jr.) Kills Small of Allen, SD, Melanie & Krista Kills Small, Caterina Yellow Horse, and Tessie Yellow Horse all of Oglala, SD, Danielle Whirlwind Horse of Kyle, SD, Roberta Martin of Chadron, NE, Essence Belt, Ellen Kills Small, Jolene Martin, Sioux Dawn (Maya) Janis, Rose Plenty Arrows, and Carly Plenty Arrows all of Oglala, SD; brothers, Jon Kills Small, Daniel Kills Small, Tristan Yellow Horse, Wesley Yellow Horse, Jr., Jimpson Yellow Horse, Brandon (Diamond) Kills Small, Benjamin (Jamie) Plenty Arrows, Isaiah Martin, Stephen Kills Small, and Quinn Kills Small all of Oglala, SD, Leon Kills Small of Allen, SD, and Ryan Yellow Horse of Arizona; grandparents, Corrine Brave, Veronica Janis, Catherine Looking Elk, and Jerry Dearly; aunts, Hilda Kills Small, Valerie (Marvin) Janis, Mona Brave, and Lori Bagola of Oglala, SD, and Helen Crazy Thunder of Timber Lake, SD; and uncles, James Kills Small, Donovan (Judy) Kills Small, and Renfred Good Lance.
Vera was preceded in death by mother, Vera “Unci” Good Lance; grandmother, Elizabeth Makes Him First; grandfathers, Cornelius Kills Small, Albert Brave, Sr., Samuel Brave, and Norman Crazy Thunder; aunt, Eldora “Smash” Kills Small; uncles, Francis “Punchy” Good Lance and Floyd Crazy Thunder; cousins, Alicia Janis, Elijah Blue Martin, Kelsey Good Lance, Geri Jane Plenty Arrows, and Judy Evans.
Pallbearers will be Kim Bad Heart Bull, Doyle Bad Heart Bull, Corwin Blacksmith, Fred Brings Him Back, Jr., Rob Brown, Derek “Big D” Yellow Cloud, Donald “Zondo” Brave, Brandon “Cheetos” Running Horse, Ambrose “Yamni” Belt, and Toby “Ampo” Long Soldier.
Wake Services: Two night wake services starting at 3:00 PM, Thursday, December 26, 2019 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD with evening services starting at 7:00 PM each night.
Funeral Services: 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD
Officiating: Pastor Eric Sutton and Pastor Leon Schwartz
Traditional Lakota Services: To Be Announced
Burial Services: Good Lance-Brave Family Cemetery, #6 Community, Oglala, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD