Melissa Minerva Yellow Boy was born September 18, 1944, in Allen, S.D., to Charles DuBray Jr. and Katherine Lone Wolf. Melissa, 75, of Allen, made her journey to the Spirit World on January 24, 2020, at the Bennett County Hospital in Martin.
Melissa grew up in Allen, SD and Alliance, NE areas. She married Everett Yellow Boy, Sr. and they had two children, Eula Yellow Boy and Everett Yellow Boy, Jr. Upon her union to Everett, she cared for Russell Running Hawk and Roberta Yellow Boy and raised them as her own children. The family lived in Pine Ridge until her husband passed away in 1985, and the family moved to Allen, SD. Melissa was a single mother who raised four kids, she always was a devoted Christian. Melissa loved her family, and loved being a grandma to her grandchildren, Jessie, Breanna, Selena, Alex, Emily, Russ, Jr., Tanner, and Tamya.
Melissa is survived by her daughters, Eula Yellow Boy and Roberta Yellow Boy; son, Russell Running Hawk, Sr.; adopted sons, Barry Bentley and Chris Pick; step-children, Adrian Yellow Boy, Sylvia Yellow Boy, and Joyce Yellow Boy; sisters, Hazel DuBray-Wilson, Irene Gonzales, and Eula (Melvin) Young; brothers, Sam (Sandra) DuBray, Sr., Art Zimiga, Charles Zimiga, and Chester Standing Bear; adopted brother, Tim Wardell; grandchildren, Emily, Breanna, Selena, and Alexander Yellow Boy, Russell Running Hawk, Jr., Tanner Running Hawk, and Tamya Running Hawk.
Melissa was preceded in death by her parents, Charles & Katherine DuBray; husband, Everett Yellow Boy, Sr.; son, Everett Yellow Boy, Jr.; beloved granddaughter, Jessie Deanna Yellow Boy; sisters, Delores Mabin and Rachel DuBray; brothers, Seth DuBray, Henry DuBray, Sr., Felix DuBray, Sr., Vincent DuBray, and Michael DuBray, Sr.
Pallbearers will be Charlie DuBray, Martin Mabin, Everett Wilson, Michael Wilson, Vincent Pedro DuBray, John Waters, Wayne Big Crow, and Russell Running Hawk, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rachel DuBray, Prairie Rose Chapin, Vinette DuBray, Vanice Shearer, Debbie DuBray, Gloria DuBray, Melissa DuBray, Cindy DuBray, Raquel Salomon, Joni Salomon, Hazel Salomon, Diane DuBray, Delores DuBray, Samantha DuBray, Sandra DuBray, Jr., Sarah DuBray, Irene Sound Sleeper, Tonya Mabin, Angie Mabin, Donna DuBray, Kathy DuBray, Vincent DuBray, George DuBray, Rick DuBray, Rocky DuBray, Raymond Hildebrand, Samuel DuBray, Jr., Charlie Wilson, Sandra DuBray, Colleen Flanders, Kim Wardell, Heather & Warren Peterson, Arlene Tallman & Family, Isabelle Gaddie & Family, Felice Witt & Family, Sally DuBray & Family, Steve DuBray & Family, Carol Bad Hand & Family, Jenifer Haight, Suzanna Risse, Joyce Riggs, Diane Revers, Jonni & Terri Packman, Kathy & Paul Bentley, Sherry & Ken Trivette, Becky & James Baker, Sharlene May, Elvira Green, Pass Creek Elderly, All Friends & Relatives, and a special thank you to her personal nurse, Vanice Shearer.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 2:00 PM, Friday, January 31, 2020 at the American Horse School in Allen, SD with evening services starting at 7:00 PM
Funeral Services: 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the American Horse School in Allen, SD
Officiating: Pastor Tim Wardell
Traditional Lakota Services: Mr. Steve DuBray
Burial Services: Allen Community Cemetery, Allen, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD